Over the past two days we’ve had a kitchen stench. You know, that smell you (1) can’t find, and then (2) can’t get rid of? We were at the ‘can’t find’ stage and you should have seen us walking around the kitchen — we looked like two little hound dogs, flaring our noses to try to pick up any whiff of the scent and figure out where it was coming from.
Well we decided it was probably the garbage disposal and whatever God-only-knows-how-old food we had shoved down there at some point. I know lemons help with garbage disposal odors, but they’re not something I keep around on a regular basis, so I resorted to vinegar and baking soda (yes, there are more uses for them than elementary school science projects).
Now, white vinegar is best for neutralizing odors because its own odor is not too pungent. Unfortunately I didn’t have white vinegar, and I decided apple cider vinegar couldn’t be too much different.
I was wrong.
I woke up the next morning to a RANK odor in the kitchen. I don’t know what kind of filthy stench-seeping monster had grown in my garbage disposal overnight, but he had apparently loved the apple cider vinegar. I couldn’t handle it for more than a few minutes. I quickly wrote LEMONS in large capital letters on my grocery list and came home with some that afternoon (three to be exact, in case the first two couldn’t finish the job), stuffed them into the gaping hole that had become the bane of my existence for the past 24 hours, held my nose, turned on the water, and let ‘er rip. I probably ran that garbage disposal for a full minute.
And do you know, it worked. Not only did the lemons knock out the giant stench immediately and for good, but they also filled my kitchen with a lovely citrus scent.
Now, the tomatoes in the back of the fridge were quite another matter…