Selling your home can bring to the forefront a million little tasks you need to do, but haven’t had the chance to. For some, it might be as simple as giving the place a good once-over with a mop and a broom. For others, it can get pretty intense. To keep things from spiraling out of control, create a maintenance schedule and include all the little things you may not realize you need to do until they become a problem.

One of the more common pitfalls among homeowners is taking care of the garbage disposal. It can easily be overlooked; and lot of folks don’t realize there’s a problem until they get hit in the face one day with a whiff of something awful surging up from the depths of their sink. If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, then you know what I mean.

Cleaning the garbage disposal is pretty simple, and it should be done at least once a month. If there’s already a smell coming from your disposal, fill an ice cube tray half full of water and the other half full of white vinegar. Pop it in the freezer for a few hours and once all the liquid has frozen, put both of them into the disposal and turn it on. As the blades grind the cubes into shards, the smaller pieces will clean the blades while the vinegar helps to kill of what’s causing the smell. This can be done 2-3 times a week until the smell has dissipated.

Alternatively, you can put half a cup of baking soda down your disposal followed by half a cup of white vinegar. Make sure you get it all down there because once they’ve mixed, the solution will fizz up. Let it sit for 15 to 30-minutes and then wash it down with warm water.