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How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

October 3, 2018
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Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals in kitchens are amazing appliances that help to clean all those unwanted scraps of food quickly and effectively. While they are generally self-cleaning appliances, they need a little attention and love occasionally. This stops odors and keeps them in good working condition. In the following post, we will you to do this easily.

Remove Trapped Objects

First, you need to remove any large objects that may be trapped in your disposal. Obviously, switch it off so that it doesn’t start functioning while you are cleaning. It is best to use tongs or pliers to remove the trapped object, taking care to not damage the grinder. It is best to not use your hands, but if you have to just make sure there is no chance the grinder will turn on accidentally.

Flush the Disposal with Water

Flush out the garbage disposal using lots of water. This will help to remove loose dirt and grime. Do this by putting the stopper in place and then adding some detergent and run enough hot water to fill the sink with 2 to 4 inches. Take the plug out and turn the disposal on. This allows the water to flush through the garbage disposal. Always use hot water instead of cold water because the hot will liquefy and flush away any grease or oil present in your drain.

Use Salt and Ice Cubes

Grinding a mixture of salt and ice cubes in the disposal is an effective way to remove any debris and sludge that is tougher to remove and that has become attached to the grinder blades. One cup of rock salt to two cups of ice should be enough. Switch the disposal on, running some cold water at the same time and allow the salt and ice to be crushed by the grinder blades. As well as cleaning your disposal, the ice will also help to remove disgusting odors and sharpen the grinder blades.

Scrubbing Disposal

Scrub with a Scrubbing Brush or Old Toothbrush

You can, if necessary, manually scrub the inside of your disposal with a scrubbing brush specially designed for this job. If you don’t have one of these handy, you could use an old toothbrush instead. If you can, you should take the screen off the top of the drain first and then you will find it easier to clean and see what you are doing.

As you can see it may be easier than you thought to clean your garbage disposal. You don’t have to clean it that thoroughly every day or even every week, but it may be helpful to schedule this type of clean on a monthly basis. The great thing is that the more you stay on top of the cleaning of your garbage disposal, the easier and quicker it will be to complete the task each subsequent time.

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