How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Your garbage disposal can be a great tool when used correctly and properly maintained. In order to keep yours in top shape, we’ve put together some cleaning tips.
How often you clean your disposal amounts to your use and what you’re using it for. If you avoid grinding meats, bones, stringy vegetables, and other items that could cause an issue, you’ll have fewer issues. If you’re smelling strange odors from your drain, it may be time for a cleaning session. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Clean
When cleaning the disposal, you’ll want to unplug the unit and ensure that it’s completely off before starting. First, make sure there are no large bits of debris or food inside the machine. If there is, try to dislodge it with a wooden spoon or similar device.
You can then use some non-chemical cleaners to wash the inside of the unit. This could be regular dish detergent, baking soda and vinegar (which will help release any stuck-on foods), or an acid like lemon juice.
Make sure any removed parts are back in place before plugging the unit back in.
You don’t have to do deep cleaning as often if you remember to keep up with minor maintenance frequently. Grinding ice and salt in the disposal will help clean off the blades. You can also grind some citrus peels for a fresh scent.
Always run water when using the disposal to help it process food scraps, including when you’re performing maintenance. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners both during regular maintenance and deep cleaning. These can damage your drains and contribute to pipe corrosion.
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