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How to Properly Clean Your Garbage Disposal

How to Properly Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal makes life easier by clearing away scraps of food, keeping them from rotting in your garbage and causing unwanted odors. In general, garbage disposals are self-cleaning, but if you want to keep them in peak condition and prevent buildup that results in nasty odors, follow these basic garbage disposal cleaning tips from your favorite plumber. 1. Turn Off Your Garbage Disposal This may seem like a no-brainer, but we cannot emphasize it enough: Turn your disposal completely off  before you stick anything down the drain to clean it. The easiest way to turn off your garbage disposal is to unplug it. You can usually find the garbage disposal plug under the sink. If you cannot find the plug, use your home’s electrical panel to cut the electricity to your kitchens’ circuit. Before you begin cleaning, test it to ensure the disposal is completely off. Flip the switch and wait several seconds. Next use a flashlight to check for any large objects caught in your disposal. If you see anything, remove it with needle-nose pliers or tongs. DO NOT stick your hand down the disposal. Ever. If there is something lodged in the garbage disposal that you cannot reach, call a plumber. 2. Flush Your Disposal To dislodge any grime, dirt or grease in your garbage disposal, drop a dozen ice cubes and half a cup of rock salt down the drain. Now plug your disposal back in and run it with the water on for a few minutes. The salt and ice should knock off any gunk on your blades, and the salt will help kill...
Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running with These Tips

Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running with These Tips

You probably take your garbage disposal for granted. After all, under normal circumstances, it comes to life with the flick of a switch and makes quick work of your kitchen waste. But your garbage disposal needs regular care to keep it running smoothly. Follow these tips for routine care of your garbage disposal. Keep the Water Running It is important to turn on the cold water and keep it running when you use your garbage disposal. While your disposal blades do the hard work of grinding waste, they can’t get rid of it on their own. Cold water flushes the bits of food from the blades and carries them down the drain. Don’t use hot water as this can liquefy traces of grease and carry it down the drain where it will cling to the plumbing when it hardens again. Clean Your Disposal Keeping your garbage disposal clean and fresh eliminates odors in the kitchen and prolongs the life of your garbage disposal. Throw a handful of ice cubes down the disposal and grind them to bits once a month to remove food particles from the blades and help sharpen them too. If odor is a problem, grind up a lemon or other citrus. Likewise, you can add a few drops of dish detergent to the drain and allow the blades to work up a lather or pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain to eliminate odors. Foods to Avoid Putting in the Garbage Disposal Sticky or Starchy Foods: It may surprise you to learn that potato peelings are a common cause of clogs in the garbage disposal. When ground, the...