Time: 5 minutes
A few easy steps will keep your disposal grinding like new.
What's in it for you?
- Longer life span for your garbage disposal
- A properly working garbage disposal
- Avoiding a rotting scent
What you’ll need:
- Paper towels
- Ice cube tray
- Citrus fruit
How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal:
- Turn it off. Always check to make sure that your garbage disposal switch is in the off position before you start cleaning.
- Clean the collar. The baffle is the removable part of your garbage disposal and is also known as the collar of the disposal. It keeps the food you’re grinding from flying out of the sink and getting all over you. Remove the baffle, rinse it off, and use paper towels to wipe it down.
- Get inside. After you put the baffle back in place, you’ll need to clean the inside of the garbage disposal. For this, make vinegar ice cubes (proven to act as a bacteria killer) and drop them down the disposal, along with some salt, and turn on the disposal. You can also use regular ice cubes as well. Never use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners.
- Deodorize. To minimize odors, grind sliced citrus fruit in the disposal while running cool water down the drain.
Tips For Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal
- Know your limitations. Put only what your garbage disposal can handle to grind. If you have a low-end garbage disposal, don’t drop in hardened or large food items into it and expect them to grind like they would in a higher-end model. That will only ruin your appliance!
- Stay cool. Coldwater is your friend when you’re running things down the disposal. It will keep the smaller but necessary pieces of your appliance (e.g. motor, shredder, bearings) from overheating.
- Put it to work. It’s important to run your garbage disposal regularly. This can help prevent rust and corrosion and keeps obstructions from accumulating.