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5 Easy Tips to Clean Your Garbage Disposal Unit


Maintenance is key to keeping a clean garbage disposal. It is just an easy feat so you don’t have to worry about getting all sweaty and stuff. All you have to do is refrain from putting down food items that can cause blockage to your garbage disposal and a regular cleaning, too.

Cleaning garbage disposals have two cardinal rules: unplug the power source and never use your fingers to pull out fallen items. Disconnecting the power source will prevent it from cutting your finger off while you are working on it. If you spot items down there and you have to pull it out, make sure to use tongs or needle nose pliers.

1. Clean from outside in

If you want to remove all those grimes and dirt and other nasty things, you have to start cleaning from the outside to the inside. Cleaning from the outside of your disposal eventually drains those tiny, grimy things that stick to the sides of the drain. You can use an old toothbrush or a scrubbing brush with a little bit of dish soap. Then, rinse the residues and the soap suds by pouring down a hot tap water.

2. Put in ice cubes and rock salt

These two are the initial cleaning ingredients. Feed your garbage disposal a substantial amount of ice cubes and sprinkle it with half a cup or so of rock salt. You can then turn the power back on to help drain down the residues from the cleaning duo. It is best to use cold water when performing this ritual. A nice, new alternative for the ice cubes is to freeze vinegar in an ice tray. Although you might want to label those as to not mistake it with regular ice cubes. After you inspect for any remaining residues and found none, turn the power back off.

3. Flush the disposal’s drain

In this step, you have to mix at least ¼ cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar. Wait until it foams and bubbles. Let the reaction of this mixture sit for at least 5 minutes and then pour it down the drain with hot tap water. This technique can also remove foul odours coming out of your disposal.

4. Scrub along the edges

Create a thick paste using the baking soda and vinegar from earlier. Scrub this new mixture along the edges and surfaces of the garbage disposal. Check every corner and leave nothing unscathed.

5. Plug in the drain

After performing the steps above, put draining plug on the opening. Run the water in your sink’s basin until it’s at least three-quarters full. You can add a tablespoon or two of dish soap in the pooling water and then remove the drain plug to let the water drain while the disposal is running.

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