Home garbage disposals need regular cleaning. Lots of food particles and residue are left behind and cause the disposal to work harder and smell unpleasant.
What is nice is you have many items in your home already that you can use. No special or expensive cleaners needed!
First NEVER put your hand in the unit.
Ice cubes – put a few handfuls of ice into the unit, turn it on and run some cold water while the cubes grind.
Ice and rock salt – You can add a cup or so of rock salt to the ice cubes for some extra scrubbing power. Remember to run cold water when you turn the disposal on.
Baking soda and vinegar – A simple mixture of baking soda and vinegar is also a good cleaning method. Sprinkle about a half-cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by a cup of white or apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture bubble up and sit for five to ten minutes, then turn on the disposal and run water to distribute the mixture throughout the unit.
Citrus – Any type of citrus juice is a good disposal deodorizer. Lime, lemon, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit will all help refresh your sink and system. Be sure to run hot water during.
Borax – You can also sprinkle a few tablespoons of borax into the disposal, followed by running water.
Hot water and dish soap -This method is helpful if you have noticed an unpleasant odor. Using the sink stopper, plug the disposal drain and add a generous squirt of dish detergent to the sink. Run hot water into the sink until it is at least halfway full. As you release the sink stopper, turn on the disposal and let the entire sink contents drain into the unit while it runs. This method helps fill the disposal with soapy water to reach the upper portions of the unit, which often don’t get cleaned by other methods. It also helps clean the disposal drain line, which can harbor food residue and odors.
Boiling water – Pouring boiling water into the disposal, by itself or following some of these other methods, can help loosen stubborn food particles.
Dish soap and baking soda – It’s also important to clean the drain crevices around the disposal as well as the rubber splashguard around the drain. You can use dish soap or baking soda to do this. Use a dish brush or toothbrush to scrub underneath the splashguard flaps.
These simple cleaning tools will help your kitchen smell great. Always remember to use caution.
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