There’s nothing quite as underrated in the kitchen as an in-sink garbage disposal. While you shouldn’t use it as a trash bin, it’s useful for disposing of small pieces of organic waste. In this blog, we’re going to review the best garbage disposal cleaning tips, and how you should go about cleaning your system.
#1. Use the disposal to clear it, and then remove the power
Start by running the disposal with water to clear any remaining food waste. After a few seconds, turn off the disposal. Depending on the age of your home or the setup, you may be able to physically unplug the disposal from beneath your sink; otherwise, you’ll need to cut power to the fuse.
Why? Well, for obvious reasons, one of the worst things that can happen when cleaning an in-sink garbage disposal is to have it turn on while your hand is in it. Many modern kitchens have buttons or switches for the disposal within reach of the sink. Just don’t take that risk.
#2. Put in baking soda, add vinegar, and then brush clean
Many homeowners tend to reach for harsher chemicals (including bleach) when cleaning their garbage disposal. However, bleach can actually harden grease in your pipes and disposal, which can lead to the need for professional drain cleaning. Instead, we recommend using baking soda and vinegar.
Use an old toothbrush to scrub the drain clean with the now-fizzing baking soda and vinegar solution. While this is happening, heat up some water in a kettle on the stove. After you’ve finished brushing, remove the brush and your hand from the disposal. Turn back on the power to the unit, and then run it, pouring the boiling water down at the same time.
#3. Now add ice cubes and salt
Run some cold water from the tap to clear away the hot water from earlier. Now, throw in about two cups of ice cubes into the disposal. Add one cup of rock salt. (If you don’t have rock salt, you can use kosher salt, or sea salt, as a substitute)
Turn on the disposal. The combination of the ice grinding with the salt will not only clean the disposal, but it’ll also help to keep the blades sharp.
#4. It’s time for some citrus
You can eliminate odors by throwing a few clean citrus peels into your disposal and running it. As they’re ground up, lime, lemon, or orange peels will release oils that make your garbage disposal smell fresh and new. Plus, the acid in the citrus will be a final cleaning step for those blades.
Call Air Control for professional drain cleaning services
The tips above will help you keep your garbage disposal sanitary and smelling fresh. However, if you have a clog, either in your disposal or in your pipes leading away from your kitchen sink, it’s a good idea to call in the professional plumbers at Air Control Home Services.
Air Control has provided Lake Havasu City and Mohave County with award-winning home services for more than 25 years. To get started, contact us online, or give us a call at (928) 680-0600.