How to Clean a Garbage Disposal? Useful Tips for You

December 17, 2021
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Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposal is a very important place in a kitchen. They make homes more eco-friendly and less wasteful by slurping up flat soda and sucking away food waste. When we use it, residue and food particles can be left behind and cause an unpleasant odor. 

We all know that the smell tells us when the garbage disposal needs to be cleaned. It is very easy to keep the garbage disposal working at its best. You need to be aware of what not to put into the garbage disposal for that purpose. For example, you should keep coffee grounds, fibrous material, liquid grease, or eggshells far away from the disposal because that can cause clogs and impede performance. 

You can clean your garbage disposal with the items you already have in your kitchen, and you do not need to buy expensive products to perform this job. If you come across some serious drain or garbage disposal problems, contact Avanti Plumbing and Drains, the Plumbing and Drain Experts, for help.             

Here, we shall explain the process of how to clean garbage disposal:

Vinegar and Baking Soda

A simple vinegar mixture and baking soda can help you clean your garbage disposal. For this process, sprinkle some baking soda into the disposal, followed by a cup of apple cider or white vinegar. 

This process of combining vinegar and baking soda will create a bubbling effect. Wait for 5 minutes without running any water. We suggest you use hot water to rinse it. If you do not have plenty of hot water, run the cold water to distribute the mixture and flush through the unit.

Dish Soap and Hot Water

You will need dish soap and hot water for this simple method. This process will help if you notice some unpleasant odor coming from the garbage. Pouring hot water into the disposal can help loosen the stick and stubborn food particles. Getting the job done with dish soap and hot water, you need to use a sink stopper and add plenty of dish detergent to the sink. 

Now, run hot water into the sink and fill it to half. Ensure that the soapy water has reached the upper portion of the unit, which is often missed by the other methods. When you release the sink stopper, turn the disposal on, and let all the contents drain into the unit.

Ice Cubes and Salt

This might sound peculiar, but it works. Add 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of ice to the disposal and turn it on. The garbage disposal will make some noise but don’t worry because this is part of the process. 

During this, turn on the tap and let the combination work to remove the debris from the disposal. This combination cleans the disposal and will sharpen the blades of the garbage disposal to improve the overall performance. If you want a garbage disposal installation or have any clogs, visit Avanti Plumbing for professional services.