Garbage Disposal Cleaning

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It’s April. Happy spring cleaning!!!! Truth be told, I shudder at the thought. The sun’s out. It’s finally warm enough to step outside. The last thing I want to do is stay inside and clean. Plus, I’m kind of scared to see what is under my couch.

If it scares you, too, hang with us. We are breaking things down. Cleaning little bits of our kitchens, one 5 -minute step at a time.

First up, the garbage disposal. He’s easy to forget about. Until he’s stinky. And then you can’t ignore him.

If you’ve been ignoring your food waste disposer, read on to find out our tips and tricks for a fresh and clean garbage disposal.


1. Be conscious about the food you’re allowing into your disposal.

Your garbage disposal is not a trash can. It shouldn’t be used as one. Scrape your plates into the garbage can before rinsing off into your sink. This will remove the large pieces of food, allowing your disposal to do its job with the small scraps.

If you prefer rinse everything down, there are a few foods you should try to keep out: 1) fruit and vegetable peels 2) pits and seeds 3) starchy foods – rice & pasta 4) egg shells 5)grease. This will keep your pipes cleared and happy.

2. Take care of your disposal while its running. 

While processing the food in your disposal, keep cool water running the entire time. Manufacturers suggest cool water to prevent overheating of your disposal unit. Easy!

Once the food is done processing, continue running your disposal with a stream of water for 30 or so seconds. This will ensure your disposal is completely clear and will rinse the food particles completely down the pipe.

3. You can freshen your disposal. 

A couple times a month, you can use products to freshen the smell of your disposal.

Every other week, throw a Plink into your disposal. In just a couple of minutes, your disposal will be fresh smelling. And it will stay fresh for a couple of weeks! Super simple and effective!

You can also grind a couple citrus wedges to freshen the smell. The citrus oils will clean and freshen inside the disposal.

4. Clean your disposal.

Freshening your disposal will only be effective if you have cleaned the inside every month or so.

Simply place a cup or two of ice cubes in the disposal. Throw a bit of salt on top. As it grinds, the ice will help to remove any sludge or debris built up on the sides.

Eventually, you will also want to scrub the inside of the disposal unit. Using a soapy rag, reach your hand inside and scrub the bottom, sides, and top of the unit. If your disposal has a black, rubber guard, they can be removed and cleaned further.

If you’ve never cleaned the inside of your disposal, you’re sure to find some treasures 😉 But cleaning often will result in a fresh and clean disposal. Not much is better!!

Stay tuned this month! We have more cleaning tips and tricks coming your way.

What is your favorite cleaning tip??? Share in the comments.




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