How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

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What is that smell? The trash has been taken out, the floor has been mopped and the fridge has been emptied. But the problem is coming from under the kitchen sink. Sometimes we forget that our garbage disposals need love, too.

So you need advice on how to clean a garbage disposal. There are several different ways to tackle this problem. Here are a few.

Use Citrus

Frozen slices of citrus, such as oranges or limes, can provide a clean and fresh scent to your garbage disposal. Run the disposal with some cold water and drop a couple fruit slices in. This will help remove the gunk off of the disposal blades.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

This method is fun because it is almost like a science experiment. All it takes is about a half of a cup of baking soda and a whole cup of vinegar. While the mixture fizzes inside the disposal, heat up some water. Pour the hot water down the disposal to clear out the remaining vinegar and baking soda.

Ice Cubes and Salt

Another variation of the frozen citrus slices is to just use ice cubes. The ice cubes, along with some kosher salt, will help loosen and remove leftover food and grime in your garbage disposal.

Don’t forget about the rubber stopper on the drain to the garbage disposal. Sometimes this can be the toughest part to clean, but a good sponge and some hot, soapy water can remove all the grime off of this part of the sink in a jiffy.

Wearing gloves while cleaning your garbage disposal is also a good idea.

Most garbage disposals should do a good job of cleaning themselves, but sometimes they need a little tough love. If you have any other questions about how to clean a garbage disposal or kitchen plumbing problems, don’t hesitate to call On Time Elmer!

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