Your Garbage Disposal is Gross: Here’s How to Clean It


You don’t have any more to do than toss your scraps in the trash, where they will rot and collect flies until you get picked up.

This appliance is a true champion of kitchen appliances. Give it some TLC and clean it occasionally. This will make it run more smoothly, remove unpleasant odors, and get rid of pesky drain flies.

Here’s how.

Step 1: Reduce the power to the Garbage Disposal

You have seen the damage that garbage disposal can cause to food. Think about what it could do to your hands. It is imperative that you disconnect the power supply before you clean it. It is usually plugged into the outlet below the sink. Unplug it. Turn it on to confirm that the garbage disposal is working.

Step 2: Find out What’s down There

Take a flashlight to take a look. Vegetable fibers that are wrapped around the impellers should be removed with tongs and needle-nose pliers. These fibers can cause gumming over time. You should stop putting stringy food down the drain. Never ever touch it to remove any potential problems. It doesn’t matter if it is unplugged.

Step 3: Pour Ice and Salt down It

You can clean the blades with water, ice and rock salt.

  • Place a few dozen ice cubes down the drain, and add about half a cup of rock salt.
  • Reconnect the appliance
  • Turn on the faucet, and the garbage disposal will run for approximately one minute

Step 4: Add Vinegar to Baking Soda

Vinegar and baking soda are a powerful combination that causes a fizzy reaction to kill bacteria such as salmonella or E.coli.

  • Half a cup of vinegar and half a teaspoon baking soda should be poured into the drain.
  • Allow it to fizz for approximately 15 minutes
  • Make a paste of the ingredients, and then place it on an old toothbrush
  • To remove bacteria, mildew, and grime, scrub the rubber flaps

Step 5: Flush

This is the last one-two punch to get rid of all the gunky bits.

  • Turn off the water!
  • Water the basin
  • Use a teaspoon dish soap
  • Take out the plug
  • Turn the disposal on until the water runs dry

It was so easy! The appliance will not only be cleaner but also more efficient. Run citrus peels through your disposal if you want to infuse the air with a fresh, lemony scent.

This post was written by Joey Denick. Joey is the Owner and Operator of Clog Kings. At Clog Kings, LLC, we pride ourselves on our dedication and efficiency. We know you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we work fast to get your home or commercial building back up and running in no time. If you are looking for water heater installation in Sarasota then look no further because we got you covered!

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