When it comes to home equipment, having a garbage disposal makes it easier for you to manage the waste from your kitchen. Apart from making it easy to keep your meal prep room clean and sanitized, a garbage disposal saves plenty of your time and effort, while still being an environmentally friendly way of managing wastes. However, this essential kitchen equipment needs to be regularly cleaned to keep your kitchen sanitized and prevent clogging the drain, which is a common source of foul odors in the kitchen. Even the top of the line InSinkErator model should be cleaned on a regular basis. Below is an overview and things you need to know what to put down a garbage disposal to clean it.
Below are an overview and things you need to know what to put down a garbage disposal to clean it.
1. Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Hot Water
Cleaning the garbage disposal can be a simple task, done using simple ingredients from your kitchen’s cabinet. The Baking soda and vinegar mixture produces a characteristic fizz and sound upon mixing. The beauty of these two is that they not only clean, they also deodorize and get rid of bacteria that cause odor as well. Start by pouring about half a cup of soda down your drain, followed by your cider or apple vinegar then close the drain for a couple of minutes. After a few minutes, pour about a kettle full of boiling water down the drain. This produces some typical bubbling reaction, which is active in the cleaning process. Let it do the work for a few minutes, after which you should turn the unit on to have the mixture distributed throughout the system with the water running.
2. Water and Bleach
There is more to the importance of bleach than just washing and sanitizing surfaces in your home. This important chemical compound can also be used for your garbage disposal, to keep it smelling fresh and clean. In a gallon of water, place about a tablespoon of chlorine bleach and thoroughly mix in a gentle motion, and pour your bleach solution down the drain, allowing it several minutes to take action. After about 25 minutes, flush your drain using hot water, and let it run for a few moments. The solution will get rid of germs and odors, while the hot water will eliminate any solidified grease along the drain.
3. Ice Cubes and Citrus Peels
Another quite effective way to clean your garbage disposal blade is using ice cubes along with some citrus peels. Pour these pieces of frozen water down your drain, and have them ground in your garbage disposal unit. Citrus peels come in as the deodorizing formula. While your citrus peels and ice cubes grind, the water should also be running to get rid of the formed or accumulated debris.
4. Hot Water and Dishwasher Detergent
A mixture of dish soap and hot water can also do the trick, especially if you happen to notice some foul smell coming out of your garbage disposal you can simply take care of this by boiling some water and adding some detergent into your sink and retain it using a rubber stopper. Half fill your sink with hot water and turn on the garbage disposal unit while releasing the garbage disposal stopper. By so doing, you will be able to reach the points that other cleaning methods don’t usually reach. Especially, for drain lines where food residues are accumulated, this method is considerably efficient in eliminating stuck food material from the drain lines as well as getting rid of foul smells.
If you keep the above tips in mind and put them in practice, a foul-smelling garbage disposal will barely be a problem to you. Also, it’s important to go the extra mile of understanding what not to put in your garbage disposal, if at all you want to get the most out of it. Avoid putting down the drain, things such as egg shells, coffee husks, and other particulate matter that may dent the garbage disposal blades or cause your plumbing to clog.