A healthy kitchen that means all the kitchen appliances are healthy, clean and smelling fresh. Many people do not pay attention to clean the garbage disposal; they think only cleaning the sink, and other appliances are enough to have a healthy environment. But garbage disposal is moist, cool, and dark, and the food scraps influx constantly in it which are causing of odor and bacteria. So, it is important to clean the garbage disposal regularly.
Before taking any step to clean the disposal, it’s better to know about the structure of it. There are two chambers such as the upper hopper and the lower hopper. The waste food scraps, rubbish, and water go down into the upper hopper chamber. The impeller blades smash up all that stuff and force them down through the holes of the flywheel. These smashed and liquefied junks are collected by the lower hopper chamber, and it helps to drain out them through the drain pipe. All these parts of the disposal need to be cleaned properly and regularly. Let’s know some tips and tricks for cleaning a garbage disposal.
Cleaning the disposal
How to remove metals, hard objects, a piece of glass, etc.
- There are some unwanted particles such as a fruit pit, a piece of bone, metal, piece of glass or rubber, etc. which are trapped into the disposal and stuck it. Remove them carefully with tongs or pliers.
How to remove grime, fat, grease, etc.
- To remove loose dirt or grime, simply flush with water.
- Place a stopper in the sink, add a squirt of dish soap and fill 2 or 4 inches of the sink with hot water. Now let the water flushes through the disposal. Hot water will help to liquefy the fat and grease.
- Take a half cup of baking soda and sprinkle down into the disposal. Add one cup of white vinegar to Don’t be surprised if it fizzes and makes noise. Let them work for a few minutes. Now pour a kettle of hot water to flush them out.
How to remove sludge, debris, etc.
- The combination of two cups ice cubes and one cup rock salt is a great remedy for the sludge, debris, etc. which are tougher to remove from the grinder elements. Add some cold water with that combination and turn on the disposal. Let them grind properly; wait until the ice is gone. It will also sharpen the blades and remove odor.
- You can use white vinegar ice cubes instead of the combination of ice cubes and rock salt.
- Use a scrub brush which is designed for garbage disposal to clean the inside of the disposal manually.
- You can also use an old toothbrush instead of a scrub
How to deodorize you disposal
- Turn on the disposal and run with some water, add half of a lemon or lime in it and let the disposal running for few minutes. It will help to clean and deodorize the disposal.
How to remove odors
- The peels of Citrus fruits such as – orange, lemon, lime, grape, etc. are the best medicine to freshen up the Garbage disposal. Just use a handful of citrus peels and grind up them, it will help to clean the blades as well as remove odors.
- Take a half cup of baking soda and sprinkle it down into the disposal. Add one cup of white vinegar. Don’t be a wonder if it fizzes and makes noise. Let them work for a few minutes. Now pour a kettle of hot water to flush them out. It is no doubt an odor-busting combo.
- Using bleach is not a good idea, but still, if you want to use then take a gallon of water and dilute a tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach in it. Pour you garbage disposal with this dilution and let it work only for one or two minutes. Then flush it out with running hot water for several minutes.
- 3 or 4 tablespoons of Borax will also work effectively to minimize the odors. Leave it into the disposal for an hour and then flush it out with hot water.
Do’s and Don’ts
Never work on a garbage disposal when it is plugged in. So, unplug the power supply of the disposal before cleaning.
Do not put the food items which are not biodegradable in the garbage disposal.
Avoid putting down fibrous food scraps like onion peels, celery stalks, artichokes, corn husks,
Do not leave potato skins which may form a thick paste and may suck the blades of the disposal.
Coffee grind, rice, pasta, can clog the drains.
You can grind up egg shells, chicken bones, small fruit pits, etc. but make sure that they are very small in size.
Do not turn off the disposal as soon as the grinding noise stops. Run some water in it to clear away the loose dirt.
Avoid putting down fat, grease or any other kind of oil into the disposal. It may slow down the motor, and may clog the drain.
Cut down the large food items into small pieces otherwise, it will take more time to grind, and it also may clog the disposal.
Add a few ice cubes to grind up with the hard skin of lemon or lime to smoothen the grinding process of the disposal.
Use your garbage disposal regularly to prevent rust and corrosion.
Grind the food waste with cold water so that it can solidify the grease, fat or oils which will be chopped up before stuck the disposal.
Avoid grinding a piece of glass, plastic, metal or cigarette butts, etc.
It’s better to avoid using bleach because it may damage the blades and drain pipe.
Wear safety gloves to protect your hands from blades if you need to use your hand inside the
Cleaning and freshening the garbage disposal is not difficult but it is important to be cautious because you are working with sharp blades.