Cleaning Tips for the Garbage Disposer

Cleaning your garbage disposer regularly is an easy way to have your kitchen smelling fresh and your sink drain working properly.

You can opt to buy a disposer cleaner to eliminate odor-causing bacteria – if so, choose a non-corrosive, biodegradable foaming additive to clean your disposer and drain for a clean, refreshing scent.  The alternative is to “go natural” and use the do-it-yourself baking soda cleaner mixture:

  1. Turn off disposer and disconnect power supply.
  2. Place stopper in sink opening and fill sink halfway with warm water.
  3. Mix 1 cup (240 ml) baking soda with the warm water.
  4. Turn on disposer and remove stopper from the sink to wash away loose particles. This will flood the inside of the disposer to wash away particles loosened during this cleaning operation.

It is important to remember to use only cold water when operating your disposer. Cold water hardens greasy substances, which makes it easy to grind them into tiny particles. Cold water also keeps grease from sticking to the drain lines. It is okay to drain hot water into the disposer between grinding periods.

 

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