A clean and healthy garbage disposal is essential to any kitchen’s performance, and keeping it that way takes a bit of effort. Cleaning and maintaining a garbage disposal can help it operate more effectively, last longer, and keep dirty odors and grime from building up. Here are easy steps to keep your garbage disposal clean and hygienic.
Start by cleaning the exterior of your garbage disposal. Remove any excess dirt and grime buildup around the motor with a damp cloth. Take extra caution around the blades to avoid injury. Make sure to unplug the disposal before cleaning.
To keep the interior of the disposal clean, pour a half-cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of lemon juice into the disposal. Run cold water and turn on the disposal to help the solution spread throughout it. Turn the disposal off and let the solution sit for a few minutes to dissolve any grime or residue.
To keep your garbage disposal smelling nice, fill it with ice cubes and let it chop them up. Ice cubes help to safely and effectively dislodge debris and particles stuck to the walls and blades of the disposal. Follow up by pouring a few drops of lemon or citrus-scented dish soap into the disposal and run it again with cold water to clean the blades.
To prevent clogs from occurring in the disposal, run cold water before, during, and after you turn it on, as this will help all matter move through the disposal safely and effectively. Don’t overload your disposal, as too much food at once can easily clog it up. If you put too much food down your drain and the disposal clogs, turn it off and use a plumber’s snake to unclog it.
To reduce malodors, put a few slices of lemon or orange into the disposal and run it with hot water. The acidic juice will help clean out grease and freshen up your disposal.
For deeper cleanings, put a few cut pieces of fresh ginger root down the disposal with a cup of white vinegar. Let the solution sit for a few minutes and then rinse with cold water and a half-cup of baking soda.
To keep your garbage disposal running efficiently, you should regularly clean, deodorize, and prevent clogs. Take the time to schedule regular cleaning and maintenance of your garbage disposal to ensure it will serve you for years to come.