Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Home Tips | 0 comments

With the start of the holiday season just a few weeks away, now is a good time to get your Thanksgiving menu prepared, your knives Home Sweet Homesharpened, your refrigerator cleaned to make room for all of those amazing dishes and your garbage disposal in great working order.

First, here is a reminder of what not to put down your disposal:

  • Grease, fat or oils – These collect inside the pipes and are often the cause of many plumbing issues.
  • Non-food items

4 Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are one of the workhorses of the kitchen. Here are four ways to keep your disposal fresh and running strong:

Option #1: Citrus Fruit

If your garbage disposal has become smelly, you can neutralize the odor by grinding up pieces of citrus fruit, such as lemons, limes and/or oranges. Simply cut up the fruit into small wedges and grind them up one at a time. The rinds help to clean the grinding components of the disposal while the fruits create a fresh, citrus smell.

Option #2: Baking Soda & Vinegar

Start by running hot water through your garbage disposal for about a minute. Turn off the water and garbage disposal. Pour 1/2 c. of baking soda down the disposal and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, pour 1 c. white vinegar and 1 c. very hot water on top of the baking soda. Let that sit for 5-10 minutes, and finally, flush the drain one more time with very hot water.

Option #3: Vinegar Ice Cubes

Periodically running ice cubes through your garbage disposal will keep it clean and also help sharpen the blades; but if you really want to get the disposal clean, freeze white vinegar into cubes and run those down the disposal.

Option #4: Disposal Care Cleaning Packets

You can also purchase disposal care cleaning packets from the store (usually located in the cleaning aisle). As they clean, they scrub away bacteria, food particles, grease, odor and any build-up under the splash guard.

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