3 Ways to Clean and Freshen up Your Garbage Disposal

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Your drains will have fewer chances of clogs if you clean and maintain it each week. Installing a garbage disposal will make cleaning easier and fast. For those of you who still don’t have a garbage disposal; we suggest you consider installing one. The garbage disposal processes a great amount of food wastes each day. As time passes on, the device will accumulate food residue. This build-up can halt or impair the functions of the unit. The food accumulation can also cause odour on your sink. You must maintain your garbage disposal just like any other device. Here are some ways to clean and refresh your unit.


  1. The baking soda and vinegar method

Baking soda is widely used in various household cleaning. This solution is used to remove rusts, eliminating odours, and many more. Baking soda is  useful for cleaning the drains and garbage disposal. You’re essentially cleaning the garbage disposal if you’re cleansing the drains.

For the mixture: mix baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl or container. Each of the condiments can have ¼ to ½ cup. The volume of the mixture will depend on how much you want. Another alternative is to sprinkle baking soda into the drains and pour vinegar afterwards. Take note that mixing the two components will cause a natural fizzing reaction. Leave the mixture between 5-10 minutes before pouring hot water into it. The inflow of hot water will aid in flushing down the clogs as well as the mixture. This will also cleanse both the drain and garbage disposal unit.

  1. Use fruit peels

The baking soda and vinegar mixture can take out minor clogs, but it might not be enough to stop the drain smell. If you noticed that the food odour or the vinegar smell is still present, then we suggest you use fruit peels. Fruits can help eliminate odour coming from the drains. You can use oranges, grapefruits, lime, or even lemon for this method. Cut small pieces or peels of your chosen fruit then flush it down the drain. Don’t flush down large portions of the fruits since it might get stuck on the disposal unit. Leave the blades as it grinds the fruit peel and then run water into it.  

  1. Run water into the garbage disposal even if you’re not using it

A garbage disposal that isn’t used for a long time can actually be more prone to rust and corrosion. The reason for this is that there might be food and material accumulation in the garbage disposal. This collection of residue can stick on the blades and other parts of the unit and cause corrosion. Running water into the garbage disposal frequently will help clear stuck debris and residue.

In case your garbage disposal is clogged and you want to check out the inner components. You need to be sure to shut down the unit before placing your hands into it.

Running your garbage disposal in a regular basis is recommended. Frequent use prevents rust and corrosion. It also assures that all parts stay moving and prevents obstructions from accumulating