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How to Clean the Garbage Disposal

May 2, 2018

The garbage disposal is often one of the hardest working appliances in the kitchen, but can easily be forgotten about in terms of maintenance and cleaning.  So I thought that today we could show our garbage disposals a little love with a couple of easy DIY green disposal cleaning recipes and some general maintenance tips.

 

 

Clean Your Disposal Regularly

The garbage disposal should be cleaned regularly to avoid a build up of food particles and smelly bacteria.  The good news is that it only takes a few minutes and can easily be done with items that you already have on hand.  Try to do the method below once per month and use the DIY garbage disposal bombs or vinegar citrus cubes {recipes follow} to keep it smelling fresh in between deep cleanings.

 

How to Clean the Garbage Disposal

STEP 1 – Toss 8-12 ice cubes into the garbage disposal, run the water on a cool setting, and turn on the garbage disposal unit until the ice has cleared.  This will help to dislodge smaller food particles, break up any grease build-up, and sharpen the blades.  {Rock salt can also be helpful but is not necessary if you don’t have any}.

STEP 2 – Make a paste with baking soda and water and use a small scrub brush or toothbrush to scrub the rubber flaps around the neck of the disposal.

STEP 3 – Plug the garbage disposal and fill the sink about 3/4 full with cool water, a squirt of dish soap and a cup of vinegar.  Allow to sit for a few minutes and then run the sink until the water has all cleared out.

 

Source: cleanandscentsible

 

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