Cleaning 101: The Garbage Disposal

Cleaning 101: The Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is an appliance in your kitchen that allows you to dispose of select food waste. Over time, your disposal will take a beating as it shreds up your waste, eventually becoming dirty and oftentimes smelly. When it’s time to give your garbage disposal a good cleaning, keep a few of these tips in mind.

Cleaning Methods

  • Baking Soda & Vinegar – Take your grade school homemade volcano project and apply the same technique to your garbage disposal. Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. The reaction of this acid and base solution will create a fizzy cleaning agent.
  • Citrus Peels & Ice Cubes – If you’re looking to freshen up your disposal blades, throw a few ice cubes and small citrus peels down the drain. To make pre-made cleaning cubes, place your lemon peels into an ice cube tray, fill them with water, and freeze them. Now you can toss a few of these into the disposal to remove any buildup on the blades while also leaving behind a pleasant citrus scent.

Preventative Measures
The garbage disposal should be cleaned regularly, but there are some preventative measures you should take. In order to prevent clogs or a buildup of gunk on the blades, avoid throwing these items into the disposal:

  • Potato Peels
  • Egg Shells
  • Grease/Oil
  • Banana Peels

If your garbage disposal needs a good cleaning (which it should every month), opt for these cleaning methods. When your garbage disposal begins to malfunction, contact Tri City Heating and Cooling for repair. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.


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