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 Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for repair. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.

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