How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal gets rid of food waste, making your kitchen more eco-friendly. But in the process, they can collect residue that smells horrible. If there is a wretched smell coming out of your sink, it is probably time for a deep cleaning. We’ve got a few tricks to help get your kitchen smelling fresh again.


Salt and Ice Cubes


This might seem a little odd but add two cups of ice cubes and then one cup of salt to your garbage disposal to keep it clean. Run the water and then turn it on. Be prepared for a loud noise. The combination of the ice and the salt will clean all the sludge out of your disposal and will sharpen the blades at the same time.


Add a Lemon


Put lemon slices in your garbage disposal for a fresh citrus scent. Turn on the garbage disposal with the water running and let the lemon go to work. The citric acid from the lemon will clean any oily residues from the food residue and will leave a fresh scent in the air. As a bonus, it doesn’t cost much and is eco-friendly.


Baking Soda and Vinegar


Fill the entire garbage disposal with baking soda. Add a half cup of vinegar and let the chemical reaction work on the food residue stuck inside the garbage disposal. Allow the mixture to sit for at least an hour before turning on the disposal and flushing it out with water. The foaming action will remove the oils and grease, leaving you with a clean drain.


Use a Scrub Brush


We do not recommend ever reaching your hand down into the garbage disposal. Instead, invest in a long-handled brush to scrub the dark corners of your disposal. The brush will dislodge any extra residue that might still be hanging out in the drain, causing the awful smell.


If these methods don’t work or you are experiencing more problems with your disposal, give Bonita Plumbers a call. We can help you clean a smelly or clogged drain just in time for the holiday season. Our team of trained professional plumbers can help with all your plumbing needs.

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