Tips: How to Clean the Garbage Disposals

Lets face it – most of us have a garbage disposal in our homes and we do not treat them kindly. As a matter of fact, it is my opinion that we take this household appliance for things you should know about garbage disposal. A poorly maintained or operated disposal can and will break down, block and clog the drains and cause an endless list-and dare I say- of expensive plumbing and drain disasters.

Clogged drains are an inconvenience and garbage disposal repair can be very expensive. Don’t fret, most issues are completely unnecessary. Regular care and maintenance is very easy. If you treat your garbage disposal well it will treat you well, in return.

Listed below are some best practices to follow along with the major don’ts.

Garbage Disposal Best Practices:

    • Do keep your garbage disposal clean. Pour a little dish soap inside and let it run for a minute or so with some cold water after washing dishes.

 

    • Do run your unit regularly. Frequently running the disposal helps with the prevention of rust and corrosion and assures that all parts stay moving. It can also prevent any clogs from building up.

 

    • Do grind food waste with a strong flow of cold water. Cold water you ask? It will cause any grease or oils that may get into the unit to solidify, so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.

 

    • Do grind certain hard materials such as fish bones, eggshells, small fruit pits, etc. This causes a scouring action inside the grind chamber that helps clean the walls of the disposal.

 

    • Do grind citrus fruit peelings such as lemons or oranges to freshen up drain smells.

 

  • Do cut large items into smaller pieces. Put them into the grinder one at a time instead of trying to shove a large amount in at once.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts:

    • Don’t put anything in the unit that is not biodegradable food. Non food items will damage both blades and the motor. Your garbage disposal is not a trash can.

 

    • Don’t grind glass, plastic, metal or even paper.

 

    • Don’t grind anything combustible.

 

    • Don’t grind cigarette butts.

 

  • Don’t pour grease, oil or fat into your garbage disposal or drain. Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal’s grinding ability as well as clog drains.

 

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