Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Clean

With the holidays there’s a lot more cooking, more friends and family around and more festivities that can leave your garbage disposal working overtime.

It’s important to keep your garbage disposal clean and free of debris to ensure proper functionality, especially during this busy season.

What not to use it for. Some of the items you should not be putting down your garbage disposal include fibrous vegetables such as celery, asparagus, and artichokes, coffee grounds, grease, bones, and eggshells. These items can dull your blades, burn out the motor and cause clogs.

Flush it. Flush your disposal with water first to dislodge any food or even dirt from handwashing and vegetables. You can do this by plugging the opening to your disposal and fill the sink with hot, soapy water. The hot water will dislodge any grease that may be on the disposal as well as dissolve anything else stuck to it.

Ice and salt it. After flushing your disposal, throw some ice and salt into the disposal (around a 2:1 ratio) and turn your disposal on. This will continue to work off anything stuck to the blades and inside the walls of the disposal.

Scrub it. Using a long-handled scrub brush, not your hands, manually clean the walls of the disposal and blades to remove the last of the debris that might be stuck inside. Using water and a little dish soap should do the trick to get it nice and clean.

Freshen it. If you want to add a little more freshness to your disposal, add lemon or orange peels and turn it on. This will great a fresh scent.

Have a very happy holiday season and as always, we’re here to help with any of your plumbing, heating and air conditioning, or electrical needs. Just give us a call if you have any questions or need assistance.