Here are some Tips on Cleaning your Garbage Disposal

plumbermosman cleaning garbage disposalA garbage disposal unit is an effective and efficient machinery that’s able to grind food wastes with ease. Cutting down the food chunks into tiny little pieces can certainly help in lowering the chances of having a drain clog in your kitchen sink. However, your garbage disposal unit is vulnerable to damage and malfunctions from the food residue that gets stuck on the machinery. There are some cases in which a few food particles are decomposing in the disposal ―— causing clogs in the process. To avoid damage and odours coming from your garbage disposal, you need to be able to fully clean and sanitise the machinery. Here are some tips on how to clean your garbage disposal unit. Before you start cleaning, make sure that the garbage disposal unit is turned off to avoid body injury, especially to your hands.

The water and bleach mixture

What you need is a container (it shouldn’t overflow and has some space allowance) that’s big enough for a gallon of water and some liquid chlorine bleach. Pour a gallon of water into the container and mix it together with the bleach. The next step is to simply pour the solution into the drain and leave it for a few minutes. Afterwards, wash the drain to remove the solution together with the dirt and grime that are stuck in the drain. Bleach is very effective in eliminating bacteria as well as the odour, but it may not be able to fully remove the grease and oils in the disposal unit. The solution for this is to pour warm water into the drain to take out the accumulated grease and oil.

Baking soda and vinegar mixture

This particular solution is widely used for various household chores and cleaning regimen. Of course, one of its intended purposes is to clean drains together with the garbage disposal unit. It’s a direct method in cleaning the drains just like the bleach solution earlier so you won’t have to worry about any complex solutions. Smear ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda inside the drains and disposal unit, not around the drain openings since that would be totally ineffective. The next step would be to pour one cup of vinegar and let the ingredients mix and fizzle. Leave the chemical for around 5-10 minutes and then pour hot water down the garbage disposal to cleanse it thoroughly.

Fruit fragrance

Your garbage disposal may already be cleaned but there is still a chance that the rotten food odour will still linger. You don’t need chemical cleaners to remove the odour, you simply need to buy some lemon or citrus fruits and do the following:

  1.  Peel either the lemon or citrus, depending on what you bought.
  2. Cut your chosen fruit into small pieces
  3. Put the fruit the pieces into the disposal unit and let it grind. The scent from the grinded fruits will remove the odour and leave your garbage disposal having a fruit and fresh smell. Alternatively, you can also pour an extract of the lemon or citrus.

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