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How to Clean Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals should be constantly cleaned to avoid a dirty environment accompanied with a foul odor. Inside one’s home, the kitchen is expected to be the cleanest and most well-maintained area. This is where food is stored and cooked. It is also the place where the family gathers together to eat their meal every day, the only place where they typically see each other even with their busy schedules. This is also the place where guests congregate and overflow when there is an event hosted by the owner of the house.


Aside from those mentioned previously, the kitchen serves as an area where different activities are done; therefore, it is essential to keep the kitchen as clean and fresh smelling as possible. Consequently, cleaning the kitchen properly and frequently happens to be one of the many things to be remembered every day.

Garbage disposals are mostly made of metal cylinders equipped with rotating impellers. The insides of a garbage disposal can rapidly become enclosed with sludge and debris, causing these unsuitable items to be stuck inside the drain. Glass, metal, rubber objects and stringy food materials need to be physically removed from the garbage disposal which is an easier thing to do compared to having something removed from the inside of the drain. Thus, items that become stuck or left inside the garbage disposal will breed odor-causing bacteria and cause the malfunction of the garbage disposal if no appropriate action is taken immediately.

How to clean garbage disposal requires suitable materials as well as proper safety handling. Hot water should be poured in the garbage disposal every day, and adding a small amount of liquid detergent helps make some suds to further aid in the cleaning. By turning on the garbage disposal, the water will flush right through it, cleansing the insides of the apparatus. Both the hot water and the detergent should loosen and remove the dirt left in the disposal, even those that might have clogged inside. Remove the drain and scrub away the remaining dirt by using a small scrub brush.

Once you are sure that it is clean inside, replace the drain of the garbage disposal. Cleaning the garbage disposal also includes freshening the apparatus. Grinding ice cubes by placing several cubes in the drain and grinding those helps clean the cutting blades in the garbage disposal. Also, to add a little bit of scent to the kitchen area, add rinds of any citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits) in the drain with the ice cubes.

Cleaning the garbage disposal at least once a week, if not at a daily basis, using the previously mentioned methods will help keep it free from dirt causing bacteria and also mold. It is always better to have a clean and odor-fee kitchen environment.

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Nilda Nora


I love writing about interior design. I am in love with achieving harmony at home to improve the well-being of my family. I usually write for the "Visitacasas" blog, both in Spanish and English, and personally answer the questions about home decoration of all our users.

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