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The Right Way to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal, you know just how convenient it can be when you’re in a rush and using your kitchen a lot. However, you also probably know that it can start to smell and harbor bacteria over time — things no homeowner wants to experience.

Fortunately, cleaning your disposal is a lot easier than most people realize.

Cleaning Your Kitchen Garbage Disposal

When it comes time to clean any appliance in your kitchen, natural is always the way to go. Chemical cleaners may promise a quick fix, but they can actually do a lot more harm than good.

To clean your disposal, you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon or orange peels

The first thing you should do when working on something like your disposal is disconnect the power, not just make sure it’s off. You should also never stick your hands down the disposal. Even if the blades aren’t running, they’re very sharp and can still cut you.

Now, it’s time to clean! First, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain and leave it to sit for roughly an hour. Then, pour a cup of white vinegar down the drain and leave the mixture to sit for a few minutes. After a couple of minutes, pour warm water down the drain while the blades run.

When cleaning the blades, we never suggest throwing ice down your disposal. While it may seem like ice will dislodge any loose debris, it will really only damage and dull your blades.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing has been assisting homeowners with their plumbing issues for decades, and our expertise is unmatched! To learn more, give us a call at (415) 906-2456 or fill out our form!