Similar to any appliance, your garbage disposal also needs routine cleaning and maintenance. Despite being tucked away, remembering to keep your disposal clean can improve safety by reducing bacterial and mold growth, and improve the disposal’s longevity and performance.
Best Way to Clean Your Garbage Disposal:
- Disconnect the power for safety. ALWAYS double-check before proceeding.
- Clean the rubber splash guard by pulling it out of the drain. A small scrub brush or even an unused toothbrush works wonders with a bit of dish detergent.
- Once the splash guard is removed, use a flashlight to check for any visible debris you can get out with tongs or pliers. Never use your fingers. Even when blades are not in motion they can cut you.
- Pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the drain. Use ½ cup baking soda. Let it sit for 30min. Then pour 1 cup of vinegar in. Let it foam and bubble for a few minutes before washing it down with hot water.
- Pour 2 cups of ice into the drain. Pour 1-cup of ice on top of that. Run the cold water. Turn the power back on. Run the disposal. This will further clean the blades using the abrasiveness of the salt.