4 Simple Steps on How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

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Learn how to clean a garbage disposal and remove foul odors with these steps.

One of our winter cleaning tips is to clean the garbage disposal. One of the main reasons is food waste and trash made during the holiday season. Cleaning experts advise cleaning the garbage disposal frequently to avoid any unpleasant odors while prepping your meal. Plus, frequent cleaning can actually extend the life of your garbage disposal. You may not realize it, but the garbage disposal is one of the most important kitchen appliances you need. So, if you’re ready to take out the trash and eliminate foul odors, here’s how to clean a garbage disposal.

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Materials You’ll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Ice
  • Lemon or citrus peels
  • Salt
  • Vinegar

Steps on How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

STEP 1: The first step is to clear out anything stuck in your garbage disposal by running cold water for about five minutes. If it seems like you have bits of food stuck in the disposal, carefully take apart the disposal according to its manual or instructions.

STEP 2: Once everything’s clear, place ice cubes and salt in to clean your disposal. It’s best to do this every two weeks. Place ice and a cup of coarse salt and run your garbage disposal. Let the cold water run for about 10-15 seconds or until the ice is crushed.

STEP 3: In case you need to disinfect your garbage disposal, mix a cup of apple cider vinegar and half a cup of baking soda into a container. Pour the mix in, run the disposal, and let the cold water flow for about a minute or two. This mixture will help disinfect and eliminate foul odors.

STEP 4: Once you’ve cleaned and disinfected your garbage disposal. the last step is to freshen it up with lemon peels or any citrus peels. Let the lemon peels run through the disposal. The blades will break up the peels, release the citrus oils, and make the disposal smell fresh and clean.

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