Even if you take care to remove food scraps while using the garbage disposals, it is likely to accumulate unpleasant odors and food particles over time.
Cleaning your garbage disposals involves removing built-up grime and eliminating the smell, focusing on areas such as the disposal chamber, splash guard, and trap.
Despite often being overlooked, cleaning the garbage disposal is an important task on your kitchen cleaning checklist.
To simplify the process, you can use natural cleaning materials that are commonly used to clean countertops and kitchen appliances. By following the methods outlined below, you can effectively clean your garbage disposal, remove odors, and ensure it continues to function properly.
Way to Keep the Garbage Disposals Clean
Cleaning garbage disposals is an important task to keep them functioning properly and eliminate unpleasant odors.
Before starting the cleaning process, remember to turn off the disposal and unplug it for safety. Use rubber gloves to protect your hands and remove any large debris from the chamber.
One effective method for cleaning garbage disposals is using ice.
Simply place a few cups of ice into the chamber and run cold water and the disposal until the ice is gone. Adding salt to the ice can provide additional friction to remove stubborn buildup.
Avoid using hot water, as it is not recommended by professionals and manufacturers.
Another cleaning solution is baking soda, which acts as a deodorizer and abrasive agent.
You can fill the sink with warm water and baking soda, then remove the stopper and turn on the disposal. Alternatively, you can pour baking soda and vinegar into the chamber, allowing it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it with water and running the disposal.
To reduce odors, it is important to clean the splash guard, which can accumulate residue and cause unpleasant smells.
Scrub the rubber flanges of the splash guard with a toothbrush and grease-cutting Dish Soap to remove any buildup. Using an antibacterial cleaner can also help prevent bacterial growth and combat odors.
Lemon can be another effective natural solution for eliminating garbage disposal smells.
Grinding lemon or other citrus peelings can freshen the disposal and lubricate the grinder blades. You can experiment with fresh or frozen peels, as well as lemon wedges or quarters, to find what works best for your disposal.
If the garbage disposal trap is clogged or draining slowly, it may require additional cleaning.
Instead of using chemical drain cleaners, it is recommended to remove the S-trap or P-trap under the sink and clean it with a bottle brush and Soapy Water. Rinse it thoroughly before reassembling it.
Regularly cleaning your garbage disposal using these methods will help keep it odor-free and maintain its performance.
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