If you have ever experienced a time that you didn’t have a garbage disposal in your home, you know how inconvenient it can be. While your garbage disposal isn’t a garbage can, there is a certain amount of food that can safely be discarded in your disposal. Because there is so much food that is discarded there, odor can be a problem at times and your disposal should be cleaned to avoid it. Absolute P&M Services is here to share some garbage disposal cleaning tips to keep any foul smells out of your kitchen.
Cleaning a Garbage Disposal
For the most part, you can count on your garbage disposal to do a fairly good job at cleaning itself. If you are using water when you turn it on, the water will help to flush out the food that is left behind there. There is a bit of residue left behind from food that will start to build up around your garbage disposal though and it needs to be cleaned out. You should aim to clean out your garbage disposal once a week to avoid any unwanted smells. Here is how you go about cleaning this area of your kitchen.
– Turn Off Power to Garbage Disposal: If your hand is in your garbage disposal and it gets turned on for any reason, you could experience serious injury. You should ensure that the power is shut off to the garbage disposal before getting started with the cleaning process.
– Clean the Baffle Splash Guard: There is a black rubber baffle that is in the drain your garbage disposal is located in. Apply some dish soap to an abrasive sponge and make sure you clean under and around the baffle; making sure you are cleaning all the creases found in the baffle.
– Clean the Garbage Disposal Grinding Chamber: Now, using the same sponge and some more dish soap, you will clean the grinding chamber. Make generous swipes on the inside of the garbage disposal and rinse the sponge frequently to remove the grime. You should repeat this process until the sponge comes up clean.
– Clean the Drain: If you want to take it a step further, you can clean the drain using vinegar and baking soda. Add ½ cup of baking soda to the drain. You will then slowly pour ½ cup vinegar down the drain as well. As you cover the drain, it will help to stop the fizzing that will happen. After a few minutes flush the disposal to remove the baking soda and vinegar. This will leave you with a completely cleaned drain as well as garbage disposal.
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