How to clean Garbage disposal

Does your kitchen have a “funny” smell lately? Do you notice it when you are standing next to your sink? That smell could be a buildup of food particles rotting in your garbage disposal.  No one ever thinks about cleaning the disposal, but is should be done on a regular basis.  Bacteria and mold love the dark, moist conditions found in your disposal.  Here are a few different ways to clean your kitchen disposal and pipes.

Ice cubes – Place a few ice cubes inside the disposal to remove the buildup on the disposal blades. The ice will sound like it’s hurting the disposal, but it’s just removing the buildup.

Frozen lemons peels– Instead of throwing away your lemon peels, save them and pop them into the freezer. Once they are frozen you can grind them up in the disposal. They will work to remove buildup and leave a nice scent.

Baking soda and vinegar – Once a month you should deep clean the disposal.  A few simple ingredients will do a great job. Place two tablespoons of baking soda into the disposal. Add a cup of white vinegar and let it work for 10 minutes. Then flush the disposal with boiling hot water. When you combine the lifting properties of baking soda and the acidity of the white vinegar you will be cleaning your disposal, naturally.

Simple soap and water -Occasionally, you could use a dish brush to clean the buildup inside the disposal.  Never put your hand down into the disposal and always make sure the electricity is off. Just place a few drops of dish detergent on dish brush and give it a good scrub.  Flush the disposal with very hot water.

Lemons and salt – A great way to freshen the disposal is to cut a lemon into 1” pieces and sprinkle them with salt. Grind them up in the disposal and your entire kitchen will smell wonderful.

Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect –One way to disinfect your disposal is to pour hydrogen peroxide in it to kill the bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide is perfect for killing of bacteria and it’s gentle to your pipes and septic system.

Boiling water – Pouring boiling water into the garbage disposal will remove grease that  has built up on the blades.  It’s a simple way to keep the disposal working smoothly.

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  1. We seem to go through a lot of lemons in our house. I didn't know they can be used to clean the garbage disposal. Great tip!

    1. In response to SHC-JulieK

      Isn't it amazing what we can use to clean with! Thanks....