How to Clean Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals are very crucial kitchen appliances nowadays. They are designed to remove kitchen wastes from our homes. Though they are designed to pulverize, food particles and other wastes get trapped in drainpipe and crannies. This trapping provide space for bacteria growth which leads to bad odors and unhealthy risks to residence.
Regular cleaning of these disposals becomes necessary. However, if proper cleaning does not take place, mold will grow not forgetting unpleasant smell. It advisable to perform regular cleaning to ovoid built up mold and bad odor.
Always use running hot water and detergents to clean dishes; this will help to break up grease. In order to keep your disposal in top condition, use these step-by-step guidelines on how to clean garbage disposal:
10 Steps to know How to Clean Garbage Disposal
1. Turn off the switch
This is the first step before you proceed to anything else. Make sure you switch off the fuse supplying power to your machine. This is a safety precaution; disposals have grinders which can injure you when performing cleaning in case the disposal turns on.
2. Remove lodged objects physically
Some large objects are at times clogged in your disposal; you need to remove them physically. For trapped objects use pliers to unclog them.
3. Flush with water
After you have physically removed lodged objects, flush the disposal with plenty of water which will help to remove fine dirt. It’s advisable to flush your garbage disposal using hot water to remove any oil or grease.
4. Use ice cubes and salt
Grind ice cubes and salt thoroughly in your disposal. Ice cubes and salt will help to eliminated bad smells, removing tough stains and debris not forgetting sharpening of you grinds blades. Turn on the disposal to allow it to crush ice and salt, and then run some water.
5. Scrub your disposal
Clean your disposal manually using an old toothbrush or scrubbing brush; this will help to remove any remaining stains.
6. Use citrus fruit
Grind lemons, oranges, grapefruit or lime to neutralize bad odor and leave your kitchen smelling great; citric acid produced by those fruits will clean and neutralize the bad smell.
7. Use baking soda and vinegar
Sprinkle baking soda and then sprinkle vinegar, let the two mixtures react until fizzling stops, and then rinse with hot water. The two will provide a flesh smell. While performing this step make sure that the garbage disposal is running.
7. Use bleach to rinse
Use bleach made of liquid chlorine to rinse your disposal; it helps to kill germs. Allow the bleach on your disposal for two minutes then flush away the bleach with hot running water.
8. Use borax
Apply 2 or 3 tablespoon of borax and give it around 45 minutes then flush with hot water. Borax helps in reducing odors from your disposal.
9. Clean removable baffle
All models have a baffle which is removable equipment. This baffle is used to close and open the sink to allow food movement to the disposal. Pull the baffle out and wash with thoroughly to remove any residue waste then rinse it.
10. Glisten disposal
This is a very quick grease and stain remover which can be used instead of citrus fruits. When you apply it, it forms blue foam which washes away all the dirt in your sink leaving it smelling so flesh.
There you have ten easy steps to clean your garbage disposal and keeping the smell in your kitchen fresh. On top of this you need to take care of some precaution to make sure your garbage disposal remains clean and fresh for a long time.
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Here are some of some basic considerations for maintaining your disposal:
1. Use only biodegradable items
Always dispose biodegradable items in the disposal; this will minimize damaged and jamming of your disposal. All non biodegradable wastes should be put in a trash can.
2. Run the disposal for a long time
After you have finished using your disposal, leave it for sometimes to allow grinding process to take care completely. This will help in fine grinding of particles. After that, flush your grinding disposal with plenty of water.
After cleaning your disposal it’s always good to learn how to maintain it, use those tips and more others.