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How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Tips for Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

If you’re gearing up to give your home’s appliances some spring cleaning, make sure you add your garbage disposal to the list! Though many households typically forget to clean this appliance, it’s important to give it a bit of TLC now and then. Here are some tips to make sure you’re disposal is as clean as possible:

Using a Kitchen Sponge

Taking an abrasive sponge to your garbage disposal can help remove any grime that is stuck. However, it’s important to make sure that you unplug the disposal from the outlet under your sink or turn off the disposal's breaker in your home's breaker box.

After you’ve ensured that the disposal won’t turn on, take some soapy water and your sponge and clean the gunk from the grinding chamber.

Using Ice and Baking Soda

Baking soda isn’t just for baking — it’s a great cleaning agent! You can clean the chamber of your disposal as well as the top of the drain pipe by doing the following:

  • Pour a ½ cup baking soda down the drain.

  • Next, pour ½ cup vinegar down the drain — slowly and carefully.

  • Cover your drain with a sink stopper as the mixture works to remove grime and debris.

  • Wait a few minutes, then wash your drain out with some hot water.

Using Citrus Peels or Bleach

Your garbage disposal tends to build up some pretty potent smells — so you’ll want to deodorize it as best as possible. You can either use bleach and warm water or, for a more natural option, try grinding citrus peels down the drain. If you do use bleach, make sure to wear gloves and limit yourself to around ⅓ cup bleach and a ⅓ cup warm water.

Garbage Disposal Repairs in Redding

If your garbage disposal is clogged or damaged, seek professional plumbing service as soon as possible. With our swift response time and thorough care, there is no better Redding plumbing company to fix your broken garbage disposal than Wallner Plumbing Heating & Air! Call (530) 223-5622 to schedule an appointment.