How to Clean a Garbage Disposal Stopper

What You'll Need
Dish Detergent
Scouring Pad
Rubber Gloves

When a garbage disposal system is installed under the sink, a garbage disposal stopper is important. The stopper is plugged into the sink hole to prevent water from flowing into the garbage disposal if unnecessary. The stopper can be made of rubber, plastic, metal, or a combination. Since the stopper is used in a usually wet area, it may get slimy and dirty. Cleaning a garbage disposal stopper is fairly easy. It does not require specialty skills or professional training. All that is needed is determination to clean it, a couple of tools, and elbow grease. Here is how.

Step 1 – Cleaning the Slime

The slimy area of the garbage disposal stopper can be cleaned easily with a scouring pad or a toothbrush and some dish detergent. When working with slime, it is best to use rubber gloves for protection. Remove the stopper from the sink and wash away the slime with water. Dip the scouring pad or the toothbrush in dish detergent and begin scrubbing the dirty or slimy areas of the stopper. Rinse the stopper with water afterwards.

Step 2 – Use Bleach

Bleach can easily remove the mildew and molds clinging to the stopper. Remember not to use full strength. Weaken the bleach first by adding water. A good suggestion is to mix a teaspoon of bleach in at least half a liter of water. Add dish detergent to make the solution more effective. Dip the scouring pad or the toothbrush in the solution and scrub all dirty areas. Rinse the stopper with water and wipe it with a rag. Don’t’ worry if the stopper will smell like bleach for a while. It will eventually go away.

Step 3 – Clean the Stopper with Paste

Some parts of the stopper may be made of metal, while some are made of plastic and rubber. An effective way to clean all the parts of the garbage disposal stopper is to make use of a cleaning paste. This paste can be made using ingredients that are readily available in the kitchen – baking soda, vinegar, and lemon. Slowly mix the vinegar or the lemon juice with the baking soda to make a consistent paste. Take note that there will be a reaction when this is done so proceed by adding small parts of the liquid little by little. Mix the paste well and apply it to the surfaces of the stopper. This paste can also be applied on the edges of the sink hole. Let the paste sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, but do not allow it to dry. Clean the paste afterwards and rinse the stopper well with water. Before putting the stopper back, make sure that all its surfaces are clean. If there is still some residue left on it, wipe it with a damp rag. Clean the edges of the sink hole as well before replacing the stopper.