How to Sanitize a Garbage Disposal

When you consider all the waste you put down your garbage disposal, it seems reasonable that the disposal might require occasional sanitation. Particularly, if you detect a foul odor coming from your disposal. And, maintaining a sanitary disposal can be both simple and painless, So, why not sanitize? Just follow the three tips below.

Tip 1 – Avoid Food Build-Up

Avoid having food and garbage build up inside your disposal by disposing of your food properly. When using your disposal, always be sure to allow the water to run at full force while the food is being ground up. When water is not flowing into your disposal while food is being processed, or if it fails to run for a long enough period of time, slurry can collect on your disposal which can create bacteria and odors.

Tip 2 – Flush with Soapy Water

About once a week, fill your sink with hot, sudsy water, and turn on your disposal. This will help flush food from the disposal.

Tip 3 – Disinfect your Disposal

About once a month follow the steps in Tip 2, but fill your hot, sudsy water with ½ cup of chlorine bleach. If you don’t care for the odor of bleach, a commercial disinfectant will also do the job.