A garbage disposal is a great tool to have, but if you have one, you need a good garbage disposal cleaner. Periodically, you will need to clean the garbage disposal to stop it from smelling and ensure there are no clogs. You can buy a garbage disposal cleaner or make your own. Doing it yourself saves money, and you can ensure that there are no chemicals that can enter the water table.
1 - Making Your Own
It’s very simple to make your own garbage disposal cleaner. You probably won’t even need to buy anything special for it. Start by putting 1 cup of baking soda down the garbage disposal. Follow that with 1 cup of white vinegar. You’ll be able to hear the reaction between the two of them. The foam will spread out into the sink. This is perfectly normal. Allow this to go on. After several minutes the foaming will stop.
At that point, you should take 1 gallon of boiling water and pour it into the sink. This will flush everything down the drain and leave the garbage disposal clean.
2 - Smell
After cleaning out with the garbage disposal cleaner, you can leave the unit smelling clean by cutting up a used lemon and feed it down the disposal when it’s running.
3 - Cleaning the Blades
The blades are an important part of the garbage disposal, and you need to keep those sharp and clean. Put ice down a running garbage disposal, along with used lemon or orange rinds. Not only will this act as a cleaner for the blades, the ice will help to keep them sharp, so waste you put down will be properly pulverized.
4 - Hydrogen Peroxide
There are alternatives to the recipes above. Begin by pouring a mixture of 1 ¾ quarts of boiling water with 2 cups of white vinegar. With the disposal running, pour half of this down the drain.
Turn off the disposal and follow by pouring the rest of the mixture down the drain. Now make a mix of ¼ cup baking soda with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. With the disposal still off, put this down the drain and wait. After several minutes, flush with hot water and a cut-up old lemon. This will complete the cleaning and also leave the disposal smelling good.
5 - From the Store
There are so many choices when it comes to garbage disposal cleaners that you can buy. If you don’t want to make your own, then buy one that’s as natural as possible so you’re not putting chemicals into the water. Remember, that water you run down the drain will end up in the rivers and water table.
Check the labels carefully and pick one that will do the job without harming anything. Remember to use a garbage disposal cleaner regularly (once a week is good) to keep the disposal clear and smelling good.