Your in-sink garbage disposal handles a pretty dirty job, and it might not always get the kind of cleaning it really needs. It can be easy to forget about this invaluable little appliance that lives under your sink, but when those musty odors start creeping up into the kitchen, you know it’s time for action.
Our favorite in-sink garbage disposal cleaning tips
Try out these three handy tips to keep a clean garbage disposal and keep your home smelling fresh every day.
Start with the basics
All you need to give your disposal a good once-over is probably sitting on your sink at this very moment.
Simply apply a healthy amount of dish soap to a handled scrubbing brush and get to work on all the parts you can reach, removing debris and food remnants that water can’t get on its own.
For convenience, consider keeping a specific brush for garbage disposal cleaning, separate from your regular dish scrubber.
Apply some cabinet chemistry
A simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda makes for a potent alternative to harsh household cleansers, and disposal cleaning is a great way to put it to use. To get started, try pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed slowly by a 1/2 cup of vinegar (cleaning vinegar works well, too). Allow the mixture to do its work for about an hour, then rinse thoroughly with cold running water.
Keep it citrus fresh
Looking to clear the air after you’re done applying all that elbow grease? Many household cleaners these days utilize citrus extract for its natural deodorizing capability, and you can derive this same benefit from the actual fruits.
Simply slice up an orange, lemon, lime, or even a grapefruit, drop the pieces down your sink drain (a few at a time to avoid overloading), then activate the disposal for an instant hit of citrusy freshness.
Call Wagner for professional in-sink garbage disposal cleaning
When you run into those pesky drain issues that can’t be solved by cleaning alone, call on Wagner for a fast and professional response.
We’re trusted experts when it comes to resolving plumbing problems, and there’s no drain too stubborn for us to unclog. Contact us today and let us get your garbage disposal running right again.