How To Clean A Garbage Disposal? 4 Easy Ways

Do you have a garbage disposal at home? It’s a great assistant in the kitchen. However, after long-term use, the garbage disposer will accumulate food residue and emit odor. The bacteria it breeds are even more of a nightmare. Regular cleaning of your garbage disposal is essential. Not only does this keep your kitchen clean and hygienic, but it also extends its lifespan. Next, let’s discuss how to clean the kitchen garbage disposer to make your kitchen fresher!

What do you need?

citrus or lemon

baking soda

ice cubes

coarse salt

white vinegar or apple cider vinegar

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How to clean a garbage disposal?

1 Rinse with water
To make sure no food is stuck in your garbage disposal, flush it with cold water first. Rinse for 5 minutes to remove any remaining food particles. This step can quickly remove most of the dirt inside the processor. If there are still pieces of food stuck in the disposer, carefully remove it according to the instructions.

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2 Clean with ice cubes and coarse salt
Pour some ice cubes and kosher salt into the garbage disposal. Keep cold water running while operating the garbage disposal. In about 5 seconds, all the ice cubes will be crushed. No need to worry about ice fragments flying. A combination of ice cubes and salt can help clean residue and remove odors.

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3 Clean with baking soda and vinegar
Pour half a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar into the processor. The baking soda and vinegar react fully, foaming and sizzling. After 5-10 minutes, the cleaning solution will penetrate into the gaps of the processor. Now run the processor and turn on the faucet and wait a minute. Baking soda and vinegar are disinfectants and can also neutralize odors in your garbage disposal.

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4 Cleanse with citrus or lemon peels
After the above steps, what should I do if the processor still smells strange? Don’t worry, just use citrus peels for a refreshing scent. Take a tangerine or lemon and cut it into small pieces or slices. Run the garbage disposal and put in a small piece of citrus at a time. The blade shreds the peel, releasing its fresh flavor.

How to keep your garbage disposal clean longer?

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1 Clean your garbage disposal once a week to prevent food residue from accumulating.
2 Avoid putting hard objects, such as bones, fruit cores, etc., into the garbage disposal. This can reduce blade wear and the residue of food fragments.
3 When operating the garbage disposal, run it for at least half a minute. Waste food will be completely shredded. Rinse with cold water to reduce residue retention.

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