Those that enjoy the function of a working garbage disposal know how much they miss it when it’s on the fritz. Fear not, here is a guide for taking care of your garbage disposal and keeping it in top running condition. It starts with keeping your unit clean.
Keep it Clean
All it takes is your handy dish soap to keep your garbage disposal clean. Just pour a bit down your drain and follow it up by allowing it to operate while letting cold water run down the drain. This simple maintenance trick after you wash the dishes will not only keep it clean, but help reduce the buildup of odors after use.
Use it or Lose it
Use your disposal regularly. Frequent use helps reduce the buildup of rust and corrosion in the system. Regular usage ensures that each component can perform the functions that it was designed to without any blockage.
Just Add Water
Accompany the food waste you intend to grind with a steady flow of water. It helps facilitate the movement of the particles across the blades and through the system. If necessary, cut up larger pieces of food waste before placing them into the disposal so as not to put stress on the system.
The Hard Stuff
Don’t shy away from using your disposal with harder materials like egg shells, small fish bones, or even small fruit pits. These harder materials help to clean the walls of disposal. But remember to only feed food particles into the disposal a little at a time.
Some Other Quick Tips
Some final, quick helpful tips for caring for your disposal include using small pieces of acidic fruits to clean the blades, frozen vinegar cubes to sharpen the blades, and bleach to eliminate stubborn odors. Always remember that pasta and coffee will clog your pipes and avoid harsh chemicals that can damage your blades and pipes.
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