Clean Your Garbage Disposal With Stuff You Already Have in Your Kitchen

March 19, 2019

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The trash can usually has the reputation of hosting the stickiest contents in your kitchen. However there's a lot of stink in the sink thanks to your dirty garbage disposal. Here’s the thing about garbage disposals: You put yucky, smelly food down them, so they’re going to stink if you don’t clean them on a regular basis. The good news is that regular cleaning isn’t very difficult and you already have most of the cleaning agents in your kitchen. Gather baking soda, vinegar, salt, a sponge, dish soap and ice cubes. First fill the sink with the disposal with warm, soapy water. Stop the sink drain, fill the sink with warm water and a bit of dish soap, then unstop the drain and run the disposal. Next use a sponge or scrub brush and a bit of dish soap to make sure the outside of the disposal, the part you can see, is clean and clear of gunk around the edges. Now put about a cup of ice followed by 1/2 cup of salt down the disposal. You can use your hands to shove it down, just make sure the disposal is off. Once your hands are out, run the disposal. Put 1/2 cup of baking soda in the disposal and let it sit for about an hour. Then pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in the disposal. It should cause a mild reaction that will bubble up. Finally with the cold water running, turn your disposal on and let it run for about a minute. You can maintain your disposal by not putting items in there that shouldn’t be, such as bones, pits, grease celery or other fibrous foods, coffee grinds, egg shells, potatoes, pasta, or any other super-starchy things. use hot water when using it and when your turn it off, keep the hot water flowing for about a minute to keep the disposal and pipes clear of foods that can lead to stink!

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SOURCE: The Kitchn

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