Your kitchen’s garbage disposal is vital in keeping your space clean and functional. However, many homeowners overlook the importance of regular care, and many face costly repairs or replacements. There are practical, easy-to-follow tips to keep your disposal clean and running. Tackling regular garbage disposal maintenance will extend the lifespan of your disposal and maintain a hygienic kitchen.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance Includes Regular Cleaning

To prevent odors from food buildup, clean the garbage disposal regularly. Start by turning off the power, then use a brush or scrubbing pad to clean the rubber baffle and the inside of the disposal. Run a few ice cubes and citrus peels through the disposal to freshen it.

Avoid Hard or Fibrous Material

Be cautious about what you put down the disposal. Don’t dispose of hard items like bones, shells, or fruit pits, as they damage the blades. Fibrous materials such as celery, onion skins, and artichokes get tangled and cause clogs.

Cut Large Items into Smaller Pieces

Before putting large food scraps into the disposal, cut them into smaller, more manageable pieces. This helps the blades chop them up more effectively and reduces the risk of clogs. Or add larger food scraps to your compost pile.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance with Natural Cleaners

Instead of using harsh chemical drain cleaners, opt for natural alternatives. Baking soda and vinegar are great options for clearing minor clogs and eliminating odors. Pour half a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain, let it sit for a few minutes for the chemical reaction to work, and then flush the drain with hot water.

Turn Off the Power Before Retrieving Items

If something falls into the garbage disposal, turn off the breaker that powers the appliance before retrieving the item. Cutting the power will ensure that the disposal cannot accidentally turn on.

Know When to Call a Professional

Call a professional plumber if you encounter persistent clogs, leaks, or strange noises from your garbage disposal. Attempting to fix complex issues on your own can lead to further damage or injury.

Following these maintenance tips will keep your garbage disposal operating smoothly, efficiently handling food waste, and in excellent condition for years.

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