Here at Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating, we know how important proper cleaning and routine maintenance can be. We also know that it can be difficult to know how to deal with every part of your plumbing if you're not a professional plumber. One thing that can trip up some people is the garbage disposal. This fixture has a lot of moving parts and requires a careful approach to maintenance. Here's a look at the proper way to clean it up.
Turn Off the Power
First, you want to make sure that your garbage disposal can't turn on when you're cleaning it. Some disposals can be unplugged, while others might require you to turn off the power to this particular part of your home for safety reasons. Cutting power to the garbage disposal can keep you safe as you clean.
Remove Large Objects
Once there's no way that the garbage disposal could accidentally turn on, take a look to see if there are any large objects that need to be removed. Sometimes a big item could jam up the works. Remove what you can, and if there's something that's really stuck in there don't be afraid to contact a licensed plumber. A flashlight could really help here by making it easier to see anything that's in the way.
Flush With Water
Flushing out the garbage disposal with water can help remove dirt and grime. We suggest using hot water, as it's far more effective when it comes to tackling grease. Run the hot water for a bit with the sink stopped up, add a very small amount of dish soap, and then turn on the garbage disposal. This simple step will make your garbage disposal much cleaner.
Try Some Natural Ingredients
If your garbage disposal is still dirty after flushing it with water, you can turn to some natural ingredients to handle the more stubborn grime. Grinding ice cubes and salt in your garbage disposal can take care of some of the tougher sludge that may have accumulated lately. If you're dealing with an odor, you might want to grab some fruit. The peels of citrus fruit can be ground up in your disposal. Not only will a gross smell be replaced with a more pleasant orange, lemon, or lime smell, but the citric acid also helps clean off the blades of your garbage disposal.
Finish Up With Some Baking Supplies
If you still have grease in your garbage disposal or a smell emanating from your sink, there are a few ingredients in your cabinet that could help. Combine vinegar and baking soda, two products you probably already have. Let the combination of these ingredients fizz in the garbage disposal for ten to fifteen minutes. This will help finish the cleaning job and these two ingredients will also help kill bacteria, like salmonella. Taking these simple steps will help ensure that your garbage disposal keeps operating at peak performance.