Cleaning your disposal is essential as it helps prevent the foul smell, and some cleaning methods can also help clean the sink drain when your sink starts giving a foul odor. It’s an indication of a dirty sink and a sign for you to clean it. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about your garbage disposal.
So Here Are The Tools And Materials That You Will Need To Clean Your Garbage Disposal
- Sink Stopper
- Rubber gloves
- Dish soap
- A kitchen sponge with abrasive sides
- ½ cup of baking soda and Vinegar
- 1 cup of salt
- Optional- ⅓ cup of bleach solution, Ice and Citrus Peels
Instructions To Clean The Disposal
- Turn the Power Off
To prevent any accident or injury from the grinding teeth at the bottom of your chamber, you need to turn off your disposal system and plug it out of the switch so that it doesn’t switch on accidentally. You can either unplug the disposal from the outlet, or turning off the disposal breaker from the breaker box will be fine as well.
- Clean the Baffle
Pour some dish soap on the kitchen sponge with an abrasive surface, scrub adequately under the baffle, and clean all the folds and creases. After cleaning under the baffle, wash out the sponge properly to get rid of all the gunk.
- Clean the grinding chamber
Clean around the peak of the grinding chamber. After cleaning from every end, clean the sponge to clean thoroughly. Continue cleaning until the sponge doesn’t hold any more gunk and the disposal surface seems clean.
You need to clean these two areas to keep your drainage disposal system cleaN, but if you want to be extra and freshen the drainage system, the next step will be to add baking soda and vinegar. You can also use ice or rock salt as a substitute for vinegar and baking soda.
- Add some baking soda.
To freshen up your disposal and drain pipe, pour some baking soda into the disposal system and pour some vinegar. You will merely need 1⁄2 cup of baking soda and ½ to 1 cup of vinegar to perform this step.
- Cover the drain
After putting baking soda and vinegar, close your drainage system with the sink stopper, as the mixture washes your drain while fizzing like the kids-project volcano (the lava used in it is the same mixture). Keep your sink closed to trap the fizzing baking soda.
- Flush the disposal system
Wait for some time and let the fizzing baking soda clean your drainage chamber. After some time, remove the sink stopper, flush it with some hot water, and let the water run through the garbage disposal. If the drainage system has two sinks, then use the cleaner one, and if both are clean simultaneously. Use the same amount of baking soda and vinegar if the other sink is not clean enough and repeat the entire process if needed.
How To Clean The Disposal With Ice And Vinegar/ Rock Salt
If you do not have baking soda, using ice with talk salt and vinegar is a good substitute. The ice can help scrape the sides and ends of the grinding chamber, which further helps dislodge any build-up present in the section.
- Add Ice
The first step is again to switch off the drainage system and unplug from the outlet to avoid any injury (you need to turn off your disposal system and plug it out of control so that it doesn’t switch on accidentally. You can either unplug the disposal from the outlet, or turning off the disposal breaker from the breaker box will be fine as well).
After doing so, add some ice to your disposal.
- Add some Salt and Vinegar
To freshen up your disposal and drain pipe, pour some rock salt into the disposal system and pour some vinegar. You will need 1⁄2 cup of salt and ½ to 1 cup of vinegar to perform this step.
- Flush the Disposal
Wait for some time and let the fizzing baking soda clean your drainage chamber. After some time, remove the sink stopper, flush it with some hot water, and let the water run through the garbage disposal. (Same as done with Baking Soda and Vinegar). Suppose there is a scrub. There is still some dirt left in the sink. Repeat the steps and do it until your entire disposal system is clean and fresh.
Tips For Deodorizing And Getting Rid Of The Foul Smell From Your Garbage Disposal
If the disposal is smelling very bad or has examined other detergents and yet get a coarse odor, you can utilize a diluted bleach liquid of hot water and unit part of bleach. Just use 1/3 cup of bleach, and wear plastic gloves while drenching into the drain. After pouring the bleaching liquid into the drain, pour lukewarm (not hot) water down the duct for seconds.
Utilizing citrus peels is a different common way to purify stinking garbage disposal. The citrus oils in the covers unquestionably add some scent to the air. Still, the truth is, the peels are too petty to clarify the disposal, and they do not clean the slimy areas, done with a sponge usually.
To sum up, everything stated so far, to give a slight fragrance to your disposal, add some citrus peels with chilled water into the disposal. You can also add them with ice cubes. I hope this article assisted you in cleaning your disposal and getting rid of the foul smell.