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10 Helpful Tips for Garbage Disposal Maintenance

10 Helpful Tips for Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Submitted by Darren L on June 29, 2018 - 11:01am with 0 comment

10 Helpful Tips for Garbage Disposal Maintenance

10 Helpful Tips for Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Maintaining your appliances can save you a lot of money and pain down the road. This article has 10 helpful tips for garbage disposal maintenance.

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Garbage disposals are wonderful tools. They work to make your daily life just a little bit easier, but they also can become broken or clogged if they aren't taken care of properly.

Clogged drains are a massive headache and a broken garbage disposal system is going to cost an arm and a leg to fix. Luckily enough, you can easily avoid most of these issues with a little maintenance and care.

If you're not sure exactly how to take care of your disposal, read our garbage disposal maintenance tips to learn more.

1. The Do's and Don'ts

When it comes to treating your garbage disposal right, there are a couple of things you want to keep in mind.

Do keep it clean. After you wash your dishes, put a little dish soap in the disposal and run it for a little while to clear it out. You should also turn it on and use it on a regular basis to stop rust and corrosion from forming inside of it.

When you are grinding down food waste, allow a strong stream of cold water to flow inside of it. This is so that any grease or oil that is left inside of your good will be taken care of before it hits your trap.

Don't be afraid to grind small chicken bones, egg shells, or small fruit pits either. These actually help clean off the walls of your disposal and keeps it clean.

Before you throw your larger items in, cut them up and put them in one at a time. Shoving in large amounts could cause it to get stuck and stop working.

Now that we covered some of the things that you should do, let's go over the stuff you shouldn't do.

The best thing to keep in mind is that if it's not biodegradable food, it doesn't go in your garbage disposal. If there's even a question, just throw it away.

This means you should never grind glass, metal, plastic, or paper. This will dull your blade, break your machine, and poses an injury risk as well.

Never grind anything that could combust or any cigarette butts. Also, if you pour grease, oil, or fat into the drain you'll clog them and slow down your disposal.

Also, things like corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, and artichokes create fibers that can tangle up and jam the motor, so just throw those away. And expandable foods like rice will expand and cause a clog as well.

2. Clean With Ice

Running some ice in your garbage disposal is a great way to get it clean. It's also inexpensive and very effective. It will also sharpen up the blades and break up the grease that might be building up there. Do this a few times a month to keep it running smoothly.

3. Odor Prevention

You shouldn't ever use harsh chemicals in your garbage disposal. Bleach and other chemicals like it will cause the blades to degrade. Instead, try some natural alternatives that are good for the environment and inexpensive.

Every now and again, chop up a lemon or orange and throw it into the disposal. Let it run for a while to let the oils and juices to clean the walls and leave a nice smell behind.

You could also try freezing vinegar in ice cube trays and letting them run. That will sharpen your blades and disinfect and deodorize.

If you still can't get the smell out, add baking soda in the drain and let it sit for a while and then run the disposal.

For odors that just won't go away, Borax is a safe alternative to the more harsh chemicals out there. Just leave a little in the drain for an hour before turning on the hot water and letting it run down the drain.

4. Beware Falling Objects

If you want to keep your hand attached to your wrist, don't stick your hand in a garbage disposal.

If you absolutely have to put your hand in there, make sure it is completely unplugged or the circuit breaker is turned off. And even then, wear safety gloves to protect yourself.

But before you get to that point, try to shine a flashlight in there to find where the object you lost is. You can purchase extra long needle nose pliers and automotive finger grippers at many hardware stores and use those to pull out the thing you're missing.

You could even use a coat hanger, chopsticks, or crochet hooks to drag the object out.

Try all of these things with the unit unplugged or disconnected from the breaker so you don't cause injury.

5. If It's Not Grinding

If you flick your garbage disposal on and nothing happens, the first thing you should do is reset it. Typically, you will be able to find a reset button somewhere under your sink.

If that doesn't work, check to make sure that your circuit breaker isn't tripped or that you haven't blown a fuse.

Many garbage disposals also have a space that you can hand crank them to free them up from most jams that aren't too serious.

If all else fails, call a plumber.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Taking care of your garbage disposal is the best thing you can do for your kitchen. A lot of food goes in there, you want to make sure that you keep it clean and the blades sharp so it can keep working for you for years to come. Just follow these garbage disposal maintenance tips and you should have no problems.

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