Is your garbage disposal starting to stink? Do you think there may be some loose debris getting in the way of the impellers?
Whatever your reason for wanting to clean out your garbage disposal, All Brands Appliance Repair in Wilmington is here to help you do it safely and easily. It’s a surprisingly straightforward process, and it only takes a few extra steps to remove any potential hazards.
So, without further ado, here’s our step-by-step guide to cleaning your garbage disposal!
How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal
1. Cut the power to your garbage disposal. This means either unplugging it or switching off the breaker.
2. Using a flashlight, look inside the drain for any stray objects. Remove them with needle-nose pliers.
3. Pour a dozen ice cubes and coarse salt down the drain. Restore power to the unit, run the tap over the drain, and turn on the unit. Let it go for about a minute, until all the gunk and debris have been cleared away from the impeller blades.
4. Cut the power again. Pour one cup of vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda down the drain. Let this mixture sit for 15 minutes so it can neutralize bacteria.
5. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda again until you’ve created a thick paste. Using an old toothbrush, apply this paste to the rubber flaps and outer surfaces of the garbage disposal and scrub them clean, top to bottom.
6. After 15 minutes, restore power to the unit again. Plug the drain. Fill the sink about two-thirds or three-quarters of the way, and add a good squeeze or two of dish soap. Remove the drain plug, turn on the disposal, and let all of the water flush everything away. Turn off the disposal once the water is gone.
Now your garbage disposal should be smelling fresh and sparkling clean!