How to Clean a Nasty Garbage Disposal with Natural, Home Remedies
Though manufacturers are making garbage disposals more powerful every year, no model seems to completely flush the food particles and grease that get trapped in the machine’s seams. When mold and bacteria start to grow on top of the old food, odors proliferate.
While our experienced San Diego plumbers dispense these simple fixes on their calls, we thought we’d blog about how to clean a garbage disposal naturally so our clients can keep it found.
Once Daily Garbage Disposal Maintenance
Fill an ice cube tray with white vinegar, add a lemon slice to each. Freeze. Toss in the garbage disposal and grind up for regular daily cleaning.
Surprised by how simple it is to keep your kitchen smelling fresh? While the cleaning is easy, garbage disposals can stop working all togetther. Perry Plumbing is proud to offer the same day, cost-effective garbage disposal repair you may need when issues go beyond odors.
Once a Week
Put Chemistry to Work
Put ½ cup of baking soda into glass jar. Add ½ cup of hot, white vinegar. Combined, these two elements create a weak “carbonic acid” and carbon dioxide (the bubbles). The carbonic acid breaks down fats so they can be flushed away. Let sit for 5 minutes. Run hot water for 5 minutes while rinsing dishes simultaneously is sufficient. Repeat if necessary.
Once a Month
Raid the Refrigerator
Pour a tray of ice cubes into the disposal and turn it on for 2 minutes. Toss ½ lemon in and grind that up well. Limit this rinse to 5 minutes while watering plants or rinsing dishes simultaneously is sufficient.
Weak Acid + Natural Abrasive
Pour white vinegar (which is derived from food, usually corn) into an ice cube tray and freeze. Drop the cubes into the disposal add ½ cup of rock salt, the mineral form of table salt. It should be available in the grocery store. Both vinegar and rock salt are environmentally safe and gentle on the disposal blades.
Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting
Some issues with garbage disposals can be fixed without a visit from San Diego plumbers. If the garbage disposal doesn’t turn on when you flip the switch, find the reset button at the bottom of the unit and press it. NEVER PUT YOUR HAND IN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL.
If this doesn’t work, check the circuit breaker to make sure there’s power to the unit. When you hear the motor run but the blade isn’t turning, you may need to adjust the unit’s fly wheel with the tool that came with the unit. See your owner’s manual because this is just a quick turn in a socket at the base of the disposal.
When the disposal’s issue seems serious, call Perry Plumbingat 619-472-2112 for same day 24/7 service. We’re currently offering great San Diego plumbing discounts and specials for many of our Better Business Bureau A+ rated services, including garbage disposal repair.