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Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

Salt Lake City Garbage Disposal

Blog Highlights

  • To begin with, know what you can and can’t put down a garbage disposal
  • Once the pipes have been flushed, put some ice cubes and salt down the disposal
  • A professional plumber can assess the situation

In Salt Lake City and Park City, it’s common to have a garage disposal. Garbage disposals are useful and help homes stay eco-friendly by getting rid of spoiled or unwanted food. It’s important to keep your garbage disposal working well and how to fix it if something isn’t working quite right.

To begin with, know what you can and can’t put down a garbage disposal. For example, liquid grease, bones, fruit pits, egg shells, coffee grounds, and even fibrous materials can cause clogs and the disposal’s blades to dull. Avoid putting these items down your disposal to keep it working efficiently.

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Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

First run some water through your garbage disposal. The water will help wash away any dirt or grime that is coating the disposal. It’s recommended that you plug the garbage disposal hole. Fill the sink with hot water and dish soap. The hot water and soap will help loosen any grease that’s built up in the pipes. Then, remove the plug and let the soapy water flush the pipes.

Once the pipes have been flushed, put some ice cubes and salt down the disposal. It’s recommended that you use two cups of ice and one cup of salt. Turn the water on as you turn the disposal on. It will be loud, but the combination of ice and salt will help to remove debris from the inner walls of the disposal. The ice will also sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal.

Another option is to scrub your garbage disposal. Note that you should NEVER put your hand in your garbage disposal. If you want to scrub it, use a long-handled scrub brush and some dish soap to clean the inner walls of the garbage disposal.

Following these three steps will ensure a clean garbage disposal. If you want to make your garbage disposal smell clean, drop some essential oil down the disposal or some orange or lemon peels and run it for a few seconds. This will keep the sink area of your kitchen smelling fresh.

If you find that your garbage disposal is still not working as it should, it may be time to call in a professional. A professional plumber can assess the situation and help with any hard to reach debris or fix any clogs that may have occurred.

Trouble with your garbage disposal? Give us a call!