In this post, I will be explaining how to clean garbage disposal with baking soda and vinegar so read on…
It’s not uncommon, after a party or dinner, to have bits of food stuck in the garbage disposal. Sometimes it’s just a little bit that you can shake out with your hand. Other times there might be chunks–pieces of vegetables or fruit rinds that are tougher to get rid of. When these tough pieces are left for too long, they will decompose and clog up the drains.
This is why it’s important to clean your garbage disposal regularly (preferably once every other week).
How To Clean Garbage Disposal With Baking Soda And Vinegar?
The easiest way to do this is by using baking soda and vinegar because both products work well at removing grease and grime that builds up over time.
The first step is to put a cup of baking soda down your drain. If there is a lot of gunk in the pipe, you should use more baking soda. Pour one cup at a time until the baking soda doesn’t fizz when you add it to the water down below.
After waiting for about 15 minutes, pour half a cup of vinegar down the drain:
The next step is to add some vinegar to help dissolve any remaining bits of food that might be stuck in the garbage disposal or sink pipes. Make sure that the “keep warm” function has been switched off because it will heat up and expand the vinegar which could result in an explosion if poured directly from a bottle sitting on your countertop.
Baking soda and vinegar produce a chemical reaction which cleans your garbage disposal.
After about 10 minutes, turn on the cold water in your sink to allow the vinegar and baking soda to wash down the drain.
If you have an older model of garbage disposal that does not have a removable splashguard, be cautious when turning it on to avoid getting any vinegar or baking soda splashed onto exposed areas of your skin.
Tip: If you’re making this at night before bed, there is no need to wait 15 minutes for the baking soda and vinegar solution to settle, just proceed with running the cold water after adding vinegar into your drain. The resulting chemical reaction will still occur which cleans your garbage disposal!
Pour one cup of ice cubes into the garbage disposal: After waiting for the vinegar and baking soda to settle, turn on your garbage disposal.
This last step will help sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal as well as clean out any excess food particles stuck inside.
Using a garbage disposal sharpener is an alternative way to keep blades from getting dull over time. Keep in mind that you should only use a garbage disposal sharpener once every few months because it can damage the inner workings of your unit if used too often.
Recap: For those who may have accidentally turned off the “keep warm” function, try this quick fix: Pour one cup each of hot water and then cold water into your drain. Repeat until no more fizzing occurs when adding baking soda or vinegar.
Many people find that a garbage disposal is a great help in keeping the kitchen clean. However, if not cleaned on a regular basis, it can cause problems with both your drain and your garbage disposal unit itself.
Flush with hot water for one minute to break up the clog and let it go down the pipes.
*Note: Hot water works best because grease and other food particles will melt when in contact with it, making it easier to flush them out of your sink and pipes.
You can also use this method if you’ve dropped something hard like a ring or bracelet down the drain, but make sure to plug up your garbage disposal before doing so (you don’t want anything going through).
After using this homemade cleaner once, you should notice that your drains are cleaner than they were previously If not, however, it might be time to call a plumber.
How long do you leave baking soda and vinegar in drain?
The amount of time you should leave the baking soda and vinegar in the drain depends on how bad it is clogged. However, if you notice that six months down the line your drain is still not functioning properly, you probably need to call a plumber.
What happens when baking soda and vinegar are left in drain?
If you leave either baking soda or vinegar in your garbage disposal for too long they can damage its blades. The same thing goes for any other products such as bleach and commercial cleaners. We recommend using this homemade cleaner once every two weeks!
How do you clean a stinky garbage disposal?
In order to clean stinky garbage disposal , simply add two cups of ice, three drops of dish soap and six cups of water.
Turn on the disposal and let it run for a minute. Then throw in another four cups of ice and turn it on again. Repeat this process until your garbage disposal is smelling fresh again.
Further, you also need to run the cold water every time you turn on the disposal, until all of the ice melts.
What to put down a garbage disposal to clean it?
Down your garbage disposal, you can drop ice cubes to clean it.
Further, there are lots of garbage disposals out there that come with a little tool to help you cut the ice into small pieces that will be easy for the disposal to grind them up.
Another thing that works well is lemon peels or lemons . Cut one in half and run it through the garbage disposal once every other week. The citric acid will provide an extra clean feeling.
After lemon peels, baking soda is probably the best at cleaning a stinky garbage disposal , but make sure not to mix it up with vinegar because they’ll react and make a really strong odor!
Finally, another great trick is using mouthwash .
It will leave your sink and garbage disposal smelling great and refreshing. If you don’t like the taste of mouthwash, make sure to dilute it with water before downing it on your drain.
Some things you should not put down a garbage disposal:
Garbage disposals are only meant for food waste that is easy to grind up such as fruit peels, small pieces of vegetables or egg shells. When you put anything else through there, such as plastic bags , it can cause the blades of the disposal to get dull and break more easily. It can also clog up the system if something gets stuck in there and causes backup inside your pipes and sinks.
Nonedible things like dental floss or plastic spoons can also cause major problems later on. Once they get stuck inside your disposal, they are often impossible to remove and will need the help of a professional plumber to come out and take care of it, which can be costly.
Garbage disposals are not meant for bones or other things that don’t break down easily.
Never try to put paper towels, diapers or tissues down your garbage disposal because these items won’t break up properly and could clog up your drains even more than they already are!
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