Clean Garbage Disposal | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Clean Garbage Disposal | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Keeping your garbage disposal clean will help prevent odors and clogs.

When you got back from the Saturday Morning Market yesterday, you spent some time washing vegetables and getting them ready to be used. While you were doing that, you noticed a kind of funky odor that you traced to your garbage disposal. 

It’s not unusual for a garbage disposal to emit a nasty odor. explains, “Even though garbage disposals are great for grinding up and disposing of food scraps, junk can get stuck in the blades, grease can harden to the piping, and mold can grow over time.”

The good news is that a good cleaning can fix the situation and regular cleaning will help stop that smell from returning. A regular cleaning will help prevent clogs. 

The first thing to remember about cleaning a garbage disposal – never stick your hand in it. If you have to stick your hand down the disposal, make sure you cut off the circuit supplying power to the disposal before you put your hand in it. Your next step is to clean the rubber ring and the top portion of the drain opening. Soap and water is fine for that, according to You also need to pluck out forks, spoons, or any other silverware that’s fallen into the disposal.

After that, you can use one of’s suggestions for cleaning (NOTE; Make sure the disposal is off before you begin):

  • Soap and water: “This is a quick and easy way to clear away regular grime. With the disposal switched off, plug up the sink. Run hot water and add a dash of dish soap. Wait until the water is about four inches deep, then remove the plug, switch on the disposal, and let the soapy water go down the drain.”
  • Baking soda and vinegar: “Start with the disposal switched off. Shake half a cup of baking soda into the drain, then slowly add in one cup of white vinegar. The mixture will fizzle and bubble like an exciting science experiment. Use a drain stopper to cover the drain and let it sit for about ten minutes. Unplug the drain, turn on the disposal, and pour in a pot of boiling water.”
  • Ice cubes and salt: “Pour in two cups of ice cubes, followed by one cup of rock salt. Turn the disposal on while the cold water is running, letting the blades crush the ice and salt combo. You can also pour white vinegar into an ice cube tray, freezing it for a highly effective cleaning tool.”

One of those methods should help clean out the disposal and banish the bad smell. Cleaning it will also help reduce the possibility of a clog forming.

If, however, you do get a clog you can’t clear by yourself, then it’s time to call the trusted plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber. 

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