One of my favorite conveniences in my kitchen is my garbage disposal. I wanted one for many years and my husband finally installed one two years ago. I have learned that a garbage disposal requires regular maintenance to run well. Follow these tips to keep your garbage disposal working like new.
Daily Care: Flush the disposal with hot soapy water once daily. Fill the sink with hot soapy water. Turn the disposal on and empty the sink. Remove the rubber gasket and scrub.
Monthly Care: Deep cleaning on a semi-regular schedule will keep build up down and help sharpen the blades. Flush the disposal to remove any small food particles. Grind some ice cubes to clean the blades.
For a more thorough cleaning, pour ½ cup baking soda into the disposal. Slowly add 1 cup of vinegar to the soda. Let this mixture fizz in the disposal for 10 minutes; heat a large pan of water to a boil. Carefully and slowly pour the water into the disposal. Remove the gasket and scrub it in hot soapy water. If you want a fresh smell, grind some citrus peels.
Removing Blockages: If you are careful this will be an infrequent occurrence. Be very careful when removing blockages.
Start by turning off the fuse to the disposal. Double check by trying to turn the disposal on, if power is shut off properly it should NOT run. Next, remove the rubber gasket and using a flashlight look for the blockage. Use a pliers or tongs to remove the object or block. Be cautious around the disposal blades; try not to damage them or your hands. Once the blockage has been removed, replace the gasket and turn the power back on.
I have not yet had to remove a blockage from my disposal but I do follow the daily and monthly care routines. My disposal runs like new.