5 Tips for Your Garbage Disposal Maintenance
A garbage disposal can be a great cleaning that keeps your home smelling fresh and reduces the amount of trash your home produces. However, like any other appliance in your home, you need to keep your garbage disposal well-maintained. If it isn’t it can clog up your sink and eventually make your kitchen stink. If you want to know the best ways to give your garbage disposal maintenance, we can give you some tips.
Here are five tips to make your garbage disposal maintenance more effective:
Clean the inside of your garbage disposal
The insides of your garbage disposal can get messy, but it’s fairly easy to clean them out. A simple mix of baking soda and vinegar down the drain can do some good cleaning work.You can also try putting dish soap down the drain and running the cold water for about a minute. Make sure the garbage disposal is running while the cold water runs down the drain.
Biodegradable food only
The garbage disposal is only meant for biodegradable food. Trying to put paper plates and plastic bags in there will likely damage or clog it. Be warned that certain foods can also hurt your garbage disposal. Some of the ones you should avoid include:
- Fruit pits
- Bones and other solid trash
- Celery and other fibrous foods
- Coffee grounds and other foods that make lots of sediment
- Pasta and rice
- Excess grease and oils
- Potato peels and other starchy foods
Keep your hand out of there
You should keep your hands away from the garbage disposal’s blades, even when they aren’t spinning. Even if you need to dislodge something that’s blocking the blades, you shouldn’t do it. When you dislodge it, the sudden release of tension may cause the blades to spin and cut you. You can use tongs or something similar to clear out the blockage. If you can’t get it out, we’re always available to help with your plumbing problems.
Chop up larger garbage beforehand
Garbage disposals have sharp blades, but they can have trouble with larger trash. Chop up larger waste yourself before you dispose of it. Also, put larger bits of garbage in the disposal one at a time. Doing this can help your garbage disposal avoid clogging.
Use it often with cold water
Appliances tend to get worn down if they aren’t used often. By using your garbage disposal often, you can clear out potential obstructions, prevent rusting, and make sure everything works. Also, make sure you run cold water when you use it. Cold water can help solidify any grease and oils that could be a clogging threat.
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