Kitchen garbage disposals are wondrous appliances. They make for an easy cleanup and flush extra food scraps down the drain in a jiffy. Although disposals are typically self-cleaning, it is important to give them a little TLC from time to time. After all, you are tossing food down the sink, so bacteria is bound to form. If you think your disposal has seen its last day, contact your local Coquitlam, British Columbia, Roto-Rooter professional to have the appliance replaced.
Here are three eco-friendly home remedies for cleaning your garbage disposal:
The powerful scent of citrus can go a long way. It is strong and smells delicious! First, cut up and peel a lemon, lime or orange. Turn the water and garbage disposal on, and toss the fruit pieces down the drain one at a time. The strength and acidity of the citrus fruits will work to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal.
Grinding ice cubes and salt is an effective way to remove gunk that has accumulated on your garbage disposal's parts. Begin by filling the disposal up with ice cubes - 2 cups of ice usually does it. Next, pour about 1 cup of coarse salt onto the ice. Turn the disposal and cold water on, and allow them to run for a couple of minutes. This will ensure that the blades (pulverizers is a more accurate description) are clean and that the foul odors will disappear. In addition to cleaning, grinding ice also helps sharpen the disposal blades. As an alternative to the salt and ice combination, make some white-vinegar ice cubes and toss those down the disposal. Because of its strong acidity, vinegar is the perfect household substance to help rid the blades of any food scraps.
The volcano trick might seem more like a science experiment, but it will definitely help clean the garbage disposal and leave it smelling fresh. Start by sprinkling 1/2 a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. You'll start to see some sort of chemical reaction (totally safe) and hear a fizzing noise. Allow the two substances to work their magic for a several minutes while you boil a pot of water. Once the water is has reached its boiling point, pour it down the disposal while it's running to flush everything out. This concoction will also clean your sink drains.
For more information on replacing an old garbage disposal, contact your local Coquitlam, British Columbia, Roto-Rooter professional today at 604-552-5200.