Nobody likes to think about their garbage disposal, though no one can deny that it’s a wonderful convenience. But if you’ve been putting off cleaning the disposal, now’s the time to do it. An occasional (every 3-weeks) cleaning can maximize the appliance’s lifespan. And though you can’t often see what’s lurking on your disposal’s hardware, bacteria growth coupled with residue food particles and built-up sludge can leave your sink, and eventually your entire kitchen, with an embarrassing smell.
Here are 4 ways to disinfect a garbage disposal:
- Grind a few ice cubes occasionally to knock off debris from the sharp blades and other hard to clean areas.
- Pour vinegar down the drain and let it sit for about an hour to remove scale. Follow with hot water.
- Combine the two and use vinegar ice cubes.
- Grind citrus peels (lemon or lime) to remove odors and freshen the garbage disposal. The acidity of citrus fruits will neutralize any foul-smelling aromas.