Rightly so, the garbage disposal is one of the most important units in our homes. Even though most people undermine its importance, there is no doubt that even a simple clog can be hard and expensive to deal with. In most cases, owing to lack of proper maintenance, the garbage disposal ends up jammed, stinking and making it hard to carry out the normal chores in the kitchen, especially due to bad odor. Additionally, it can lead to costly plumbing expenses that could have otherwise been avoided through proper maintenance.
Therefore, it is important to afford proper care and maintenance to the garbage disposal if you want it to serve you right for a long time. Keeping it clean and watching the kind of waste that you put through it are the first steps to enhancing a clean, fresh and waste-free kitchen experience.
Well, if you are still wondering what else you need to do to properly and effectively provide proper maintenance to your garbage disposal, worry no more as the following tips will come in handy to help you take proper care for this indispensable kitchen appliance.
Mind the type of waste you run through the disposal
In most cases, the garbage disposal clogs or gets jammed by hard objects that exceed its capacity. Different garbage disposal units or models have varying capacities with regard to the hardness of the items put through them. As, such avoid hard stuff such as nails, glass, crab or shrimp shells, or hard bones among others.
Slice large items into small pieces
Bulky lumps of waste can overwhelm the blades of your disposal making it jam. Meat, large lumps of fruits and some vegetable fibers may be too strong for the blades or may get tangled causing blocked drainage. Such items should not be disposed of through the disposal unless they are chopped into tiny pieces. Such items include potato or fruit peelings, egg shells, banana peels, corn cobs, and onion skins among others. Some foods such as rice contain starch, which on being exposed to water can expand thus clogging the disposal.
Clean it frequently
The bad odor commonly associated with garbage disposal units could be simply as a result of dirt. Therefore it is particularly important to clean the garbage disposal regularly, preferably once or twice every week. You can as well scrub the inside using a brush and grind small pieces of lemon to emit a fresh scent.
Run Coldwater and use frozen Vinegar or ice
Running enough or plenty of water ensures that everything is completely flushed out, leaving the disposal clean and fresh. Odor-causing bacteria can be easily eradicated by blending frozen vinegar in the disposal. Additionally, throwing some ice occasionally down the disposal helps to get rid of any debris building up on the sharp edges that limit their grinding capabilities.
In summary, based on the above-mentioned tips, it is apparent that some of the hefty plumbing bills or inconveniences brought about by jammed or stinking garbage disposals can be avoided by just affording proper care to the disposal. Therefore, regular cleaning, and knowing what to put and what not to put through the garbage disposal can be the difference between fresh and clean disposal or a stinking and clogged mess.