How To Clean A Garbage Disposal

Powerful garbage disposals grind up and suck away food waste, slurp up liquids, and in general, help make homes a little more eco-friendly.

It’s important to know what you shouldn’t put in a garbage disposal.
Fibrous materials, coffee grounds, liquid grease, bones, fruit pits, and eggshells can create complications. They dull your garbage disposal’s blades, cause clogs, and will impede the performance of your garbage disposal. Now that we know what we can’t dispose of let’s talk about keeping it clean. Below is a step-by-step guide to deep cleaning your garbage disposal.

First, flush it out with water.
Here we are going to dislodge any loose food waste, dirt, and/or grime. The best way to do this is by plugging the opening to your garbage disposal and filling the sink until there are around 3″ deep with hot soapy water. Swish the dish soap around, then remove the plug so it can flush out the disposal and it’s drain pipes. This will help liquefy and remove any grease that might be clinging around inside.

Next, throw some ice cubes and salt down the disposal.
This might seem like an odd thing to do, but trust us when we say it works. After placing 2 cups of ice and 1 cup salt in the disposal turn it on. It going to be loud, but don’t worry – it’s all part of the process. Make sure to turn on the water during this process. The combination will work to remove muck and other debris from the inner walls of your disposal. We should add that grinding ice also works to sharpen your disposal’s blades, improving its performance.

Scrub it up.
Let’s preface this by reminding you that you shouldn’t ever put your hand inside a garbage disposal. Instead, use a long-handled scrub brush or an old toothbrush to reach inside and manually clean the disposal’s inner walls. Follow up with a thorough rinse and you are done. To add a fresh sent, consider running some citrus peels through your disposal.