How to Care for Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are a great tool for your home and kitchen. They gobble up all your food waste so that it doesn’t clog up your pipes. There isn’t much that you need to do to maintain your garbage disposal, but a little bit of care will help your disposal last for ten years or more. Try these tips for caring for your garbage disposal.

  1. 1. It may seem counterintuitive, but it is actually good for your garbage disposal to put hard pieces of food like small chicken bones through it occasionally. When the disposal pulverizes these items, the bits of hard material will scour the sides of the grinding chamber and remove build-up. This helps to keep your garbage disposal clean.

  2. 2. Run cold water down the drain when you are running the garbage disposal. Generally speaking, disposals perform at their peak when in combination with cold water. Also, the cold water helps to turn grease and fat to a solid state, which makes them easier to flush through the system. You can always run hot water through the drain when the garbage disposal isn’t being used, but cold water is best when the disposal is in use.

  3. 3. Once a month, you should clean your garbage disposal by filling it with ice cubes. Then run cold water, and turn on the disposal. This will help to remove any grease or other gunk that is built up on the walls of the garbage disposal.

  4. 4. When you use your garbage disposal, wait 30 seconds after it has stopped making noise before you turn it off. This allows the disposal to fully empty all waste from the system before you turn it off.

  5. 5. Don’t stuff the garbage disposal too full. Trying to stuff too much food through at once will cause the disposal to jam. Instead, fill the disposal loosely.

  6. 6. To get rid of odors from your garbage disposal, there are a couple of options. The first method is to cut a lemon into quarters and drop it into the disposal while both the disposal and cold water are running. The second option is to pour ¼ cup of baking soda into the garbage disposal. The baking soda will absorb the odors. Let it sit for one hour, and then flush the disposal with boiling water.

  7. 7. When you put food into the garbage disposal, be sure to run the disposal right away. Don’t put food in there and let it sit. Food that sits in the disposal will lead to corrosion, so turn the disposal on every time you put food in it.

  8. 8. Keep non-food items away from the garbage disposal. The most common way to damage a garbage disposal is by accidentally dropping silverware, jewelry, or other items into the disposal.

  9. 9. Be careful what kind of food you put into the garbage disposal. While small bones inserted on occasion are good for the disposal, large bones can damage it. Also, be careful not to put stringy foods like corn husks, artichoke leaves, and celery into the garbage disposal. Stringy plants can wrap around the blades of the garbage disposal and cause it to jam.

If you follow these care suggestions, your garbage disposal should remain in good working order for many years. However, if you do experience a problem with your garbage disposal, call Scott English Plumbing. At Scott English Plumbing, we have been caring for customers in Orange County for more than 15 years. We will install or repair your garbage disposal at a reasonable rate. Contact us today!