Garbage Disposal

5 Tips to Help Your Garbage Disposal Run Its Best

5 Tips to Help Your Garbage Disposal Run Its Best

November 22, 2019

Garbage Disposal

A great way to help reduce the amount of garbage your home produces is by investing in a garbage disposal. Its ability to cut up certain types of garbage can make cleaning your kitchen easier. However, garbage disposals also require TLC to keep them in working condition. Keeping a close eye on your garbage disposal’s health can help you avoid getting a clogged kitchen sink. By following our simple maintenance tips, you can help your garbage disposal avoid costly breakdowns and keep your kitchen clean.

Here are five tips that are sure to help you get the most from your garbage disposal:

Deal with larger trash yourself

Garbage disposals can sometimes have trouble with larger bits of trash. Before you dispose of larger chunks of trash, chop it up into small bits yourself. Also, make sure you dispose of larger bits one at a time so the disposal will be less likely to clog.

Clean the interior

You might think a proper cleaning job for your garbage disposal is too hard for you. However, a basic cleaning can be surprisingly easy. Turn the garbage disposal on, drain a mix of cold tap water and dish soap, and let them both run for about a minute. You can also use a mix of baking soda and vinegar if you have them. Both of these mixes are capable of doing some heavy-duty cleaning to your garbage disposal.

Know what can go in there

Despite the name, garbage disposals can’t take in every type of garbage. They’re mainly meant to be used on biodegradable food, such as carrots and meat. Trash like used batteries and plastic bags have no place in the disposal. Also, certain food items can pose problems for garbage disposals.

Use it often along with cold water

Sometimes, inactivity can be worse for machines than frequent usage. If you don’t use your garbage disposal enough, you may have to deal with rusting and obstructions forming. That’s why you should use your disposal frequently. You’ll also want to run cold water while the garbage disposal is active. The water can help move things along and keep grease and oils from clogging the pipes.

No fingers!

Don’t be tempted to put your hand into the garbage disposal. If something is blocking it up, use a pair of tongs to try and dislodge it. Dislodging something from your garbage disposal can cause a sudden release of tension may cause the blades to spin around, potentially injuring you if you’re using your hand.

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