Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal

Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal

It may be safe to say that most of us have come to rely on garbage disposals. This powerful compact grinder has been a staple in US homes for over half a century now. An easy way to dispose of your organic waste, garbage disposals toil away under our sinks and are often neglected until it’s too late. We recommend proper maintenance of your disposal to keep small issues from developing into bigger problems such as clogs or breakdowns. Below are a few easy ways to keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape. 

Avoid putting these things down your disposal:

Thick rinds such as potato skins or banana peels.
Grease or fat
Coffee grounds
Anything that turns into a paste or sludge and backs up your grinder

Other ways to keep it clog-free:

Always run water. Running water ensures that whatever you are grinding in your disposal can be washed down the drain as thoroughly as possible. 

If possible use a dish soap that degreases. Not only does it cut down on the grease on your plates but also your garbage disposal as it rinses through.

Continuous cleaning:

Is your garbage disposal starting to smell? No worries, you can clean your garbage disposal by harnessing the power of baking soda and other natural ingredients. Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner cleans and deodorizes your drain in just a few steps. It’s as simple as running the disposal and water for one minute. Then turn off disposal and reduce water to a steady stream. Toss in a capsule and run your garbage disposal for 15 seconds. That’s all it takes! We recommend cleaning your disposal every few weeks or as soon as you begin to detect any funky smells.