Your kitchen gets a great deal of use throughout the day, as you prepare and clean up after each meal. Your kitchen sink's disposal can get an even harder workout as it helps rinse away and chop up food particles you place down into it. Here are some tips to keep your disposal working well and its interior clean and smelling nice.
Know What You Can Put Into Your Disposal
A good way to prevent your disposal and its connected pipes from getting clogged is to avoid placing items into the disposal that will harm it. Unapproved items includes animal bones and fruit and vegetable pits and stems. You should also not put any oils, greases, or fats into your disposal, as they can harden when they are combined with water, coating the interior of your disposal and your plumbing pipes to cause build-up and clogs.
You should also not put any fibrous foods into the disposal, including potato peelings, celery stalks, and onion skins. These can become tangled up in the disposal blade and they can clog your drain pipe leading from your kitchen sink. Coffee grounds should also not be rinsed into your disposal because they can get stuck in the drain's p-trap.
Clean Your Disposal Regularly
The inside of your disposal can become coated with residue from foods and oils, which can turn smelly if they are allowed to remain inside the disposal. When your disposal begins to stink, you know you have let the residues go too long and they have begun to decay.
Begin by cleaning the inside of the disposal by cutting up a lemon into slices, then putting the slices of the lemon into the disposal. Run the disposal for several seconds along with the water from your tap to chop up the lemon. Turn off the water and the disposal to let it sit for a few minutes. The citric acid from the lemon will begin to soften residues and odors on the interior of your disposal. Next, place a bunch of ice cubes from your ice tray into the disposal and chop them up with water. The sharp edges of the ice will further clean the blades and disposal's interior.
Last, place the plug in your disposal sink and fill the sink to approximately half way full. Pull the plug and let the water drain through the disposal while you turn on its motor. This will rinse the interior clean and wash all the odors away.
Now you will need to clean out the rubber flap that sits inside your disposal opening. This rubber flap and any folds can easily collect residues and oils from water and food particles that are rinsed down the drain. Use a small cleaning brush or a tooth brush with a degreaser cleaning solution to brush the rubber flap clean. Rinse it well once you have removed all the build-up.
Use these tips to keep your disposal working well and smelling great. If you run into any difficult problems, get in touch with local plumbing services.