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How to Clean Garbage Disposals: A Simple Guide for Masses

Last Updated: How to clean garbage disposalHow you can satisfactorily work on the sink when it is fully clogged and garbage disposal is a smelly heap. It is quite exasperating and depressing to wait for the drain to open and continue what you were doing. A smoothly draining sink with functional garbage disposal is ideal to work that you can get with little to no effort in cleaning your disposer.

If you clean and maintain your garbage disposal and still it is jammed, see how do you clean it and cross-check your cleaning methodology with our cleaning plan. You will get how to clean kitchen sink disposal with homemade solutions to prevent any damage to the expensive garbage disposal.

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So, how to clean your kitchen garbage disposal?

Baking soda and vinegar a garbage disposal

Garbage disposal is your efficient kitchen partner that chops up food particles before disposing of off to the drain and ensures that the disposal chamber remains clean. Routine working can build up slime in the grinding chamber that tends to block the garbage disposal. So, you must be careful to clean it properly on weekly basis.

You can easily clean your garbage disposal with a sponge in a few minutes and have smell-free disposal. How? Let’s see…

  • Keep a sponge and dishwashing soap with you that you must have in your kitchen and first power off the disposal to prevent any accidental start. An important thing to keep an eye on is your hand must not be in the range of grinding teeth as it is extremely dangerous and may cut your hand.
  • Now unplug the disposal from the outlet drain.
  • Apply soap to the sponge and gently scrub into the folds and remove any debris.
  • Also, clean the areas in the grinding chamber and carefully remove all the junk that would be lodging your sink.
  • When you are done simply reconnect the outlet and switch the power supply on and you are done with the garbage disposal cleaning.

This simply easy process is quite beneficial and prevents clogging if you follow it routinely but still, if your garbage disposal is stuck you can try using cleansing solutions. Although you can get commercial cleaners, they are pretty harsh and can damage your disposal that is not good. Alternatively, you can prepare homemade cleansers EFFORTLESSLY!

The two best solutions are:

Homemade Solution 1 – Baking soda and water

Baking soda and water to clean a garbage disposal

  1. Take about 2-3 ml of water in a container and mix ½ cup of baking soda in it.
  2. Mix it properly.
  3. Now block the sink with a stopper and pour the solution in it.
  4. Turn the disposer on and immediately remove the stopper to flush water in the disposal.

Homemade Solution 2 – Baking soda and vinegar

  1. Take half a cup of vinegar and add ½ cup of baking soda to prepare the solution and mix it.
  2. Drain this solution from the sink and wait for a few seconds. Done?
  3. Now pour about one glass of boiling water and wait for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 five minutes pass cold water and turn the disposer on. This solution of baking soda and vinegar will remove all the food leftovers jamming the garbage disposal and you will get efficiently running disposal. This is how you can clean your kitchen sink disposal in no more than 10 minutes and relish working.

How to get the smell out of the garbage disposal?

If you have done all the cleaning of the garbage disposal and still it is foul-smelling, then you need an extra step to get the smell out of the garbage disposal. Like the above cleaning process, it is also simple and takes only a few minutes.

deodorize your garbage disposal with lemonThere are two ways you can deodorize your garbage disposal. First, you can use bleach, not too much to damage the machinery, and dilute it in water to get rid of the smell. Take one part of bleach and mix in about two parts of warm water to have a diluted solution. Run it from the sink and pass warm water from the drain for about one minute.

Second, you can use citrus peels to refresh your smelly disposal. Take about a cup of peels and grind them in the disposal with cold water. The addition of ice would also go best. These citrus peels left a pleasant aroma in the garbage disposal and vanishes smell.


This is how you can simply clean your garbage disposal. Now see what you were missing in your cleaning or add any of the above-mentioned cleansing solutions to have smoothly running garbage disposal. This will all freshen up your mood and you will enjoy working in the kitchen.

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