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garbage disposalWe’re going to talk about cleaning your garbage disposal – a great device that makes your kitchen duties less demanding, but an expensive one if not operated properly or clogged. We’d like to help you avoid potentially costly repairs with a few tips and tricks that you may not know about.

How to clean your garbage disposal (without harsh chemicals) and get rid of odors:

  • Pour ½ cup baking soda and 1 to 2 cups of ice cubes into the disposal, making sure the baking soda covers the entire drain. If you want, you can add ½ a cup of vinegar, as well, since it’s a natural bacteria killer and deodorizer. However, don’t use the vinegar too often because its acidity could damage the rubber parts inside the disposal.
  • Run cold water into the disposal and switch it on. Run it until you can no longer hear the ice.
  • Pick one of these fruits: orange, tangerine, lime or lemon. Cut in half and place into the garbage disposal. Be sure to remove the seeds to avoid clogging. Whenever you eat or use lemons or oranges, put the peels into the disposal – the aroma is heavenly!
  • Every now and then, grind hard foods like small fruit pits, egg shells, or small chicken and fish bones. The scouring action created by these in the chamber cleans the inner walls of the garbage disposal.

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