Importance of Garbage Disposal Preventative Maintenance

Garbage disposals are one of those things we don’t really think much about, until it stops working or isn’t working properly and we realize just how useful they are! Preventative maintenance will not only keep a garbage disposal working strong, but prevent things like bad odors and dangers to family members from occurring.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Here are a few quick preventative tips to keep your garbage disposal working properly:

  • Run the disposal every time you put food into it and continue running the water 20 to 30 seconds after turning the disposal off
  • Make vinegar ice cubes to toss in every once in a while for defense against unwanted odor and to aid in cleaning (add some rock salt in with those vinegar ice cubes and you'll get some serious cleaning action going on!)
  • Pour baking soda into the disposal and let it sit for a little while, as this helps to combat any odors as well as cleaning (when you return to rinse the baking soda out, use a bottle brush for scrubbing the walls and don't forget the rubber drain guard)
  • The peelings from an orange or lemon will combat odors as well
  • Use only cold water so any fat or oil present will form a solid and get chopped into smaller pieces

These items should never be put down your garbage disposal:

  • Rice or pasta swells in any liquid making them hard to break down into smaller pieces that will only build up over time in the drain eventually clogging it up
  • Banana peels
  • Coffee grounds in quantity
  • Peach and avocado pits
  • Any fat pieces cut off of meat
  • Hard bones
  • Grease and oil
  • Corn husk or corn cobs
  • Potato peelings
  • Celery
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Onion skins
  • Artichokes
  • Any form of trash like twist ties, bottle caps, gum, cigarette butts, glass, pull tabs or flower/plant clippings should never come near the disposal

With these tips in mind, it’s still possible for appliances to break down and need repairs. Call All Chores No More and we can help with your maintenance needs!

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