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How to Clean the Garbage Disposal in Your Kitchen

By: Joe Truini

To safely and easily clean out your garbage disposal:

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of baking soda, and pour it down the garbage disposal.
  2. Measure one cup of white vinegar, and pour it down the garbage disposal.
  3. Allow the chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar to work for a minute.
  4. Pour a pot of boiling water down the garbage disposal, and allow it to sit for five minutes.
  5. Turn on the cold water tap in the sink with the garbage disposal, then turn on the disposal to flush it out.

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  • Lpaul c Says:
    July 21st, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Years ago, I (THINK) I had a disposal that the Splash Guard lifted out.
    I like to know if one is available! Sure make it easier to clean.

  • Karen Boml Says:
    March 6th, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Egg shells in garbage disposal? I was told by an expert years ago never to put bones, celery or egg shells…think I’ll have to Google this one…

  • Daniel Says:
    December 6th, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    My advice is liquid soap, a half a cup of bleach and brush vigorously then wash with a full pot of water once a month.

  • Daniel Says:
    December 6th, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    The videos said that you poured boiling water down your drain, from my experience that will warp and melt any of the tubular piping that is usually under a sink. Bad idea! I replace many of these tubular piping systems because of this.

  • Stacey Says:
    November 11th, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I just buy lemons when they’re on sale, freeze them, then when it starts to smell just toss one in, turn it on while running lukewarm water.

    It also helps to occasionally run water into your other sink while the disposal is going as stuff sometimes gets in the pipe between the sinks.

  • Henry Boisvert Says:
    November 23rd, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Very good advice. I usually use an orange and/or grapefruit, cut into pieces, to clean and de-odorize my disposal but now I plan to use this technique followed by the citrus.

  • Official Comment:

    Joe T. Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks, Jen, for the additional tip. I have heard that grinding up ice cubes will clean the disposer blades. And tossing in a few lemon or lime rinds helps kill odors, too. Thanks again and good luck!–Joe T.

  • jens lamba Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Make sure to throw your egg shells in the garbage disposal. In addition, you can put a bucket of ice, 2-3 lbs, in the disposal. It is had and brittle and will clean your disposal. If it plugs with ice, leave it on and it will eventually drain.

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How to Clean the Garbage Disposal in Your Kitchen