How to clean the garbage disposal with natural cleaners

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If you have a garbage disposal unit in your kitchen, you know how nasty they can get. All of the chopped up food particles seem to accumulate, and it can start smelling pretty bad after a while. Which is why it's so crucial to clean your garbage disposal unit frequently to keep it smelling fresh. You may have considered pouring some bleach down there, but before you do, try natural cleaners first instead. It's especially recommended to use natural cleaners if you have small children or pets in your home. But even if you don't it's way better for your health and the environment too. Plus, they clean just as well as the chemical products, so it's a win-win for everyone. Natural cleaners include ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, citric acid, and salt. These items are really easy to find and you probably already have most of them in your house too as they are common ingredients for recipes as well. Using items that you can eat as cleaning products is a pretty good sign they're super safe.

You can clean pretty much anything with these ingredients, and you can even make yourself a homemade all-purpose natural cleaner that you can use for any job. Just mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water in a spray bottle and shake it up. Then you can use this to clean surfaces in your kitchen, to clean your bathroom, and to clean up any spills or messes. The vinegar acts as a natural antibacterial agent killing germs and purifying your space. It also helps to neutralise odours as well, so it will take the stench right out of your garbage disposal. The garbage disposal was invented by an architect named John W. Hammes in 1927. His company called InSinkErator put out the in-sink garbage disposal unit on the market in 1940.

But General Electric also offered a garbage disposal unit called the Disposal in 1935. At that time, many cities throughout the US, had regulations which prohibited food waste into the system because of the concern that it would negatively impact the sewage system. For many years, New York City made the garbage disposal units illegal to have in the home.

There are currently no bans on the units, and it's safe to have one in your home. Most people advocated them because they help us to be more environmentally friendly. This is because food scraps can cause all kinds of issues. The truck collection produces a lot of pollution, and when the food scraps are buried in landfills, they produce methane gas as they decompose and methane gas contributes to climate change. So if you have a garbage disposal, you're helping to speed that process along by crushing up the food really well. So how do we clean out our garbage disposal? Well, it's actually really easy, especially with these cleaning tips from Behind the Studio. All you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda in your unit, pour some white vinegar down too and let it sit for at least 2 minutes. Then, pour boiling water down the disposal as well. Then you pour some ice cubes in it too. Once you have all of these items in your garbage disposal, run it while allowing some water to trickle down the drain. Then just put a wedge of lemon in it and let it run through, this will make it smell way better than before. You'll also want to clean the plastic and rubber pieces with an old toothbrush as well. For the full cleaning tutorial, visit Behind the Studio for this and more great cleaning tips.***

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