The Dirtiest - And Best- Method to clean your garbage disposal

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Garbage disposals are such a helpful appliance to have in your kitchen, but they can sure start to smell after a while if they aren't cleaned regularly. Keeping a garbage disposal clean will not only help keep odours at bay, but it will also help keep your garbage disposal in good working condition, so you don't run into any problems or have to replace it. Even though most of these units usually clean themselves, there are little nooks and crannies within the garbage disposal system that get a build up of food and slime on them. You can clean your garbage disposal the harder way, by turning it off and scrubbing inside the garbage disposal. It's best to be safe and turn the breaker off and disconnect it from its power source completely before cleaning it manually. There are also some other easier cleaning tips you can try to clean your garbage disposal out and free it from any stinky smells. You can make your own homemade garbage disposal cleaner using natural house cleaners like baking soda and vinegar. All you do is pour some baking soda into the drain followed by some white vinegar and then put the sink drain in to allow the two natural house cleaners to foam and fizz. Wait several minutes or longer if you have time and then run your faucet on hot while running the garbage disposal. The vinegar and baking soda will purify the entire system, and since both of them have deodorizing properties, they will also neutralize any odours.

Ice has also been shown to clean garbage disposals really well. You can just put plain ice down the drain and then follow that with some salt or vinegar and run the disposal. The ice will be broken apart by the blades and will help to remove any stuck on food from the inside of the chamber. Citrus peels also work in the same way, and the oils from the peels also help to eliminate odours. Since they don't really clean the garbage disposal, you may want to also add some vinegar down the drain to double the cleaning power. You can even make your own citrus and vinegar cleaning ice cubes. Just take some of your orange, lime, lemon and grapefruit peels and tear them up into small pieces. Then, put them into ice cube trays and top up the trays with some white vinegar or lemon juice. You could also add some baking soda to the mix by sprinkling it down the drain after you put a handful of the ice down. With this, you'll get the cleaning power of all the natural house cleaners mentioned on The Spruce all in one.

If you have a clogged drain, you can also use some of these cleaning tips to unclog your drain, just in a different way. For a clogged drain, first, try and remove any debris that may be stuck in the drain. If it's your bathroom drain, there may be hair in it, if it's the drain in your kitchen it may be that there is some food or even a plastic wrapper stuck in there. Then, if your drain is still clogged, you can grab your baking soda, and just like the first cleaning tip from The Spruce you can pour some of that down the drain and then follow up with vinegar. Let it fizz and sit in the drain for 30 minutes or longer and then pour down some boiling water which will release any built up and push it down the drain. Try out these cleaning tips and see how well they work in your sink.***

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