Let's be honest: we take a lot of our home's appliances and systems for granted. We expect them to automatically clean themselves and look, smell, and operate exactly as they did the day they were installed. But the reality that interrupts that fantasy is life, and the fact that our homes become dirty and in need of some attention are a testament to how much we use and enjoy our lives in them.
There is no better way to show your home how much you care than through regularly-scheduled, thorough maintenance and cleaning. When it comes to our garbage disposals, another of those handy tools we hope will always remain odor-free and munching on last week's leftovers without problems, proper usage and regular cleaning can keep it running for many years to come.
Here are a few popular garbage disposal cleaning tips for your Houston home:
- Even a garbage disposal that is regularly run can succumb to bacteria, mold, and unpleasant odors. Try dropping ice cubes down the unit to break up food waste and prevent mold growth.
- To neutralize odors, insert lemon and orange rinds or herbs of your choosing. Citrus fruits offer additional cleaning properties through their acidity. This can be done in tandem with the ice method. And once you've flushed the ice and rinds through the disposal, pour hot water down the drain to flush out leftover debris.
- Place your stopper in your sink. Fill up the sink with water and a bit of dish soap to make it nice and sudsy. Remove the stopper, and turn on the disposal. Repeating this trick regularly can clean the disposal and remove odors.
- Baking soda and vinegar are also common solutions for a smelly garbage disposal.
Check out our garbage disposal maintenance tips for more ideas on keeping your unit working for you. Have a bigger problem that requires professional assistance? Schedule a free estimate on our Houston garbage disposal repair services today.