A garbage disposal or insinkerator has been part of every household, not only it shreds our leftover foods, it also helps us in disposing our leftovers without having to worry the smell of spoilt food. As the unit is used almost every after meal, it must be checked regularly. Similar to maintaining a water heater, there are also inexpensive and easy ways to keep it in good shape. Using these methods will surely avoid blockages and drain backups. Simply follow these tips below and you’ll have a highly efficient garbage disposal.
Clean it regularly
We want to have a high-quality unit which can serve us for several years. This is always what a homeowner wants even before they invest on any appliance. However, it’s not just the garbage disposal’s quality that makes it last long. By cleaning it regularly, we are ensured that it will function without issues. Not only that, it also lengthens its lifespan. Here are some tips in cleaning a garbage disposal:
This is the easiest way to clean your insinkerator. Pouring some water will surely remove all the food particles that got stuck on its surface. Though, expect that there’ll be some particles that’ll be left. With that being said, it’s best to pour dishwashing soap with water as well, as food particles will slip away after doing it due to its lubricating effect.
In this method, we must prepare at least two cups of salt and ice cubes. Same thing with the first tip, the two can remove particles that got stuck on the unit’s surface. The salt and ice cube will be shredded by the blades. Afterwards, pour some boiling water.
Try to recycle old brush and use them to clean the unit. It must be used manually to remove the objects inside. But don’t forget that the screen on top of the unit must be removed first before the cleaning process begins.
Avoid pouring FOG substances
FOG substances should never reach the unit and the drain system. These substances can slow down the unit’s motor. And if it reaches down the drain, it will also accumulate inside. Not only it results in a series of problems,it will also block the passage of wastewater and food particles. As a result, blockage problems and backups are likely to occur.
Stop disposing hard food
Bones must never be thrown into the insinkerator as it will only dull the shredder. If this becomes a habit in at home, the unit may also have a difficulty in grinding or shredding soft food. Experts suggest that hard food or bones should be disposed in the trash bin. On the other hand, for large food chunks, better cut them into smaller pieces before throwing it to your garbage disposal.
Remove disturbing odour
There is an easy and inexpensive method used in removing unpleasant smell coming from the unit. We can opt for natural cleaners instead of using chemical-based ones. Natural cleaners can be made from the combination of baking soda and vinegar. Citrus fruit peels can also be utilised as it does not only clean your insinkerator, it also disinfects it.