When you send your scraps down the garbage disposal, do you ever wonder just how it does its job so well? Simply put, your garbage disposal operates on a motor system that circulates rotating blades beneath your sink to grind up food and other waste. To make sure your disposal does its job every day, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

First of all, remember to run your garbage disposal every time you put any food into it — this will help to prevent particle buildup and bacteria growth. To avoid the melting and hardening of oils that can cause clogs, keep in mind that it’s best to use cold water when operating your disposal. Let the cold water continue to run for about 30 seconds after you turn off the garbage disposal to be sure all food particles have been flushed away.

When you have a large amount of food to dispose of, be careful to run a small amount at a time through the disposal to avoid jams. And there are a number of items that should be kept out of your garbage disposal altogether, including:

  • Fibrous, stringy foods like celery or corn husks
  • Coffee grounds
  • Rice and noodles
  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Glass
  • Rubber or metal
  • Potato skins
  • Grease, fat or cooking oils

From time to time, you may be tempted to use chemical drain cleaners on your garbage disposal, but it’s best to avoid these products completely. They’re not likely to work; instead they’ll just leave your sink full of toxic liquids.

Rather than using chemicals, consider these safe alternatives. Grind a few ice cubes occasionally to help remove debris from blades and other hard-to-clean areas. Pour some vinegar down the drain and let it sit for around an hour to remove scale, then rinse with hot water. And, to help combat unpleasant odors, try grinding some citrus peels.

For complete garbage disposal maintenance, rely on the experts at Blind & Sons. Our Trust Certified technicians will make sure your garbage disposal and all of your plumbing stays in top condition.

Sources: I Dream of Clean, ServiceMagic Connection