Proper Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Needless to say, we are all well used to having a garbage disposal unit in our kitchen. After all, it is the most convenient way to deal with all the leftovers – it is quick, reliable and effective. It will grind and cut food for years, but even the most perfect machine can begin to malfunction. Eventually, if your garbage disposal unit will not turn on, you may be thinking about buying a new one. Do not be so hasty – you can always call a professional technician or perform following actions in order to deal with issue on your own:

  • In order to avoid clogging, it is best to feed your garbage disposal with lemon slices every now and then. Lemon acid is actually very potent – it will easily cut through the grease, leftovers and particle and will clean your garbage disposal unit properly. Simply place a few pieces of lemon into the device, turn it on and add some warm water. Remember to keep your fingers as far away from the blades as possible and perform this procedure every couple of months or so in order to keep the unit clean.
  • Some people are using the ice cubes in order to clean their garbage disposal units. Although it is a valid approach, you could actually enhance it and go with the vinegar. Vinegar is extremely potent and does not contain any dangerous acids – it will help you clean the unit quickly and effectively. Just take your ice cube tray, fill half of it with vinegar and another half with water. Let it freeze into the ice cubes. Then take those cubes and add them to your garbage. Vinegar will clean the unit and ice cubes will be perfect for cleaning the blades.
  • If you are disposing of some fat or greasy food, you will surely want to use cold water. See, hot water is going to melt the fat, so it is going to be gathered in one place and will probably clog your garbage disposal unit. If you intend to avoid those clogging, use cold water – it will take all the grease and will transport it down the drain, so you will not have to worry about it.
  • Adding a strainer to the unit may be extremely beneficial for your garbage disposal machine. The market is pretty much filled with all kinds of strainers that will easily suit any kitchen out there. You can simply empty those after you are done and you will see that the garbage disposal unit is not going to be clogged as often.

In the end, if none of the above-mentioned recommendations helped, chances are, you will have to call a professional technician. Do not attempt to deal with issue on your own, since it may only make things worse. If you need more help, call an expert at (818) 510-4851