How to keep your unit in top condition
A sink garbage disposal is a great help in the kitchen, making it fast and easy to clean up your food waste. But you have to treat it with respect if you want it to last.
- when you grind food use cold water (hot water can melt fats and clog the mechanism and pipes)
- don’t overfill the garbage disposal
- always run water before and after you use the garbage disposal.
- don’t put bleach, drain cleaners or other chemicals down the unit
- don’t try to grind bones, coffee grounds, overly fibrous materials (like artichokes or corn husks) or things like glass, metal or rubber.
- if something has been put in the disposal that should not have been, use tongs or pliers to pull the materials out. Never use your hands.
To clean a garbage disposal: Get rid of built-up sludge and debris by filling it with ice cubes and a cup of rock salt, then run it for about five seconds. If your garbage disposal smells bad, deodorize it by running warm water down it while you grind a lemon.