Garbage disposals sit under the sink, and grind up food waste that would otherwise go to landfills. By maintaining your disposal, you’ll avoid a costly call to the plumber, keep your kitchen smelling great, and extend the life of your appliance.
First, keep an eye on what you put in the garbage disposal. Throw bones, eggshells and coffee grounds in to the trash instead of running them through the disposal to avoid a clogged disposal.
Grease will also clog up the garbage disposal. Pour grease into a jar and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s full and ready to be tossed.
When you run the disposal, use cold water instead of hot water. Cold water helps keep the gears in your disposal working properly.
To keep the garbage disposal from smelling like garbage, throw a small amount of orange peels into the disposal. The citrus scent will freshen up the disposal.
Once a week, throw some ice into the disposal because it will jar loose debris from the interior of the disposal.
If your garbage disposal becomes clogged, turn off the power and try to unclog it with a plunger before calling a plumber.
There is also a reset button on the bottom of the garbage disposal. Sometimes pushing the reset button will start up the garbage disposal again.