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Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

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WHY DO THIS?


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.

15 MINUTES
EASY

How To:

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    When you run the disposal, use cold water instead of hot water. Cold water helps keep the gears in your disposal working properly.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Once a week, throw some ice into the disposal because it will jar loose debris from the interior of the disposal.

  6. 6

    If your garbage disposal becomes clogged, turn off the power and try to unclog it with a plunger before calling a plumber.

  7. 7

    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.

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