How to Disinfect Your Garbage Disposal

When someone enters your kitchen, you want to hear: “Wow, what’s that you’re making?!”  And not: “Eww, what was that you made yesterday?” 

The focus of the latter comment?  Your garbage disposal, that wonderful home appliance that makes shorter work of after-meal clean up. By taking a few extra minutes during and in between clean ups, you won’t have to worry about lingering odors and bacteria build-up inside your disposal. 

In fact, sanitizing your garbage disposal can be done quickly, using ingredients you already have in your home. Here are a few simple ways your disposal can be germ-free in minutes, letting you get on with your busy day:    

  • Pour a 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide down the drain and turn on the garbage disposal while running old water for at least 30 seconds.
  • Place small pieces or an orange or other citrus fruit in the disposal and add a drop or two of dish soap.  Then, turn on the cold-water faucet until you hear that familiar “all clear” sound.
  • Pour 1/2 cup each of vinegar and baking soda down your unit and let it sit for up to 30 minutes. Then flush it with a tea kettle full of piping hot water.
  • Pour concentrated liquid bleach down the disposal to clear the drain pipe of soap and chemical residue. Allow it to sit for several minutes with the drain cap on. Remove the cap and run the disposal with cold water for about 30 seconds.

Of course, disinfecting your garbage disposal is one thing. But what happens when it becomes hopelessly clogged and no amount of DIY steps can help? That’s the time to contact Connor Plumbing, your local drain cleaning professionals. We clear, repair, and replace all makes and models of kitchen garbage disposals. Plus, you’ll receive a guaranteed upfront price quote for the work we recommend along with our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

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