One of the best appliances in a house is the kitchen sink garbage disposal. When they are maintained properly, they can be a huge help with kitchen cleanup. However, if they are not taken care of well, they can easily break down and block drains.
Avoid throwing anything and everything into the disposal. It is not a trash can and should not be used as such. Disposals are meant for small table scraps. Items such as glass, metal, paper, or other non-food items can be very harmful and cause potential plumbing expenses. Banana peels, fruit pits and coffee grounds are some food items that you should avoid putting in the disposal as well. Oils, grease and fats do not drain properly so they should not be poured down the disposal. They could accumulate around the blades and create clogs later on.
Make sure you use the disposal frequently to prevent it from rusting or getting anything stuck. To maintain the sharpness of the blades in the disposal, try running small chicken bones or fish bones through to remove excess buildup and keep them sharp.
Always remember to toss larger pieces of food in a trash can instead of trying to squeeze them down the disposal. This will ensure that it continues to run smoothly. Flushing the disposal by keeping the water running every time you use it also helps push food down the drain.
Keeping the disposal clean is extremely necessary to prevent food buildup and sour smells from happening. Simply running some dish soap through and flushing it for at least 15 seconds will keep it clean. For a heavier clean and smell removal, try letting ¼ cup of baking soda sit in the disposal overnight and flush it with vinegar the next morning. It will bubble up and clean the inside of the disposal.
These are just a few tips to keep one of your favorite kitchen features running smoothly. However, if professional help is needed to fix a larger problem, you will want to get in touch with a plumber.