Hi there, I’m Jeff Patterson with Home Repair
Tutor, and in this video, I’m going to show you how to clean a garbage disposal. So if
you’re running into the problem of stinky sink drains in your kitchen—you think it’s
coming from your garbage disposal—check out this video. It could help you out immensely.
So let’s get to it. The first method that we’re going to be
using to clean your garbage disposal is going to use lemons. So take a lemon and cut it
in half, like I did here. And then cut it in half again. So you’re going to have a
whole bunch of half-moon shaped pieces of lemon.
And I like to deseed it. I know that it sounds funny because we’re using a garbage disposal,
but I don’t want any extra stress put on the disposal. And honestly, I really use it
other than for like very minor food stuffs. Then turn on the water after you stuff the
lemons down in the garbage disposal. Turn it on, and run it for a good minute. That
way you’ll clean out the disposal and get it smelling good.
The second method we’re going to be using is with Heinz vinegar. Now I’m from Pittsburg—you
may know that—so I like using Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and freezing or making vinegar ice
cubes. You can do this in your ice cube tray, just make sure that nobody uses them because
that would be a bad surprise. Stuff the ice cubes down into the garbage disposal and run
it. Again, turn on the hot water first, and then run the garbage disposal for a good minute,
and that’ll clean it out really nicely. The third method we’re going to use involves
backing soda. So this is just pure baking soda that you probably have in your kitchen
for cooking. Measure out about a ½ cup, and stuff the baking soda down into the garbage
disposal, and let it sit there for about 1 hour. So again, push it down with the spoon,
and let it sit there for 1 hour to absorb all of the nastiness, all the
smell. And then what you can do is add about 1 cup of vinegar. So you’re going to pour
that vinegar down to the drain. You’re going to create this lava effect because when the
baking soda and the vinegar combine, there’s a chemical reaction. It’s pretty harmless,
but rinse out the garbage disposal. Run it for another minute, and you’re good to go.
That’s another way to clean your garbage disposal.
The final method of cleaning the disposal involves 20 Mule Team Borax. So this is a
natural laundry cleaner, and they even outline on the box how to clean your garbage disposal
using the Borax. Grab a tablespoon—so just 1 tablespoon—and
you’re going to add about 2-3 tablespoons of the Borax to the garbage disposal. And
you’re going to let it sit in the garbage disposal for about 15 minutes. Again, you’ll
have to push it down with a spoon. And the Borax will work just like the baking soda
did. The only difference is you definitely want to use warm water per the directions.
So clean out your sink, and then turn on the garbage disposal; you’re done.
All right. There you have it. Those are several ways that you can clean your garbage disposal.
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