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How to Safely Clean a Garbage Disposal

Last updated 2 years ago

Your garbage disposal handles a large volume of waste, and after a while it can start to smell. As this video explains, cleaning out your garbage disposal can eliminate odors and help it perform better.

Never put your hand in a garbage disposal. If you cannot clear your disposal with tongs or pliers, contact a professional plumber. For regular cleaning, use ice, vinegar or rock salt, and lemon peels. First, add the ice and then the salt or vinegar, and run cold water for five to ten seconds while activating the disposal. For best results, clean the mechanism every couple of weeks.
For more information about garbage disposal care and maintenance, contact Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical at (206) 720-2040.


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