Taking proper care of your in-sink garbage disposal is an important part of maintaining a clean and functional kitchen. Not only does it help you avoid clogs and backups, but it also ensures that your garbage disposal lasts for as long as possible. Here are some tips for taking care of your (in-sink) garbage disposal:
Use cold water:
When using your garbage disposal, always use cold water. This helps keep oils and fats in a solid form, which makes them easier for the disposal to chop up and flush out.
Run water before and after use:
Before turning on your garbage disposal, run cold water through it for a few seconds. This helps flush out any leftover food particles. After you turn off the disposal, continue running cold water for a few more seconds to ensure that everything has been flushed out.
Avoid putting certain items down the disposal:
Never put grease, oil, or fat down your garbage disposal. These substances can solidify and clog your pipes. Other items to avoid include bones, potato peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, pasta, and fibrous vegetables such as celery.
Use a disposal cleaner:
To keep your garbage disposal clean and fresh, use a disposal cleaner once a month. These cleaners are specifically designed to break down food particles and eliminate odors.
Grind citrus peels:
If your garbage disposal starts to smell, grind up a few citrus peels in it. This will help freshen it up and eliminate any odors.
Keep foreign objects out:
Always keep foreign objects out of your garbage disposal. This includes silverware, glass, and other non-food items.
Get regular maintenance:
Finally, it’s important to get regular maintenance for your garbage disposal. A plumbing professional can inspect it for any damage or issues and make any necessary repairs.
Taking proper care of your in-sink garbage disposal is essential to maintaining a clean and functional kitchen. By following these tips, you can ensure that your garbage disposal stays in good shape and lasts for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about your garbage disposal, contact JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning.