HOW TO CLEAN GARBAGE DISPOSAL
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Cleaning your garbage disposal both keeps your kitchen from smelling like week-old leftovers and keeps the sink drain working its best. The garbage disposal environment is most often dark and wet, prime breeding grounds for odor-causing bacteria which can lead to a stinky drain.
The age-old DIY method of cleaning the garbage disposal with baking soda and vinegar is ultimately ineffective. The fizzy reaction looks like it's doing something, but since baking soda is a base and vinegar is an acid, the combination only produces water and trace amounts of salt. This isn't strong enough to get rid of food debris in a kitchen sink, and since neither ingredient is a surfactant, it will do little to help carry away loose oil and grease.
Additionally, over time greasy food buildup can develop on areas outside the grinding range of your disposal, such as the rubber baffle at the drain opening and the sloped surface atop the grinding chamber. Clean your garbage disposal with ice cubes and Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner Lemon Scent once a month to keep it free of clogs and foul odors.
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