Garbage Disposal Tip


Check the cabinets under your garbage disposal frequently for leaks. Your disposal has flanges, gaskets and pipe connections which can be sources of leaks that can lead to mold and pest infestations.

Routine Care

Clean disposer by grinding up ice cubes

The procedure sharpens the cutting blade and cleans out built-up debris and scale.

Timing: February (yearly)

How To

The following is the procedure for cleaning your garbage disposal:

  • Place ice cubes in the disposal, grind them up, and flush with cold water. This will help sharpen the blades and remove buildup from the inside of the disposer.
  • Pour a cup of vinegar into the sink drain and let it sit for about one hour, then flush down with very hot water This will help to remove scale build-up.

NEVER put your hand in the unit. Even if the motor doesn’t accidentally start up, the cutting jaws are sharp enough to cut your fingers.


The benefits of this task are that it helps to ensure the smooth operation of your garbage disposal, and helps to reduce the chance of having plumbing problems.


The cost of this task is relatively low. It is estimated that this task should take about an hour to complete, and the task is relatively easy to do. No specialized tools are required, but you will need to have ice and vinegar on hand


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