5 Simple Steps to Naturally Clean Your Garburator

Installing a garburator or garbage disposal in your home is an easy and convenient way to help keep your kitchen clean and cut down on the amount of stinky garbage you have to store in your home. Not to mention, any garbage we can keep out of our local landfills is a definite bonus for our environment. If you want to cut down on your organic waste, nothing beats a garbage disposal!

Unfortunately, food particles can get stuck and build up in your drainpipes, or become trapped in the small nooks and crevices of the garburator. This can lead to some rather unpleasant odours, and even create a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. But as long as you follow these simple steps, you can get rid of any nasty smells without using any harsh chemicals and keep your garburator clean and fresh.

What You’ll Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt
  • Kettle or pot for boiling water
  • 1 Lemon (or lime)

Before You Begin: Disconnect the power supply to the garburator before putting your hands in it. The last thing you want to dispose of is your hand – bones are bad for garburators.

Step 1: Dump about half a cup of baking soda down the drain into the disposal, and then follow it with a full cup of white vinegar. You should hear it start to fizz and bubble when the vinegar and baking soda mix and react, and this is what works to loosen the grime and kill the bacteria.

Step 2: Allow the baking soda and vinegar mixture to sit for a 10-15 minutes while you use a kettle or a pot to boil some water.

Step 3: Pour the boiling water down the drain to rinse out all of the baking soda and vinegar.

Step 4: Dump the ice cubes down into the garbage disposal, filling it up to the top of the drain. Add about a half-cup of salt on top of the ice and run a little bit of cold water over it, then turn on the disposal. The ice and salt will act as an abrasive and help clean the grime off the blades or grinding elements.

Step 5: Finally, cut your lemon (or lime) in half. Leaving the disposal on and the water running, feed each half of citrus into the garbage disposal on at a time. Citrus is an excellent natural deodorizer, and its acidity will also help prevent bacteria growth.

Don’t wait until your garburator is a stinky mess to clean it! If you do this simple cleaning process on a regular basis, you can avoid the build-up of food particles that lead to terrible odours, bacteria, and mould growth.

Things You Don’t Want to Put in Your Garburator

It’s important to take proper care of your garburator. Keeping it clean is an important part of extending the life of your garbage disposal, and that starts with knowing what you shouldn’t put in it:

Grease – Not only will grease cause havoc for your garburator, but it can clog your pipes and damage your entire plumbing system. NEVER POUR GREASE DOWN THE SINK!

Fibrous Vegetables – Celery, cornhusks, asparagus, etc. They’re all very stringy and fibrous, and the fibres can get caught in the grinding elements and cause a clog, or even expensive damage.

Coffee Grounds – These are tricky. Coffee grounds can seem like they’re no problem for your garburator; however, they can build-up and turn into a nasty sludge that can clog your garburator or your drain.

Potato Peels – This one is arguable. Many people say they’ve been putting potato peels in their garburator for years without problems. Manufacturers say it’s not a problem. However, potato peels have a tendency to turn into a goopy paste that can be extremely hard to get rid of. If you can find something else to do with your potato peels, do it. 

Additional Tips for Cleaning Your Garburator

  • If you’re having trouble cleaning away the smell from a stinky garburator, you may want to try mixing a tablespoon of bleach with about 4 litres of water and then pouring it down the drain. Allow it so sit for a few minutes to kill the bacteria and then rinse thoroughly with soap and water.
  • To avoid clogs and blockages, feed the garburator slowly and consistently with cold water running. Don’t try to dump 5 pounds of vegetable peels down there all at once.
  • Get the help of a certified plumbing professional to have a garburator installed.

At Canuck Plumbing and Heating, we pride ourselves on being able to fix all makes and models of garbage disposals. We’ve been fixing garburator in Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton for over 15 years. However, our experience and knowledge has led us to recommend and carry InSinkErator® brand garbage disposals. InSinkErator® is the world’s leading brand in garbage disposals, and offers a wide range of the most advanced household and commercial garburator.

A lot of people still have some misconceptions about what’s okay to put in a garburator, but InSinkErator® brand garbage disposals are so robust that they can handle almost anything. Many people advise against putting things like chicken bones or eggshells into garbage disposals, but they’re no problem at all for InSinkErator®!

So, if you’re looking for more convenience and less garbage in your life call Canuck Plumbing and Heating to set up an appointment to have your very own InSinkErator® garbage disposal installed today, 587-803-1030!

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