I had quite the mishap a couple years back with the garbage disposal that came in our house. It was what is commonly referred to as a “builder’s special” and I have what is commonly referred to as “mommy brain.” The two aforementioned references met in an unfortunate accident that necessitated the installation of a new disposal for our kitchen sink. How much of a blessing in disguise this was became clear when my husband’s plumber came over to install the new one. I found out that mommy brain wasn’t the only thing negatively affecting my disposal and I learned quite a bit of important information about the monster under my kitchen sink.
Since this information was new to me, I thought it would be good to share with you the proper care and maintenance of your disposal, as well as a great recommendation for getting your kitchen sink Spring clean and fresh. That way, we can all lay aside the sins we have been committing to our kitchen sinks and disposals.
Are you ready?
Here’s the awful truth:
You probably need a better garbage disposal.
My plumber let me know that the “builder’s special”we had in our home was a really substandard product. Yes, it could get the job done (sort of), but it was too loud and it rattled the entire counter when we used it. He told me that the new disposal is the kind he installs in the homes my husband builds (crazy insane custom homes) and it would work so much more efficiently and quietly.
Can I tell you? The difference is amazing! It is so quiet that I sometimes can’t figure out if it is on or not and end up having to push the button a couple of times to “hear” the difference between off and on. I never knew it could be like this! And this baby can grind up anything!
But wait there’s more!
You know that trick everybody does of putting citrus peels down their disposal in order to freshen it up?
Yup. That’s not the way to do it either. My plumber told me that the way to clean the disposal is to put some ice cubes in the drain, turn on a slow stream of cold water and then turn on the disposal until the ice is gone.
Yeah. That’s it. Just ice and water.
But, ice and water doesn’t really make your disposal smell good. So, I’ve got something for that, too!
And it is all natural
(and doesn’t violate the no citrus peel rule).
And it smells SO good – citrusy, even!
Check out this Grab Green Garbage Disposal Freshener and Cleaner. The scent is Tangerine and Lemongrass! You just don’t find household products (especially for the kitchen) that smell this good and fresh! Keep reading for more information about this eco-friendly family of household products and a GIVEAWAY!
By the way, the way to get a stream of water slow enough to make this process count. Turn the faucet on a low stream and move the faucet to the side of the drain (so it the water is not going directly into the drain).
Here’s me putting these wonder freshers in my disposal.
OK, now let’s talk about how to use your garbage disposal.
Although I don’t agree with all the dos in this article, I do agree with all of the don’ts. But honestly, proper disposing in your sink is based on two factors: size and texture. Big hunks of things don’t do well in a disposal. And really fibrous things don’t do well either. So those are best saved for the scrap heap, not the sink.
And there is one other thing that mightily affects the performance of your disposal: when you put the food waste into the drain.
You should have the water running at a good steady stream, turn the disposal on, and then put the food you want to dispose of into the drain (a little at a time).
Alright, now for a little bit more information about Grab Green’s fun cleaning products!
»I got a box of their kitchen and laundry products to try and so far I have liked all of them. But I find that the kitchen items are really unique and innovative. In addition to the Tangerine Lemongrass wonder for the disposal, they have these amazing dishwashing tabs in a truly unique scents. Red Pear with Magnolia! Thyme with Fig Leaf! And a fragrance free version – but why would you want to miss out on the amazingness that is these dishwashing tab scents?!?
»We got to try the Red Pear with Magnolia dishwashing detergent and I was so pleasantly surprised to note that the scent after running a cycle of our dishwasher lingers for a while. And that is a good thing because for some strange reason, my dishwasher stinks – no matter how much or how well I clean it. But now, it is clean and smells good!
»The dishwashing tabs and the disposal fresheners both are free of phosphates, chlorines, and dyes. They really WORK without all the gunk!
NOTE: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
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