I had quite the mishap some years back with the garbage disposal which came in the kitchen when we bought our house. It was what is commonly referred to as a “builder’s special.” At the time, I had what is commonly referred to as “mommy brain.”
These two – the “builder’s special” garbage disposal and my “mommy brain” – met in an unfortunate accident which 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 my 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.
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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 kitchen was a 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 the new disposal is the kind he installs in the homes my husband builds (crazy insane custom homes). He assured me it would work much more efficiently and quietly.
Can I tell you? The difference is amazing! It is so quiet I sometimes can’t figure out if it is on or not. I 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’re Doing it Wrong
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 the way to clean the disposal. Here’s the complicated process he shared with me:
- put some ice cubes in the drain
- turn on a slow stream of cold water
- 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! 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 I like is Tangerine and Lemongrass! Usually household products (especially for the kitchen) don’t smell this good and fresh!
Quick Tip: 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 refreshers in my disposal.
» By the way, the disposal fresheners both are free of phosphates, chlorines, and dyes. They really WORK without all the gunk!
The Right Way to Use your Disposal
OK, now let’s talk about how to properly use a garbage disposal.
While I don’t agree with all the dos in this article, I do agree with all of the don’ts.
Realistically proper disposing in your sink is based on two factors: size and texture. Big hunks of things don’t do well in a disposal. Fibrous things don’t do well either. Those are best saved for the scrap heap, not the sink.
There is one other thing that mightily affects the performance of your disposal: when you put the food waste into the drain.
You should follow these simple steps:
- have the water running at a good steady stream
- turn the disposal on
- then put the food you want to disappear into the drain (a little at a time).