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a simple tutorial for proper care and maintenance of garbage disposals

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.

Would you like to give your garbage disposal some love?  Want to try some of Grab Green’s great products?  Enter to win the same thing they sent me – a fun-filled box of goodies for both your kitchen and your laundry room, valued at $35.
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  • Reply MaryBeth April 10, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    I have had trouble with the disposal before, so it is good to know what I was doing wrong. I have tried baking soda and vinegar for funky smells and clogs…but it only takes away the smell, not leave something pleasant!

  • Reply Stacie April 10, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    I like those scents. Sound different and fresh. I will definitely give these products a try. Now we need to figure out what’s wrong with your dishwashe. Maybe the pipes arent draining properly?

  • Reply Dana April 14, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    I make my own, so they’re typically not scented at all!

  • Reply Debbie Yoder April 14, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    ive been making my own cleaners, vinegar, baking soda and castile soap, I then use essential olis, lemon and orange are my facorite!

  • Reply Ally April 14, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    I tend to make my own, so they’re usually vinegar scented (or a little eucalyptus or some other essential oil if I have guests coming)!

  • Reply Holly Mitkowski April 14, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    I use green products as much as I can!

  • Reply Missy Marie April 14, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    I use white vinegar and baking soda.

  • Reply Alexandra Oller April 14, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    I use green cleaners as often as possible. I like the lemon fresh scent best.

  • Reply Audra April 14, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    I love the smell of thyme

  • Reply Annamarie V April 14, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    I try to use green products as much as possible. I like clean smelling scents not too flowery except for lavender.

  • Reply Naomie April 14, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    I try to use all green cleaners. Lavender is my favorite scent.

  • Reply charlene April 14, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    I try to use green products as much as possible. I like lemon scent the best

  • Reply Emily Benzing April 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    I use green products to clean if I find them – it’s kind of hard to. I enjoy fresh, beachy, clean scents!

  • Reply Elena April 15, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    I use green cleaners most of the time.
    I like the basil scent

  • Reply Melissa R April 15, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    I sometimes use green cleaners at home. I don’t like very strong scents, especially ones that smell artificial.

  • Reply Tamsyn Spackman April 15, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    I like green cleaners. Honestly I wasn’t very good about cleaning house before we started using them because they would make me feel nauseous. We have used tea tree oil simply because it’s effective and it has grown on me, but I really love the citrus smells. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to try something new!

  • Reply Marija April 16, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    I typically do a lot with vinegar and baking soda. I add in essential oils, too. Rosemary is nice, as is lavender.

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  • Reply Gabrielly April 16, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    I use white vinegar and baking soda!

  • Reply Jessica To April 16, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    I haven’t used many green cleaners but I like the light, clean scents.

  • Reply Katherine Oliveira April 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    I try to use green products. I like fresh smells, and fruity smells.

  • Reply sunnie April 16, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    I do make my own cleaners, so I’m pretty green about some stuff

  • Reply Cindy Loo April 16, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    I do make my own laundry detergent, and I scent it with orange essential oils!

  • Reply hannah April 17, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Ive been using either vinegar and baking soda, or some green cleaners that are unscented. I add essential oils for scent.

  • Reply Michelle Ward April 18, 2016 at 5:13 AM

    I use store brand cleaners but I am learning about healthier alternatives and plan to switch.

  • Reply Jennifer Reed April 18, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    I have not used green products in my home yet but I tend to like herbal or citrus scents for my cleaners.

  • Reply Lorraine in SFV April 19, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Yes most emphatically yes
    Typically love LAVENDAR or TEA TREE

  • Reply Elisabeth Weaver April 21, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    We love the fig and thyme room freshener! Also Seventh Generation makes some cedar scented bathroom cleaner that works pretty well for us.

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