Tuesday, April 14, 2009

garbage disposal blues

a smelly sink is more than gross, it's unsanitary...so here's a few tips on making that garbage disposal a little cleaner and fresher.
start by doing the dirty, gross work.
clean the entry flaps. some rubber pieces are removable, others are not. if you can remove the rubber piece, soak in warm soapy water and scrub clean. if not, grab your elbow length gloves, warm and soapy water and a rag and start wiping. when you can't get into those tight spots, an old toothbrush will do the trick.

an earth friendly and quick way to clean up that disposal...
put three cups of baking soda down in the disposal.
add a bottle of lemon juice or one gallon of distilled white vinegar.
stand back and watch the show, because a flurry of bubble joy takes place as the acid mixes with the soda. this will also clear out the drain of all sorts of icky things and kill bacteria, which is always a good thing.

then keep that sink smelling fresh...
citrus....lemons, limes and oranges are great options for refreshing your sink every few days. place the peels in the disposal and run with warm water for a nice fresh smell and refresher.

clean up those blades and clear out the ick with basic ice cubes in the disposal. put a handful of ice cubes in the disposal and chop up.

as always, make sure you follow the recommendations on your own disposals manual to ensure there will be no damage...and never mix chemicals together.

danyele @ a thorn among roses

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great science experiment. I might have to try that one with my kids watching:)

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