Use the following maintenance schedule to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly throughout the year.
Weekly: Cut several lemon or orange rinds into small pieces and grind to help eliminate odors.
Monthly: Clean all visible parts of your garbage disposal with a sponge, warm water, and dish soap. Fill sink halfway with water and a tablespoon or two of vinegar. Open the drain and turn on the disposal to flush out any debris. Run cold water while grinding 2-3 cups of ice and one cup of rock salt, followed by a cut-up lemon. The coarse texture of the ice and salt helps keep the blades sharp, while the lemon keeps your disposal clean and odor-free.
Quarterly: Inspect and tighten disposal drain connections and fasteners.
Always run water during use and for 10-20 seconds after grinding is finished to help prevent stoppages.
Run disposal regularly to prevent corrosion or rust.
Don’t put potatoes, carrot peels, and other stringy or fibrous vegetables down the disposal.
Always unplug the unit to clear a jam and use tongs or pliers (never hands!) to remove debris.