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5 Tips to Keep a Happy & Healthy Garbage Disposal

Kitchen Garbage Disposal

Here are 5 quick tips to make sure you keep your garbage disposal in tip top shape.

  1. Run cold water every time you operate your garbage disposal.
    – Not only does this aid in the actual disposal of waste but it also prevents overheating.
  2. Every so often, while the disposal is running, throw in a few ice cubes.
    – This will remove waste buildup.
  3. Some things are better left in the trash and not the sink.
    – Certain foods can cause serious damage to your garbage disposal. Rather than throwing them down the drain, you should
    throw them in the trash. Things like:
    * Coffee grounds
    * Potato/carrot peels
    * Egg shells
    * Cooking grease
  4. After use, once the grinding noise stops, let your garbage disposal run for five more seconds.
    – This prevents the blades from stopping prematurely and ensures that the waste will be properly disposed of.
  5. At least once a week, toss in a lemon peel or an orange peel and run your garbage disposal for at least 10 seconds.
    – This will get rid of any lingering odors and give your sink a fresh citrus scent!

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