Food Waste Disposer

How to clean your Food Waste Disposal Machine

So you have done your bit for mother nature, sustainability, and have installed a Waste Disposal in your kitchen. Or perhaps you are thinking of buying one and want to know everything in detail regarding its maintenance. Worried about how to clean your Waste Disposal? Let this article help you with that.

Waste Disposals are usually capable of cleaning themselves and are great at it. They break down the food particles, to avoid any lump which might clog up the drainage channels. But from time to time, a layer of slime builds up, around the walls of the inner chamber of the waste disposal. Needless to say, this build up then gives off a stinky smell. That’s when they need some cleaning up. Whether it is bad odour , limescale or a slimy film inside. Each problem has its own cleaning method to help you around the kitchen.

How often should you clean your Garbage Disposal?

Usually, once every 40 – 45 days is a good way to start, but also right after you have hosted a big party or a gathering at your place, it’s wise to check in with your garbage disposal. As mentioned earlier, garbage disposals usually do a good job at cleaning themselves. But nothing beats a regular cleaning routine. The trick is to be mindful around the kitchen. Sustainability isn’t just getting the latest gadgets at home but also taking care of them. The various methods listed below require ingredients found around the house and are handy.

1) Clean your Waste Disposal with soap and sponge:

Time: 15-20 mins
Things you’ll need :

  • sink stopper
  • rubber gloves
  • dishwasher solution
  • a coarse grained sponge

The first step to clean any waste disposal is to carefully turn off the dishwasher. This step ensures your safety against any unwanted mishaps. Even better if you can detach the disposal from the sink. Now mix soap water and dip the coarse grained sponge in it. Keep in mind a hard abrasive sponge is good for a great cleaning method. As it helps to take off every residue and all of its angled edge reaches every corner of your disposal. Before you move on to clean the actual disposal, clean the sink baffle thoroughly and slowly make your way through to get all the slime on to the sponge. Rinse the sponge each time it picks up any gunk and slime. Follow up with the same method for cleaning the grinding chamber. In the end don’t forget to flush your sink to make it shiny clean. Using this method will help you by thoroughly cleaning your sink and disposal.

2) Cleaning Food Waste Disposer with the help of Ice and Vim Liquid

Time: 7-8 mins
Things you’ll need:

  • 2 to 3 drops of vim liquid ( you can adjust according to your need)
  • 15-16 ice cubes. (mostly depends on the disposal tube size.)

This method is great when you are in a rush and let’s be real, you might be feeling lazy. This is for all the sloths and lazy couch lovers out there. While working anywhere near the disposal, turn it off first, always remember to wear your gloves to protect your hand and skin from any harsh chemical reactions. Pour the ice cubes first down the disposal. After that two three drops of vim liquid. Run the tap and let the sink flush. Make sure to repeat all the steps until the ices are all melted away, leaving you a clean disposal ; all of this in under 8 mins.


Pro tip : Fresh lemon juice helps get rid of any remaining foul smell. This will add a hint of fresh citrus scent to your kitchen. For application just squeeze in a generous amount of lemon juice in water, mix it well and then pour it in. Also, Vim liquid works just as fine.
Pro tip : Refrain from ever using Dranex or any bleaching solution,as they harm the blade and noticeably reduce their longevity.
Pro tip : It’s advisable to keep the tap on and make sure the waste disposal is clean and anything which needs to pass has passed, before you call it a day

How to take care of Waste Disposals:

  1. Keep in mind that hard substances like mutton bone, corn husk, hard bones, Fish scales, plastic particles, glass pieces run a high risk of damaging the grinding chambers of your waste disposal. Even diwali decorations such as ‘toran’ aren’t suitable for waste disposals.
  2. Always pour in your waste gradually, patience is the key.
  3. Avoid putting in any fibrous waste such as corn outer shell, green banana leaf , as they tend to jam waste disposal with their thready remnants.
  4. To enhance the longevity of your waste disposal, try using a jali or net in your sink. This acts as a primary retainer and saves small cutlery pieces such as spoons, food forks to go down the food disposal.

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