5 Essentials for a DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning
Blog - April 24, 2019

This is a Sponsored Post for Mr. Rooter Plumbing.  However, all opinions are my own.

Who knew at my age I would be learning how to clean my garbage disposal? I started ironing at 45 years-old so I can certainly learn how to clean my drain at 48, right? Unclogging drains, though, is not one of my strong points. I am typically the person that clogged the drain…

I was a late bloomer with everything.  Marriage, kids, and now cleaning.  I managed on my own for many years with bleach and Windex.  They were my  best friends. I’m not sure if it was the Greek in me that gave me that idea or Forensic Files, but somehow I knew to use bleach.

So, whenever anything went wrong in any of my apartments like toilet clogging or the drain clogging, I’d pour bleach down the toilet, drain, or garbage disposal and hope it went away. I had a habit of abusing the garbage disposal (like throwing edamame shells in there).  Usually, it would be followed by a call to the landlord and then a plumber would to come out.

Things are different now.  I am more responsible. However, I like to approach cleaning and doing things around the house chemical-free if I can.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing sent me a DIY kit equipped to handle these situations.  Here are five essential products to help clean your drain.

Baking Soda + Vinegar

Pour half a cup of baking soda into your disposal. Follow this with a cup of vinegar, adding slowly and letting it fizz. If you have a double sink, don’t forget to plug the other side.

Boiling Water

While the mixture is fizzing, bring a pot of water to boil. Carefully pour it down the sink so that the mixture loosens.

Ice and Sea Salt

Fill the drain with 2 cups of ice and 1 cup of course sea salt.

Run the cold water and the disposal.

Lemon or Lime

Cut a lemon or lime in half, adding them one by one into the drain to deodorize the disposal.

You could do this daily if you wanted, it so nice to have a fresh and clean garbage disposal.  It’s the little things, right? It makes me so happy I could hug someone! Speaking of hugging…

Did you know it’s National Hug A Plumber Day on April 25th? Plumbers are hard working tradesmen who protect the health of our nation through their services.

Although, plumbers are always ready to answer your call when in need, you should do your best to protect your plumbing system and use environmentally friendly products. Certain products like bleach and drain openers can be very effective at cleaning and deodorizing but very damaging to your plumbing system.

 

Mr. Rooter Plumbing sent me my DIY kit for emergencies. They are a Neighborly company, and full-service plumbing and drain cleaning franchises that provide services to both residential and commercial customers.  What are your DIY hacks to clean your garbage disposal?

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