Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

Whether you’re a first time homeowner, or simply facing challenges with maintaining your home, here are some tips that can help maintain the garbage disposal in your kitchen.

To unjam a clogged garbage disposal:

  • Turn off the power to the disposal at the circuit breaker.
  • Locate the small hexagonal hole on the bottom of the unit.
  • Insert the key that came with the garbage disposal, or an Allen wrench, into the hole.
  • Rotate the key back and forth to manually turn the disposal until you release the jam.

To remove bad odors in a garbage disposal:

  • Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by a cup of white vinegar.
  • Allow the mixture to foam for a minute or two.
  • Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain, and let it sit for five minutes.
  • Turn on the cold water while running the disposal to flush it out.

Do this once a month and odors will be a thing of the past.

This First Time Homeowner tip brought to you by Merillat cabinets – the dream kitchen for the real world.

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  1. Thanks, Danny Lipford. Your Garbage Disposal Trouble Tips are excellent ! I am on my way, with confidence and tools, to free up the unit for my daughter and son. I will let you know of the final results. Thanks, Lou


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