A garbage disposal system is a tremendous aid in reducing the amount of organic trash you throw into your trash bin.
Food items that can cause odors, spills or even germs can be gotten rid of easily and quickly with a good garbage disposal. Still, these devourers of nastiness can only perform well when they are properly maintained.
This article will present six easy to follow steps on how to maintain your garbage disposal system, ensuring your system’s top performance for many years to come.
Tip 1: Avoid putting hard items into the disposal
A garbage disposal can sound like an indestructible monster, but the truth is that it is a finely designed, carefully made machine.
The shredder of a garbage disposal is designed to process soft, organic material, such as pieces of meat, fruit or other softer food items.
Hard items such as bone, shellfish shells, nuts and kernels will dull the shredder, and even potentially clog it or even damage it.
Thus, make sure you put only those items into the disposal that it is designed to handle.
Tip 2: Avoid putting fibrous items into the disposal
Another item that can clog the shredder of a garbage disposal unit is anything fibrous.
Corn husks, celery fibers, and other such stringy items can easily get caught in the gear- like shredder, causing it to seize up altogether.
Not only is this a hassle, but unclogging a garbage disposal can be a hazardous procedure and should be avoided at all costs.
Tip 3: Cut large items into small pieces
As well as being designed for softer materials, garbage disposals are designed to process small amounts of waste. Thus, whenever disposing of large items, such as large pieces of meat or whole fruits, the first thing you need to do is cut them into smaller, more manageable pieces.
Additionally, be sure to feed these small pieces into the garbage disposal in small increments.
This will prevent clogging the shredder by providing a slow, steady flow of waste to shred.
Tip 4: Run water during use
Another way to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly, and to prevent clogging, is to run cold water down the disposal when in use.
This will act as a lubricant, as well as keeping the shredder flushed of shredded materials as it shreds.
The cleaner the shredder is, the more effective its performance.
Tip 5: Only use organic materials in the disposal
Just as hard shells and nuts can damage a garbage disposal, so too can non-organic materials.
Fabric, paper, plastic, string or other materials can easily clog, dull or damage the shredder, causing the unit to perform badly or to stop performing at all.
The term ‘garbage disposal’ is perhaps a bit of a misnomer in this respect. Best to think of it as a ‘soft food disposal’.
Tip 6: Clean regularly
The inside of the plastic guard can collect all kinds of grease and residue if left for too long.
As well as creating a rather nasty odor, this residue can serve to gunk up the shredder, reducing its performance dramatically.
Cleaning on a regular basis will prevent any nasty buildup.
When the unit is off, wipe the underside of the guard with a damp paper towel. Never reach or clean into the shredder itself.
Following the six tips in this article will help you get the most from your garbage disposal unit.
Remember to never put anything down the disposal that can harm or clog the shredder.
And never, EVER put your fingers into the shredder, whether it’s on OR OFF. Always be smart, and always be safe.