4 Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Home and Garden - Plumbing
By: PeterM    
25-Jan-2016

Introduction:You use your garbage disposal for some of the toughest jobs, required by you and your house hold to be adequate enough to dispose of all your excess waste. It's what grinds up every single piece of gooey, sticky, and slimy food debris every day its used.

A device that works for you to grind up foods like that is going to have a lot of build up over time. You are running all these foods through it, it is bound to eventually have so much minimal grinded up leftovers that those will have built up and your garbage disposal's performance will decrease greatly.


Not only that but the metal components that you see inside your garbage disposal can get worn out over time, due to corrosion and even some rust from having liquid running through it constantly. You should always clean your garbage disposal routinely to ensure that you maintain long lasting durability at the highest most efficient level.

Here are four different ways that we found to be most effective in cleaning out your garbage disposal.

  • 01

    1. Use an All Wrench to Rotate Your Insinkerator Manually

    If you are starting to here some gurgling sounds coming from your drain or you hear your garbage disposal really struggling to work. Then you more than likely have some gunk built up inside of it from heavy usage over a long duration.

    To just simply run water through it isn't going to do the job, but there is a handy way to rotate the blades back and forth by hand so that you can loosen all that stuff up enough that when you turn back on the disposal, everything will flow smoothly out.

    1. Get a flashlight and an allen wrench set
    2. Make sure your disposals switch is off
    3. Either feel the bottom of your garbage disposal from underneath the sink or crawl under it using your flash light to see the bottom of it
    4. You should see an allen wrench sized metal piece right in the middle
    5. Select the correctly size allen wrench that fits the hole and then start to rotate around
    6. You will feel the control of your insinkerators rotating internal parts and most like hear and feel it loosen up already
    7. Do this back and forth a couple more times then head back up to your sink and turn on your water and garbage disposal.

    Works like a charm.

  • 02

    2. Using Citrus Fruit

    Send down some older citrus fruits that have a high acidic level such as lemons, limes, and orange.

    The acidic levels of these fruits and the pureed substance that creates from being sent down to the insinkerator works to break up and loosen any build up inside the garbage disposal.

    These acidic ph levels also will work to rid your garbage disposal and drain pipes of that old disgusting smell that they can build up over time by loosening and breaking down old scummy build up and it leaves you with a refreshing citrus smell for your kitchen.

  • 03

    3. Clean the Baffle

    The baffle of your garbage disposal can build up with a lot of disgusting stuff, just like most of your components can over time. The baffle is located inside the collar, on top of your insinkerator disposal unit. If you aren't sure what the baffle is exactly, go to your sink and look down at the drain hole. Do you see that black rubber piece that restricts the flow of liquid and solids before they go down to your insinkerator? That is the baffle and we can guess that since you were unsure about what it was exactly, it probably needs to be cleaned.

    1. Get a bucket just in case of spilling, and place it under your insinkerator
    2. Remove the collar from your garbage disposal by simply twisting it off
    3. Take off baffle usually by unscrewing your actual disposal unit and prying it out gently with some needle nose pliers or your finger. BE CAREFUL.
    4. Rinse off outside or another sink all the heavy debris
    5. Use an old toothbrush or cleaning bristle to thoroughly clean every inch of your disposal baffle. (for tough stains or hardened food let it soak in hot soapy water for an hour or two)
    6. Reinstall the baffle and disposal unit the same way you took it apart.

  • 04

    4. Use "Glisten Disposal Care"

    So far we have showed you three old fashioned, yet full proof ways to clean your garbage disposal unit. Now its time to finish things off or skip all those steps all together when you use a product like "Glisten Disposal Care"

    Glisten is a concentrated detergent that works against the most hardened and stickiest goo that you can produce with your garbage disposal. Just fill your disposal with a good amount of the cleaning agent, run some cold water at about the midway point of your sink handle, and agitate the water with the cleaning agent by turning on your insinkerator.

  • 05

    Make Sure You Don't Dispose Unwanted Food

    As you do this the cleaning care product will begin to foam and work to rid your disposal system of all foods and disgusting smells. Continue this until everything has been washed out, leaving no foam behind.





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