Way back in the 1930s, a dutiful husband named John Hammes invented a kitchen appliance called a garburator in hopes of helping his wife with kitchen cleaning duties. The idea caught on in the 1950s and 1960s, and this appliance quickly became a must-have on everyone’s kitchen wish list. If you’re the grateful owner of a modern garbage disposal, you may or may not know that they require a little bit of regular maintenance to keep them in good working condition.
An easy clean for your garbage disposal
Your garbage disposal is a heavy lifter when it comes to kitchen cleanup duties. It’s wise to throw a handful of ice cubes into the disposal while it’s running every now and then. The ice will sharpen the blades of the disposal without damaging them. The ice chips made from the chopped up ice will remove any debris stuck in the nooks and crannies of the appliance.
Consider rinsing with a degreaser
It’s always a bad idea to pour any cooking oil or grease down your garbage disposal. Liquid oil turns semi-solid to solid when introduced to cooler temperatures creating the perfect recipe for clogged pipes. Even if you’re careful never to pour grease or oil down the drain, some still rinses off dirty dishes as you wash them. That’s why it’s a good idea to routinely pour a small amount of degreaser down the drain to help break down any trapped grease.
Lemons and your garbage disposal
Making fresh lemonade? Do your garbage disposal a favor and get rid of the leftover rinds in it. The citric acid will help to clean the blades and the natural scent will deodorize the appliance. It’s smart to cut the squeezed lemons into small pieces before adding them to the disposal so as not to cause a jam.
Foods you should not add to a garbage disposal
There are a few foods found in your kitchen that you should never put down your garbage disposal. The big one, already discussed above, is oil or grease. You should also avoid adding bones, celery, coffee grounds, egg shells, seeds, potato peels, and pasta.