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How You Can Easily Clean Your Garbage Disposal

I will not, under any circumstances, put my hand down the garbage disposal to clean it. I’ve seen a few movies… When you put your hand down there, I know what occurs! Time and time again, I shove stuff down the garbage disposal and just try to run it.

Yes, it clogs.

Yes, I have standing water.

Yes, my hub is not pleased.

“Oops!” Is all I say all innocent-like.

I’ve tried a number of things to keep my garbage disposal clean and odor-free. There’s so many different things you can do. I just prefer simple things with products that are always in the home.

Here’s what you need:

  • Ice
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Blue dawn dish soap


  1. So I like to start with a clean sink. Run hot water, turn on the disposal and squirt soap so that it bubbles down there.
  2. Turn off the water. Put 1/2 c. of baking soda in the garbage disposal pour 1/4 c. vinegar on top and let it sit for about 10 – 15 minutes.
  3. Take a huge cup of ice and shove it down the disposal until it’s filled. Pulse the garbage disposal so it starts to grind and slowly turn cold water while continuing to pulse the garbage disposal.
  4. Do this until you hear it run clear.
  5. As an additional step, run water and soap to bubble just so that it smells good.

How often you should clean your garbage disposal?

You should know that your garbage can must be cleaned once a week. There is nothing better than regular maintenance to limit bacterial proliferation in this accessory that receives your waste, fruit and vegetable peels, food remains and other dirt.

I swear, if I don’t clean my disposal it smells terrible. It needs to be clean fairly often. It’s always feels good when I do something so small like cleaning my garbage disposal. It means I’ve been productive for that day!


I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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