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Garbage Disposal


Dear Home-wizard,

I recently got a garbage disposer, in order to avoid difficulties with the machine, can you please list me about 15 inexpensive maintenance tips because i dont want any problems.

Thank you.


Dear Gabriel:

There are 2 important, but low-cost, maintenance tasks that you should do for your garbage disposal to help keep it running well and lasting longer:

1) Place ice cubes in the disposal, grind them up, and flush with cold water. This will help sharpen the blades and remove buildup from the inside of the disposer. Sharper blades will allow your disposal to operating more effectively, which means you won't have to run it as long, and therefore your disposal should last longer.

2) Pour a cup of vinegar into the sink drain and let it sit for about one hour, then flush down with very hot water This will help to remove scale build-up.

For additional information, you can visit the Garbage Disposal webpage of our online Maintenance Library:

Hope this is helpful.

Garbage Disposal