Get the Most Out of Your Garbage Disposal

We all know how handy garbage disposals are. But don't let that mean sound fool you. Your disposal is still an appliance. And feeding it a steady diet of junk can be pretty hard on its parts. Here's what you can do to give your disposal a longer, healthier life.

  • When removing a clog, avoid placing your hand in the disposal. Tongs are far superior in the debris-removal department.
  • Run cold water while the disposal is in use. Hot water liquefies grease and causes it to accumulate into a mass of garbage that eventually will become a full-scale clog.
  • Avoid disposal overload. Large items should be cut into small pieces and fed to the disposal one by one.
  • A clean disposal is an efficient disposal. Here are some ways to maximize cleanliness:
    • Pour a little dish soap into the disposal and keep the appliance running for approximately one minute. As indicate above, cold water is preferred.
    • Garbage disposals need exercise. Use this appliance regularly to keep it free from rust and corrosion.

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