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How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Blades Clean

Garbage disposals are some of the most underappreciated and hardest working appliances in the average American home. In fact, most people don't give their disposals much thought, but it may help extend the life of this appliance if you take the time to maintain and use it properly.

A key part of garbage disposal is the blade. Below is more information that can help keep the blades clean and maximize the lifespan of your garbage disposal.

  1. The blades inside your garbage disposal will gradually accumulate a nasty, smelly coating of grease, food residue, and bacterial slime. An occasional cleaning will help remove these substances and also knock down odors.
  2. To clean your garbage disposal, toss in a couple cups of ice cubes and a few tablespoons of salt, then turn on the unit. Allow it to run for a few seconds without running water; this step will allow the ice and salt to "cut" into the accumulated debris and sharpen the blades.
  3. After running the disposal for 10 seconds, turn on the faucet and wash away the remaining ice and salt. If desired, you can repeat this cleaning process once or twice more to ensure the blades are completely clean and sufficiently sharp.

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