Sometimes I worry (who am I kidding? I worry all the time about SOMETHING!) that the majority of posts I do on this website are too “down and dirty,” “nitty gritty,” and very UNglamorous to say the least! I mean cleaning dirty ovens and toilets aren’t the most charming of subjects! So today I thought for a change of pace we would focus on something more appealing and refined, like how to clean your garbage disposal. Haha! I’m sorry… I couldn’t resist. :-)
To be honest, I DO sometimes think I should focus on more “pretty” things on my blog, but I guess pretty is in the eye of the beholder, because I really DO think a clean and fresh garbage disposal in your home is a very attractive thing!
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Funny thing about this blog post idea… I was talking with my Mom on the phone a while ago and she said she had a couple of ideas that she thought would be good candidates for “One Good Thing.” One of those ideas was how to keep your garbage disposal clean, fresh and sanitized. I agreed and put it in the list of stuff I needed to look into. Then that very afternoon I was on Pinterest and found a pin with THE BEST solution for EXACTLY what my Mom had been wondering about!
Coincidence? I think not!
So here is a quick, easy, and cheap idea for keeping your kitchen smelling fresh and your sink drain working properly… thanks Mom!
How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Lemon and Vinegar Ice Cubes
Even though I hardly feel like I have to explain how to make your own lemon and vinegar ice cubes… I figured it couldn’t hurt to demonstrate the process. (I am personally a very visual learner!)
- White vinegar
- An ice cube tray or two (or more!)
Here is what you’ll do:
Slice your lemons and put a piece in each ice cube mold.
Then fill each with vinegar. Do not dilute. Place the trays in the freezer.
When the cubes are frozen, store in a plastic bag in the freezer.
Every other day (or every few days) throw a handful in the garbage disposal and run until dissolved.
Ahhhhhh… SMELL THE CLEAN!
A Couple of Extra Tips:
- If citrus peels are unavailable and your garbage disposal is in desperate need of cleaning and deodorizing, use two tablespoons of vanilla, orange or lemon extract instead.
- Never pour grease down a garbage disposal. It will stick to every nook and cranny, causing odor when it hardens and becomes rancid. If grease is accidentally poured down the drain, rinse immediately with hot water.