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How to clean and freshen your garbage disposal

The kitchen is one of the most important and most used places in our home, so it is vital that we keep it as clean and fresh smelling as possible. While it is easy to keep the counters bright and shining and our floors mopped and sparkling it is also easy to forget about the one spot in our kitchen that can cause a terrible odor and ruin dinner time for everyone. At Parker and Sons we understand the importance of a clean and odor free kitchen and are here to arm you with the knowledge and tools to do so.

Your garbage disposal is designed to pulverize and remove kitchen waste from food products but even the best garbage disposals can get food particles trapped in its nooks and crannies as well as in the kitchen drainpipe. Trapped food particles can form mold and bacteria which is the cause of unpleasant odors as well as unhealthy spores. Cleaning the garbage disposal at least once a week with one of the following methods will help keep it free of these un-pleasantries.

Method one:
You will need a gallon of water and one tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach. Mix the water and bleach together and slowly pour the solution down the drain. Allow the solution to sit for several minutes then flush the drain thoroughly with cold water.

Method two:
You will need half a cup of baking soda, one cup of white vinegar and a tea kettle of boiling water. Pour the baking soda down the drain then carefully pour the vinegar on top of it, if you have a double sink then do this to both sides. Once the mixture is in the drain make sure to close the opening of the drain with a stopper. Allow the mixture to work its magic for a few minutes then wash it down with boiling water.

Once your kitchen drains are clean you can freshen them up by grinding some ice cubes along with citrus rinds in your garbage disposal to clean the blades and give your disposal a fresh scent.

*Since every garbage disposal is different, make sure to check your maintenance manual prior to performing these tasks.

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