Green Cleaning Method – How to clean the garbage disposal with natural cleaners

I hate the garbage disposal because it’s just plain gross. Not gonna go into details – because there are just too many reasons to list as to why I think garbage disposals are as gnarly as a cesspool.

Lately, I’ve been using green cleaning methods more and more for household natural cleaners. My favorite use will always be how to clean a glass top stove using baking soda. I feel drawn to natural cleaners and following green cleaning methods because I have a small child and small pets in my home. I feel like I should be sanitizing the space they live and play in with a non-toxic salt-of-the-earth type of cleaner as opposed to chemicals with names I can’t even pronounce.

Natural cleaners like baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, fresh lemons and salt are easy to find as you probably already have them in your house somewhere! Here’s how I cleaned my garbage disposal using baking soda, vinegar, lemon, water, salt, ice and a toothbrush.

Step 1:  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda into the disposal

Baking Soda in Garbage Disposal

 Step 2: Pour a cup of vinegar on top of the baking soda. It will foam up. Let it sit for about 2 minutes.

Step 3:  Pour about a cup of hot boiling water down the disposal after letting it sit.

Hot boiling water

Step 4: Put some ice chips down your disposal.

Ice

Ice

Step 5: Run the disposal and let a small trickle of water help wash it down.

Step 6: Pour about 1/2 cup of coarse salt down the disposal. Rock salt would have been better, but all I had on hand was this and it worked fine.

Kosher Salt

Step 7: Since I know my disposal can’t digest large pieces of fruit like this, I always put a lemon wedge down in there and turn it on. It basically just grinds it up and makes the kitchen sink smell nice and lemony-scented. I reach down and pull out the pulverized lemon peel afterwards.

cleaning with fresh lemons

Step 8:  Next, I use an old toothbrush to clean under the plastic flaps with a baking soda / vinegar paste. I just eyeball the 2 parts together until it makes a paste loose enough to clean with. Then I got to work with the toothbrush!

vinegar and baking soda cleaning paste

Step 9: Rinse and run for about a minute with the hot water running. All clean!!

Jayna

Hi, I’m Jayna, a Wylie mom blogger living near Plano, Texas. I’m a Dessert love & recipe maker. Mom to a rowdy little boy. Coffee lover. Beloved wife and creator of Bellabyte Design Studio. Connect with me, I’d love to hear from you!

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the very helpful tip! I was wondering why you used the ice and the salt or what their “duty” is for this process. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for posting this. You are right, they are disgusting. Thanks for this through approach to doing what we can with what we have!

  3. Victoria says:

    In our disposal the rubber part is easy as pie to pop out and you wouldn’t believe how much gunk your missing by not pulling it out (if you can).

  4. Thanks for this! It was so easy and I love the new lemony scent instead of the decaying meat smell!

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