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
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.
Step 4: Put some ice chips down your disposal.
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.
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.
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!
Step 9: Rinse and run for about a minute with the hot water running. All clean!!