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    garbage disposal cleaner

    Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:03 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    What is a good home made garbage disposal cleaner. I have tried using lemons and orange peels that only made it smell good for a few minutes. I live in a apt so no telling how old that thing really is.I want to clean it and make it smell good longer then a few minutes.
    Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:21 pm Groupie
    I have not tried this, but it has several good reviews: Garbage Disposal Cleaner
    Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:00 pm Groupie
    Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays and run those down the disposal. This will keep the blades sharp while safely killing odor-causing bacteria.
    For stubborn odors pour baking soda into the drain and let it set for several hours before running the water and garbage disposal.
    For really stubborn odors, use Borax. Just pour 3-4 tablespoons of Borax down the drain and let it sit for an hour. Then turn on the hot water and flush the borax away.
    There's also a product called Plink which is marketed for this purpose, but I haven't tried it. The citrus rinds work great for me.
    PaulO in MA
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:05 pm Groupie
    I've tried Plink. It's only o.k.

    Much better is a product we used to have at Colgate. As it's a smaller brand, they sold it off years ago.

    Works great.

    You turn the water on hot for a minute, then turn the hot water to a trickle and drop a packet down the disposal. Turn on the disposal, and it foams up and does a great job cleaning the disposal.
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:47 pm Groupie
    I wonder if it's bicarbonate and a dry acid?
    PaulO in MA
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:29 pm Groupie
    The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is on the company's web site.

    Looks like a surfactant (i.e., SLS) and acids.

    It works great.

    Question for the original poster ...

    Do you have a dishwasher? If yes, where does the water drain to?

    My dishwasher drains underneath the sink into the sink drain above the disposal. So, every time I use the dishwasher, I flush the disposal with very hot water and bleach from the dishwasher detergent. Does a great job cleaning the disposer.

    On the down side, can't use a plunger in the sink when I put the peels from 5-lbs. potatoes down the sink and glued the drain shut. icon_biggrin.gif
    PaulO in MA
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:33 pm Groupie
    There's a video of the cleaner working on the company's web site. I highly recommend it if anyone needs to clean their disposal.
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