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Helpful tips

How to use a garbage disposal

Keeping drain smells fresh can be difficult, as odor and bacteria build up constantly in your sink drain. The cleaning ingredients you use will work through your drainpipes, and many commercial drain cleaners can be too harsh for certain types of drains. You can try to find a safe cleaning ingredient or use household items that are safe for any type of sink drain.

  • Turn on the cold water
  • Turn on the garbage disposal
  • Always scrape your plates clean in the trash. Put as little in the disposal as possible. Run the disposal daily to keep in good working order. The disposal is designed to be used for what little items are missed and what is imported from the dishwasher.
  • Take care to keep utensils and your hands out of the drain
  • Let the food clear the disposal-you can hear when it’s clear.
  • Turn the disposal off.
  • Let the water fun for 15-30 seconds more to flush the pipes.
  • Turn the water off.

Tips & warnings

  • Never put bones and peels in the disposal.
  • Run the disposal after draining the dishwater.

Cornhusks and other high-fiber items shouldn’t be put into the disposal as they may clog the drain. Also coffee grounds should never be put in the disposal.

Garbage disposals are dangerous. Keep your hands far from moving parts.

How to make sinks smell fresh

Keeping drain smells fresh can be difficult, as odor and bacteria build up constantly in your sink drain. The cleaning ingredients you use will work through your drainpipes, and many commercial drain cleaners can be too harsh for certain types of drains. You can try to find a safe cleaning ingredient or use household items that are safe for any type of sink drain.

Things you’ll need:

Baking Soda Vinegar 1. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into your drain to neutralize odor. 2. Drizzle 1 cup of white vinegar into the sink drain as well. The vinegar deodorizes plus disinfects, creating a foaming action when mixing with the baking soda. This foamy mixture will work its way through the drain pipes, removing odor and bacteria. 3. Pour about a gallon of hot water down the drain after cleaning. 4. Run a bit of hot water at the disposal side and turn on the disposal. Squirt a bit of liquid degreasing dish soap in the disposal. This will foam up, sending good smelling, degreasing, hot water down the line. Rinse when finished. You do not need a lot…just a bit. 5. Do NOT grind any sort of peels…this only further pollutes the line with chunks of more debris…the less debris in the line the better. 6. Do NOT grind ice…Ice is very hard and can damage the disposal.

How to keep drains clean

Things you’ll need:

Sink drain screen
Baking soda
Vinegar
Effervescent antacid tablets
Plunger

  1. The main cause of kitchen clogs is an accumulation of grease in the pipes. Dishwashing detergents temporarily disburse grease, but once the water goes down the drain, grease clings to the walls of the pipes. Once the grease is in the pipes, any little piece of food passing through is likely to stick. It’s not long before the kitchen drain is running slow, and then stops running altogether.
  2. Install a mesh screen in your kitchen and bathroom drains to catch any loose particles of food in the kitchen and any loose hair in the bathroom. To make the screen most effective, clean it by wiping any food particles or hair into the trash after each use.
  3. Pour boiling water down your drains to clear any build up that might have accumulated. Every three months, pour a combination of 2 cups baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down each sink drain. After 30 minutes or so, pour boiling water down the drain. Wait five minutes and follow it with cold water to clear out any residue. After cooking, let any grease cool and solidify in the pan. Before washing the pan or placing in the dishwasher, wipe as much grease as you can out of the pain into the garbage.
  4. Use a plunger properly. The idea behind a plunger is that it creates a seal and causes suction, thereby dislodging the clog. This isn’t difficult in the kitchen with one sink, but most kitchens have a double sink. Before using the plunger in a double kitchen sink, be sure to have someone hold the drain plug in the other sink while you plunge. The bathroom drains are a little different. Bathroom sinks and showers have an overflow hole. You need to cover the overflow so the plunger can create a tight seal.
  5. Drop three effervescent antacid tablets down a drain at the first sign of a clogged drain. Wash them down with a cup of vinegar. When the vinegar stops bubbling, pour very hot water or boiling water down the drain to rinse everything away. If you decide you need to use drain cleaner, use a natural one.
  6. Do not ever use any harsh acid or chemicals. Do not mix drain cleaners.