Here are some Do’s & Don’ts for your garbage disposal:
- Grind food waste with moderate flow of water.
- Grind small amounts of peelings from citrus fruits (1/4 of an orange) to freshen up your drain.
- Flush your disposal to allow for cleaning by allowing the disposal and water to run after grinding or dumping dishwater.
- Use a disposal cleaner or degreaser or deodorizer as needed.
- Do not use hot water when grinding food waste. It is ok to drain hot water between grinding periods
- Do not turn off the disposal or the water until grinding is completed.
- Do not grind fibrous materials like cornhusks, artichokes, onionskins, celery, etc. to avoid possible drain blockage.
- Never overload the grinding chamber as this can overload the motor and cause it to stop.
- Don’t pour liquid grease down the drain. Before washing pots and pans, wipe out congealed grease with a paper towel.
How to solve sink odors
If you have odors from your sink, this is likely due to build up of food debris inside your garbage disposal. To eliminate these odors, place ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposal and let it run for about 30 seconds, then rinse it with cold water for about 20 seconds.
Does the Air Gap on top of your sink “spit?” This is probably due to something restricting the drainage line. Make sure the line FROM the air gap is not kinked and that nothing is partially blocking it where it connects to the drain.