Are you regretting hosting a huge Thanksgiving party without preparing your garbage disposal unit? We’ve all been there. But did you know that kitchen sinks are said to be more infested with germs than a toilet seat? That’s right!

Research has shown that the high number of bacteria on sponges, boards, countertops and a kitchen sink could easily give way to growing salmonella. That just killed our appetite! Here’s how you can use deep cleaning and disposal methods to make your kitchen spotless and sparkling.

What Do You Need?

If you’re a fan of baking and you love using natural methods, this one’s for you. You’re going to need baking soda, white vinegar, a sponge, a small brush, ice cubes, salt and a wooden spoon.

Throw in Ice Cubes

Toss a couple of ice cubes down the chute and add half a cup of rock salt or table salt. Then switch the disposal to on and let the water slowly flow down the drain.

Here’s where the wooden spoon comes in handy: use it to thrust the ice into the garbage disposal and keep it on for two minutes. Why? The dirt and muck that has happily been camping on the disposal blades will drop. After that, turn off the water.

Add Baking Soda

Put half a cup of baking soda into the disposal to eliminate odor. It’ll also help you scrub the basin thoroughly. Add one cup of vinegar and watch the fireworks sizzle and sputter. Kind of like when you BBQ grilled ribs, only this isn’t edible.

Let it hiss for around 15 minutes. This is important because it will eliminate all the germs, mold or E. coli living cheerfully down there.

Create a Mixture

Next, mix a little baking soda and vinegar in a bowl until it becomes creamy and thick and dip the small brush we talked about earlier in the paste.

Then scrub with this brush the disposal’s top, outside and inside of the duct, as well as the sink stopper. Some garbage disposals have a removable splash guard, which will help you clean it with ease.

Deep Clean Garbage Disposal

Under the sink, you’ll find the disposal connected to an electrical switch. Unplug it and then scour the top inside of the disposal with a disposal brush, from its ceiling to its floor. When you come up for air, your finds will be quite revolting. All our sympathies are with you at this stage.

Fitting the disposal brush into the drain will help you scrub the garbage disposal’s walls without any contact. Thank goodness for disposal brushes! Repeat this step until your brush comes out without any filth stuck to it.

Get The Disposal Running

Now you can connect the disposal to its electrical outlet and place the stopper back in. Load the sink with warm water and add a teaspoon of dishwashing cleaner. Then remove the stopper, switch the disposal on and let the water drain. After turning off the disposal, you can marvel at your handiwork.

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