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How to Clean a Garburator

Garburator disgusting? Food particles left behind by this helpful household appliance make it a prime place for mold and bacteria growth. When smells start emulating from this eviscerating appliance, it’s time for a thorough cleaning. How can you do it safely and effectively, without destroying your garburator?

How to Clean Your Garburator

It is recommended to clean your garburator once a week to keep it both smelling and running properly.

  1. Learn where smells lurk.
  2. Familiarize yourself with your cleaning territory: Smells can come from the plug/stopper, inside the pipes, within the garburator itself, or around or above the blades.
  3. Try these garburator cleaning tricks.
    There’s more than one way to clean out a smelly garburator. Tackle the situation with these kitchen cleaning tips:
    • Daily cleaning
      The most common reason for a gross garburator is food particles left behind due to insufficient water use following operation. For simple daily cleaning, after operating your garburator, plug your sink drain, filling the basin halfway with water, a squirt of dish soap, and a cup of vinegar. Unplug and run the garburator as this mixture flows down, leaving the garburator on for five seconds after the grinding noises seem to have evened out.
    • Weekly Garburator Deodorizer
      Pour half a cup of baking soda into your garburator, followed by a cup of vinegar, adding slowly and letting the mixture fizz. (If you have a double-sink, plug the opposite side.) While this mixture if fizzing, bring a pot of water to boil. Very carefully, pour the boiling water down the drain to rinse away debris the fizzy mixture has loosened. Now fill the drain with 2 cups of ice, adding 1 cup of course rock/sea salt if you have it. Run the cold water, and the garburator. Finally, cut a lemon or lime in half, adding the halves to the drain one at a time, to deodorize your garburator. Repeat weekly, or daily if odors persist, until unwanted smells are eliminated.
  4. Get down and dirty.
    If smells persist despite the cleaning methods above, you may have overlooked cleaning a component of your system.
    • Clean the baffle/stopper/plug.
      The baffle sits in the collar of the garburator. Simply pull it out, rinse it off, and wipe it clean of food waste residue with an old sponge or toothbrush.
    • Clean the flaps.
      Scrub down the top and underside of garburator flaps with a baking soda and paste solution on an old toothbrush.
    • Clean the garburator chamber and blades.
      Refer to ‘Garburator Deodorizer’ from Step 2 above. Vinegar kills salmonella and E. coli, and is far safer if it comes flying out of your sink than chemical cleaners. Gritty baking soda, made fizzy with vinegar, helps loosen grime. The ice cube and rock salt combination likewise removes stuck-on debris.
    • De-putrify plumbing drain lines.
      Pour very hot water down your drains at least once a week to prevent the buildup up smelly, pipe clogging debris. Adding environmentally friendly drain cleaners monthly, such as BioChoiceES or Earthworm Family Safe Drain Cleaner, can also prevent odors and clogs.

Lack of knowledge on how to clean out your garburator get you into trouble? Mr. Rooter Plumbing, a Neighbourly company, can help you clear the air. Contact us today.


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