5 Things You Should Know about Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can be incredily helpful and efficient, but that doesn't mean they're problem-free! To unclog or deodorize your disposal and properly dispose of grease, here are five tips for making the best of your garbage disposal. 

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
2-minute read



A quick and easy way to deodorize your in-sink garbage disposal is to grind an orange or lemon peel inside it every so often. It will get rid of grease—and smell wonderful!


Cleaning your garbage disposal is as easy as throwing a few ice cubes down your drain. Run the disposal until you no longer hear grinding, and the job is done. The cold cubes will congeal any grease in the drain, allowing your disposal to break it up.


You’ve got something stuck in your garbage disposal. Save yourself an expensive repair bill by fixing it yourself. First and most importantly, unplug the garbage disposal or shut off the breaker switch. Next, grab a broom and push the handle against the impeller so that it turns the chamber. Dislodge the item, and reach in to grab it. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call in the professionals. (Sorry.)

See also: Home Repair Hacks: How to Fix 5 Impossible Household Problems

Disposing of Grease Properly

When flushing grease down the drain, don’t use hot water (like many of us were taught). The grease coats the pipes, cools, and will collect bits of debris. Instead, use cold water. It will make sure the grease solidifies in chunks that will easily get flushed through the pipes. Better yet, empty your grease into a soda can and throw it away!

Drain Renewal

Never have a clogged kitchen sink again! Pour a half cup of salt down the drain of your kitchen sink with warm running water. This will freshen your drain and keep it from getting bogged down with grease.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.