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How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

Cleaning your garbage disposal is an important part of keeping the sink drain working properly, and keeping your kitchen smelling fresh. The garbage disposal environment is most often dark and wet, prime breeding grounds for odor-causing bacteria which can lead to a stinky drain.

Additionally, over time greasy food buildup can develop on areas outside the grinding range of your disposal, such as the rubber baffle at the drain opening and the sloped surface atop the grinding chamber. Clean and deodorize your garbage disposal with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner Lemon Scent once a month to keep it free of clogs and foul odors.


  1. Clear the drain: Turn on the garbage disposal to clear the drain line. Plug the sink drain, and fill the sink with 2-4 inches of water. Then remove the drain plug and turn on the garbage disposal, which will pull the collected water through the drain line. It will help ensure that all food particles are fully flushed down the drain.
  2. Add Simple Green: Pour two cups of ice into your garbage disposal, then turn on the disposal. While the garbage disposal is grinding the ice, immediately pour 2 cups of full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner Lemon Scent into the drain. The ice will help dislodge physical residue as Simple Green eliminates grease, grime and oils from the surface.
  3. Scrub: Turn off the disposal. Use a non-metallic brush to scrub any visible buildup around the drain and rubber baffle.
  4. Rinse: Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
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All-Purpose Cleaner - Lemon Scent
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