Waste Disposal Units are a common feature in modern Essex kitchens. Once you use one, you’ll never want to go back they are that convenient.
Small discreet devices hidden underneath the sink, they grind your waste food before flushing it down the drain. An environmentally friendly method of dealing with food waste.
Waste Disposal Units require regular cleaning, if you neglect your unit and don’t bother cleaning it, it will start to smell, bad! Not only that the unit will begin attracting unwanted insects.
Cleaning a Waste Disposal Unit is simple enough here’s how you do it
The first step is the most important, always unplug your Waste Disposal Unit. Never attempt to clean a unit when the powers connected, there’s the potential of a nasty accident.
This will be a messy job, make sure you wear a pair of gloves, standard rubber kitchen gloves will work fine.
Double Check The Plug
Double-check the unit’s unplugged and there’s no power running to it. Try turning it on while it’s unplugged to double-check you have removed the right plug. So there’s absolutely no chance of an accident.
Remove The Splash Guard
Pull out the rubber splash guard in the top of the unit, if you’re not sure how consult your manual
Clean Inside The Waste Disposal
You’ll notice food particles and debris inside the unit use a washing-up brush or old toothbrush with some liquid detergent (Fairy Liquid) to scrub the inside clean. Once clean rinse with warm water.
Clean The Splash Guard
Run the splash guard under the hot tap, remove what food particles you can before scrubbing with the washing up brush and some liquid detergent. Scrub until all food particles are gone then rinse with water. The splash guard should now be clean if it’s old, deteriorated and in bad shape buy a replacement. They can be purchased cheaply online.
Replace The Splash Guard
Replace the rubber splash guard and plugin the unit.
Eliminate The Smell
To eliminate any bad smells coming from your Waste Disposal Unit pour in 100ml of baking soda followed by 200ml of white vinegar on top. Leave for 10 minutes then pour a kettle of boiling water in with the machine running.
Grind up some orange or lemon peels this will help keep your unit smelling fresh.
Once A Month
Fill the sink up with hot water and a little bleach allow to drain through your waste disposal this should stop any bad smells returning.
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