How to Unclog the Garbage Disposal with Baking Soda 

 October 7, 2020

By  Xion Lab

Garbage Disposal

Here are a set of solutions that would prove sensible and would help you clean up your garbage disposal unit properly.

A. Unclogging garbage disposal (Neanderthal Mode):

  1. Turn the garbage disposal off.

The garbage disposal is not a simple piece of equipment and is not an easy deal. Suppose something gets jammed in there as one would not be able to unclog the garbage disposal except with Baking soda and a few other such elements whose properties can harness. One of the simplest ways to lose a finger is to put it in a running garbage disposal. It is impossible to unclog your garbage disposal with baking soda without an arm or a few fingers and the constant bleeding.

Although one of the simplest things to do here would be to adhere to the instructions stated, is it necessary to have a person continually saying that one should be sensible enough to turn off the device before you start tampering with it? I mean this is a rather discombobulating travesty of human intelligence that.

  1. Insert the correct size hex or wrench in the six-sided hole in the bottom of the garbage disposer motor.

It would enable you to link into the garbage disposal and get the hex to make direct contact with the material stuck in there. It would also make it safer for you since whatever would lodge between the blades would undoubtedly unlock the item stuck, and it would release with some power spinning the blade which could cut off a finger or more which is why one told to use a hex or wrench or screwdriver. Because it would be that much harder to unclog a garbage disposal with baking soda but without a finger

  1. Move the wrench back and forth to dislodge whatever it is that’s clogging it.

It is pretty basic although one should be very sure not to get too violent unless your machine is relatively robust and the manufacturer boasts it. There is a lot everyone can learn from just being better acquainted with their devices. It is all about making the perfect impact as people can see this is not easy. Hitting a little harder or softer than desired would not produce the same results and using this technique is rather Neanderthal-ish so we would like to give you a rather smart solution to your predicament.

B. Cleaning the drain and unclogging the garbage disposal with baking soda

1 The Baking Soda Vinegar Solution

STEP 1 – Take a bunch of ice cubes preferably 20 or so and toss them into the garbage disposal, this done to prime the drain run the water on a relaxed setting this would ensure that they, and turn on the garbage disposal unit until the ice has cleared.  It will help to dislodge smaller food particles, break up any grease build-up, and sharpen the blades.  Rock salt can also be helpful here as its jagged form would help knock out the debris stuck in the garbage disposal but is not necessary if you don’t have any as can fulfil the same purpose with salted ice.

STEP 2 – Make a paste with baking soda and water and use a small scrub brush or toothbrush to scrub the rubber flaps around the neck of the disposal. It would make the baking soda solution run down the drain which would also help clean the area. Furthermore, it enables you to put a brush down the drain and scrub out the problem without too much effort or stress. It would almost make it a breeze to scrub your drain and dislodge the debris that was stuck in the garbage disposal unit, forcing you to unclog it.

STEP 3 – Plug the garbage disposal unit and fill the sink about 3/4 full with cold water, a squirt of dish soap and a cup of vinegar, this would make the react relatively. The cleaning safer as the water-vinegar solution would interact with the water baking soda solution creating bubbles and an explosive round of them. Which would make it easier to clean the drain as after brushing the debris would ensure the vinegar releases the debris while cleaning the surface with its corrosive nature.  Allow to sit for a few minutes and then run the sink until the water has all cleared out. It’s to ensure there is no major burst of reactions. When asked because realistically the baking soda and vinegar are not supposed to partake in a full-fledge response preferably are diluted with water to ensure there is only light bubbling.

For quick maintenance throughout the month, I use these easy DIY green cleaning recipes to keep the garbage disposal clean and fresh smelling.  Both of these recipes will last me about a month.

2 DIY Garbage Disposal Bombs

  • 1 1/2 cups baking soda
  • 1 tsp dishwashing liquid
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 20-50 drops of essential oils {I like citrus scents, but you can use whatever you want.
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup water

Mix the baking soda with the dishwashing liquid and sea salt together in a mixing bowl until it takes the form of a milky paste.  Add the essential oils as desired should be added at this stage and should be used to ensure the essence is vital. Enough so to mask the odours that come from the garbage disposal and ensure the room does not smell like garbage.  Then one would be advised to slowly add water until the mixture sticks together without being too wet.

It means the texture you would be looking for here would be pasty or semi paste which would make application easy without having a high viscosity.  The more essential oils you use, the less water you will need as they both make for a liquid base despite being immiscible.  If you add too much moisture by mistake, add more baking soda until you get the desired texture. It is common sense as one can make more of the substance rather than a diluted version of it.

Using your hands, form the mixture into small round balls then freely place them on a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet to dry out and prepare.  Allow these balls to breathe and to dry overnight until firm after which they would be ready to use.  This recipe makes approximately 20 balls usually variating based on the size of the balls more than the constituents. Place in an airtight container and store indefinitely.

Cost-effective, and customizable of like using a plink ball just more.

If you want a quick refresh of your garbage disposal, pop a couple of these down the disposal, run some cold water, and turn on the garbage disposal for approximately 20-30 seconds.  I use these every few days for general maintenance or if I notice any funky smells coming up.  Can also combine them with the vinegar and citrus cubes below for extra disinfecting.

3 DIY Vinegar and Citrus Cubes

  • vinegar
  • citrus peels {lemons, oranges, limes, etc.}
  • citrus juice

Spread out 5-6 small chunks of citrus peels into an ice cube tray and fill up with vinegar, this done because of the extract bleaching and corrosive properties of vinegar.  If there are extra pieces of lemon or orange around, one would be smart to utilize them in a way that will squeeze the leftover juice into the trays as well creating an extra aromatic combination.  Freeze this concoction until it solidifies. The cold would be smart to generally make up two or more trays of ice cubes whenever one decides to do these; this would make it possible for the person to utilize these little miracles for longer durations.  If you need the ice cube trays for other purposes, you can then transfer the cubes to a freezer bag or other freezer storage container.

To use, place a couple of these ice cubes down the garbage disposal, run your water, and turn on the disposal until the ice cubes have broken down. The vinegar will help to disinfect your garbage disposal while the citrus peels will give it a fresher scent.  The frozen cubes will also provide some sharpening benefit to the blades.  For an extra cleaning boost, follow this with one of the garbage disposal bombs from above.

4 Vinegar and Baking Soda Garbage Disposal Magic

It is where you utilize the baking soda and vinegar to unclog the garbage disposal drain, as well.

How to freshen and unclog your garbage disposal with BS/V:

  • Start by running hot water through your garbage disposal for a minute. It done there is a notable expanse in all things in the drain, knocking down most of the debris. It would even prove a sensible solution as the hot water would make the drain expand.
  • Pour about 1/4 c. Use baking soda into the garbage disposal to prime for unclogging. It has done so the baking soda latches on to the grime and dirt and other debris that might stick in your garbage disposal. It would prime the drain for the next step as the baking soda creeps inside the garbage disposal it is already unclogging it.
  • Flip the garbage disposal on for 2 seconds, to whip the baking soda inside onto all kinds of surfaces as the Garbage Disposal Unit flips. On the blades tend to launch the baking soda mixture everywhere so a precaution to take in this case would be to cap the garbage disposal drain, and then leave it alone for 10-15 minutes.
  • Follow by dropping a rather substantial amount of vinegar in the garbage disposal drain which would show you how much of a reaction baking soda and one c. of vinegar can start. Watch the bubbles erupt out of your gutter. As these bubbles explode, one should know that they are cleaning the garbage disposal. It is the most crucial step in unclogging your garbage disposal using baking soda.
  • Rinse through one last time with boiling water and run your garbage disposal for 5 seconds. This final ritual only was done as a precaution for the case where one would forget to wash down the drain.

Why this works: The baking soda and hot water (left in to soak for 15-20 minutes) will deodorize your drain like nobody’s business if you are one of those people that would prefer creating your scent you can add essential oils.

And the vinegar volcano on top of all that will help dislodge any stuck pieces of food in the crevices, thereby releasing any potential future stinkiness. It is also a working solution because of the collective corrosive nature of vinegar and baking soda which would make it possible for the drain to be wiped clean. Another way you can add to this is by dropping tiny chunks of citrus fruits that dispel acidic juices capable of corrupting the worst grimes and the most persistent stains.

Disposal Maintenance Tips

  • Do not put everything into the garbage disposal.  It’s not a trash can! Therefore there are certain things it can process and certain things that would eradicate the machine. So being well researched and care can help too.
  • Run your garbage disposal frequently to prevent rust and corrosion. To ensure that there are no obstructions always remember to run your garbage disposal before running your dishwasher to ensure that the drains cleared. So much so that you are supposed to run a hot water drain before and after cleaning. And during the actual process of cleaning one would be advised to use only clean water preferably cold. Hence, the compressive nature of cold water suppresses the smells that may be present within the garbage disposal drain you are trying to unclog with baking soda.
  • If you have any obstructions in your garbage disposal, be sure to unplug the disposal or shut off the fuse first before trying to fish the object out.  If possible, avoid putting your hands into the disposal and use pliers or kitchen tongs to get the item out.
  • Use cold water when grinding food waste.  If you have any grease or fat, the cold water will cause it to solidify so it can be ground up and disposed of safely. The cold water can also help the motor from overheating; this would make it use less energy and work more efficiently.

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