I’ve had a number of queries from visitors about how best to clean your garbage disposal unit. There are plenty of branded products available for just a few dollars, together with some cheap-and-cheerful tricks to make sure your disposer is clean and odor-free. In this post, I’ll cover the main branded products together with some good practice tips.
Branded Garbage Disposal Cleaner
There are more than a dozen cleaning products on the market, all with great brand names and with different advantages. Here are my mini reviews of the top three favorite products.
1. Glisten Disposer Care Foaming Cleaner (Summit Brands)
How does it work? Inside the main package are four packets of chemicals, each sealed in a bio-disposable wrapper. Run hot water into the sink and so through your disposer for a minute or two, then turn down the hot water to a trickle. Take one of the bio-disposable packs and push it into the disposer. Now switch on the disposal unit. You’ll probably see foam come out of the unit into the sink (which is ok) and once it’s all dispersed, your unit will be clean and the bleach will remove most odors!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
Price: Normally $27.99 but check out some amazing deals with up to 90% off MRP !
2. Affresh Garbage Disposal Cleaner Tablets
How does it work? The main package includes tablets that you drop into your garbage disposal unit on a regular basis, depending on how often you use your disposer. The tablet breaks down inside the disposer and help remove build ups of fat and release a fragrance to remove unpleasant odors.
Rating: 4.6 out of 5.0
Price: Check out the latest prices and offers that change daily!
3. Mr Scrappy Universal Garbage Disposal Brush
How does it work? Unlike the first two options, this is the manual approach! It’s a special brush that you push into your disposer and brush up and down to get rid of deposits and bits of food that are stuck inside. Works with pretty much any disposer – just make sure that the unit is switched off when you use it!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
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Bestselling Garbage Disposal Cleaner
There’s a wide range of cleaners – including tablets, gel and powder to clean inside your disposer, as well as a range of specialist brushes and tools to help keep the grinding mechanisms and filters deep inside your unit clean and working effectively. We’ve put together this list of the bestselling cleaning products.
- CLEANS AND DEODORIZE: Glisten Disposer Care Cleans and Deodorizes Garbage disposals, Safely and Effectively
- FOAMING SCRUB AND CLEANER: Powerful Foaming Formula Reaches Deep to Scrub Away the Toughest Grunge and Odor-causing Buildup From the Entire Disposal and Drain Pipes
- MADE WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Glisten Disposer Care is Safe, Convenient and Easy-to-Use and is Made with Natural Ingredients and is Sink, Drain and Disposal Safe
- BIODEGRADABLE: Glisten Disposer Care Biodegradable Packet Cleans and Scrubs the Disposal Blades, Sidewalls, Under the Splash Guard and Other Hidden Areas, Leaving the Disposal, Sink and Whole Kitchen Fresh and Smelling Clean
- WEEKLY USE: For optimal results use Glisten Disposer Care use Weekly or as Needed to Remove and Prevent Buildup and Odors, and to Keep Disposal Running Efficiently
- Affresh disposal cleaner is specially formulated to clean and remove odor causing residues from your disposal with a powerful foaming action
- #1 Recommended by* Whirlpool and KitchenAid brands (*affresh brand products and the recommending brands' products are all owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation)
- Cleans what you can't see: your machine's chopper, internal cavity, and hose
- Use monthly or as needed
- Septic tank safe and U.S. EPA Safer Choice Certified
- Instantly cleans, maintains and deodorizes kitchen garbage disposals
- Powerful foaming action scrubs away built-up food, grease and odors
- Enzymes help break down food waste reducing frequency of septic tank pumping
- Use weekly to maintain your kitchen disposer and drains
- Effective for septic systems each package contains 6 lavender scented cleaning pods
- Plink Garbage Disposer Cleaner cleans, removes sink buildup, unclogs disposals, and deodorizes without any phosphates, bleach, or scrubbing.
- Works in less than 15-seconds Maintains clean garbage disposal and prevents clogs with regular use.
- Nontoxic, biodegradable, safe for all disposals, plumbing, and septic systems.
- Use Plink regularly to help maintain clear sink drains, prevent future clogs, and keep kitchen odor free
- Ideal Maintenance: CLR Fresh & Clean Garbage Disposal are fast-dissolving pods safe for use in garbage disposals
- Fresh Scent: Fragrantly scented pods help remove disposal smells. Use weekly to prevent build-up and odors while helping to maintain a smooth-running disposal. Ingredients include baking soda
- Quality Ingredients: Citric Acid is a weak acid that is a natural ingredient that is common in citrus fruits. It is often used as a pH adjuster, water softener, cleaning agent and preservative
- Easy to Use: CLR Fresh & Clean Garbage Disposal quickly cleans all interior parts of the garbage disposal without needing to scrub
- Fight the Clean Fight: CLR offers products for all of your household needs including Healthy Septic System, Spotless Stainless Steel, and Brilliant Bath
- ELIMINATES ODORS: Arm & Hammer garbage disposal cleaner works to deodorize your sink leaving behind a fresh citrus scent
- BAKING SODA: with the power of Baking Soda, used to deodorize your sink and remove excess odors left from food particles
- STEP 1 PREP: run disposal and water for one minute prior to use to clear your sink from excess food particles left behind
- STEP 2 READY: turn off the disposal and reduce water to a slow stream to continue the flow of water down the drain
- STEP 3 DROP: simply drop a capsule into the disposal and turn on the disposal for 15 seconds to break up the capsule and release the fresh, citrus scent
- Garbage disposal foaming cleaner with bleach alternative; 4 uses per pouch
- Cleans what home remedies and other brands cannot
- Drain and disposer safe
- Glisten reaches deep into the hidden areas and foams away the toughest grunge and foul odors while freshening your whole kitchen
- Use weekly or as needed to maintain your disposer and drains
- Package contains 6 scented cleaning pods
- CLEAN AND DEODORIZE: Lemi Shine's disposal cleaner foams away odor-causing buildup in your disposal, cleaning it from the inside out thanks to natural citric acid.
- INCLUDES FUNKGUARD: Includes FunkGuard, a proprietary technology that neutralizes and prevents odors leaving your sink smelling lemony fresh and fab.
- EASY-TO-USE: Our sink garbage disposal cleaner is conveniently pre-dosed in single use pods; clear wrapping on pods dissolves in water.
- EPA CERTIFIED: Lemi Shine’s biodegradable formulas don’t sacrifice efficacy for cleaning power. This garbage disposal cleaner meets the U.S. EPA Safer Choice Product Standards, making it the safer choice for your home. Made in the USA.
- SAFE AND EFFECTIVE: Lemi Shine’s foaming garbage disposal cleaner and deodorizer is phosphate-free with biodegradable surfactants, free of artificial fillers and dyes and septic system friendly.
- TOP QUALITY & BEST VALUE: Let’s be real - packs of ten or twelve garbage disposal cleaning beads don’t last long. Bastion offers you more for less with a 50-pack of premium quality lemon zest scented drops in a handy, easy to store, resealable pouch.
- SAVE MONEY & THE ENVIRONMENT: With an eye toward sustainability, Bastion uses compactly designed packaging to offer more product and less plastic. This means less wasted space and excess plastic which translates into fewer emissions used in production and shipping and lower costs for the end consumer.
- SAFE & EFFECTIVE: Bastion Garbage Disposal Drops use the active ingredient D-Limonene, derived from the peels of citrus fruit, to get in deep and break up and rinse away smelly fats, oils, and food particles leaving a septic safe, fresh, and clean environment that smells amazing.
- EASY TO USE: Bastion Garbage Disposal Drops are simple to use. Just (1) run your disposal with hot water, (2) Turn off disposal and reduce water to a thin stream, (3) drop in one Bastion Garbage Disposal Drop and turn on disposal for 15 seconds to enjoy a clean and fresh smelling kitchen. Use twice per week for best results.
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