Will Using Ice Actually Clean Your Waste Disposal?


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If you’ve taken the plunge into cleaning hacks on TikTok, you’ve probably seen several videos featuring the #garbagedisposalcleaninghack. You’ve probably even considered trying it if you have a garbage collection service, especially if that garbage collection stinks.

However, it may have given you a break as you started to think about the possible ramifications of the hack. And the fact that it looks really dirty.

And this isn’t the first “crass” cleaning hack we’ve seen from the platform. The latest hack is very reminiscent of the laundry stripping hack that garnered millions of views a few months ago.

So, what’s the deal with the garbage disposal hack? Does it work or could it harm our waste management? Let’s dive in and see.

It’s so gross but it seems to work

The TikTok videos, like one from @andreablack926 who has over 5 million views on the platform, show people filling their sinks with ice and then pushing the ice cubes with cold water down the drain and running the garbage collection.

In the video Black is actually using her hand to push down some ice cubes while the garbage collection is running. This is NOT recommended for obvious reasons. Black quickly changes course and uses a plastic spatula to push down the remaining ice.

As the ice cubes are churned out by the garbage disposal, dark water begins to fill the sink, meaning the disposal is being cleaned, according to the contents creators. But this was done without cleaning agents, so we’re not convinced. Plus, without any cleansers, the smell will likely stay.

Is it actually a smart hack?

Plumbers say a few ice cubes in your garbage disposal can help remove some leftover food. In addition, the blades are sharpened, but an odor eliminator is needed for the smell. The amount of ice you use also matters. Using too much ice can simply clog the drain line. Or in case your garbage disposal is already very dirty, possibly break it, as a team member from Suggest found out the hard way.

According to his garb who came to his rescue after attempting this hack, there was too much in the removal that caused everything to go out of the blue. wrong way.

RELATED: Viral hack claims adding ice to your dryer can help fight stubborn clothes wrinkles

However, the hack should not have to harm your garbage disposal as long as you don’t use too much ice and use cold water when cleaning.

There are actually Garbage removers available at most newsagents and online that help with the odor. But there are also DIY cleaners to try. Some popular DIY cleaners include pouring half a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar down your drain. Let it sit, and then do your garbage disposal.

Another recommends using a leftover half of a lemon or lime and running it through your garbage disposal for a fresh scent.

But if you’ve exhausted all cleaning options and your drain still smells bad, it may be time to reevaluate what you’re throwing down the drain. Starchy foods, eggshells, coffee grounds, and grease are a few things that should never go through your garbage disposal.

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