I've heard many times about grinding some citrus (like lemon or orange pieces) to clean the garburator, but hadn't considered the vinegar/baking soda option.
In his column in today's Vancouver Sun, Shell Busey suggests the following:
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the garburator, then 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Close the drain, leave for eight hours, then carefully rinse with boiling water.
I'm definitely going to try that. It would be easy enough to add the baking soda and vinegar and close the drain right before going to bed at night, and rinsing it in the morning.
He also suggests the following for cleaning the garburator blades:
Make ice cubes that are 1 part lemon juice and 5 parts water. He recommends two trays. To clean, run hot water first for two minutes, then grind all the ice at once while running cold water. After the ice has been ground, shut off the garburator for an hour.
Sounds good to me - no harsh cleaners involved. Certainly worth a try :)
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