The Ice Cube Method: Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Fresh and Efficient

At 100% Plumbing we understand that a well-maintained garbage disposal is crucial for the smooth functioning of your kitchen. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the Ice Cube Method, a simple yet effective technique recommended by Mont Stephenson, CEO at 100% Plumbing. This method not only helps keep your garbage disposal clean but also ensures it remains odor-free and efficient.

How to clean your sinks garbage disposal.
How to clean your sinks garbage disposal.

The Ice Cube Method Explained: To perform the Ice Cube Method, you’ll need just a few common household ingredients:


  • 2 cups of ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 lemon slice


  1. Preparation: Start by turning on the cold water in your sink. The cold water helps keep the disposal’s blades sharp and aids in flushing out debris.
  2. Ice Cubes: Next, pack 2 cups of ice cubes into your garbage disposal. The ice cubes act as a natural abrasive, helping to break up any stubborn food particles clinging to the disposal’s blades and interior.
  3. Baking Soda: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of baking soda onto the ice cubes. Baking soda’s abrasive properties provide an extra cleaning boost.
  4. Lemon Slice: Add a lemon slice to the mix. The citrus peels help deodorize your garbage disposal, leaving it smelling fresh and clean.
  5. Grind with Running Water: With all the ingredients in place, turn on the garbage disposal and run it with cold water. The ice cubes, baking soda, and lemon slice will be ground up and flushed away. Don’t worry about ice chips flying around; the disposal’s built-in flaps will keep everything contained.
  6. Finish: Continue running the cold water for a few moments after everything has been ground up to ensure that any remaining residue is flushed away.

Why It Works:

  • Ice Cubes: The abrasive nature of ice cubes effectively scrubs away food residue and helps maintain the sharpness of the disposal blades.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda’s gentle abrasiveness complements the ice, providing additional cleaning power.
  • Citrus Peels: Lemon peels not only leave your disposal smelling fresh but also help break down grease and grime.

Conclusion: The Ice Cube Method is a simple and cost-effective way to keep your garbage disposal in top condition. By using ice cubes, baking soda, and citrus peels, you can break down food particles, prevent odors, and ensure your disposal operates efficiently. As a plumbing company committed to your home’s well-being, we recommend incorporating this method into your regular maintenance routine to prolong the life of your garbage disposal and maintain a clean and odor-free kitchen.

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