Has not your garbage disposal been working properly and do you suspect the blades to be blunt as a suspect for that?
Well, in that case, you’re most probably looking for a solution to this problem.
One of the cheapest solutions that you’ll find on the internet for this issue is dropping some ice slices or cubes inside the garbage disposal to sharpen up the blades.
Now the question is, does it really work? If so, whether there is any downfall related to it. That’s what we’re going to discuss throughout this article.
Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have a clear idea of whether you should go with this idea or not.
Yes, it is true that ice can sharpen the garbage disposal blades. In fact, it is the easiest and most inexpensive way to do it.
If you ever notice your garbage disposal is not working properly or not shredding the food wastes you throw properly causing it to clog too often, there is a good possibility the blades of the garbage disposal are not sharp enough.
Sometimes the blades of the garbage disposal gradually become blunt like all other sharp substances after long-term use.
Again, many times if you mistakenly throw something that is too tough for the garbage disposal to cut off, it also might cause the disposal blades to become blunt.
You can easily sharpen your garbage disposal blades by yourself at home without calling a plumber with the help of this super easy household trick with ice if your garbage disposal blades get dull and do not work properly.
However, not all garbage disposals are fit for this technique. All qualities of garbage disposal aren’t strong enough to handle and shred ice.
So, make sure you have a good idea about the ability of your garbage disposal before trying this out.
Not really, most of the garbage disposals have good quality blades. Ice cubes usually are not that hard to dull the blades.
Rather, the ice usually helps to sharpen the blades of the garbage disposal. However, make sure to check the type of your garbage disposal.
Some garbage disposal might not even have blades in them. So, it’s important to check what type of garbage disposal you’re using.
Some garbage disposals have impellers instead of blades that just simply shred the food wastes and turn them into an easily drainable consistency.
Hence, in that case, it’s not safe to put any hard solid down the garbage disposal.
Because such garbage disposals are designed to shrink down only soft leftover food particles. They are not even safe for throwing bones, let alone ice.
One of the best ways to sharpen your garbage disposal blades is simply by putting some ice into them. This is how it should be done. Have a look!
- Turn off the garbage disposal
- Run cold water through the disposal and keep the water running
- Put some ice cubes into the garbage disposal
- Turn the garbage disposal on
- Keep the water running for a while and then turn both the garbage disposal and the water tap off.
It is the easiest and most inexpensive way to sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal. However, make sure you ensure utmost precaution while doing it.
Because chopped ice is very sharp. Once you turn on the garbage disposal, the ice might split and come back to the surface of the sink from the sinkhole.
This can cause accidents if you’re closer to the sink. Hence, it is better to cover the sinkhole with the sinkhole plug before turning the garbage disposal on.
Always remember, never put large chunks of rock-solid ice at once. Because this is going to put a lot of pressure on your garbage disposal.
Also, always try to avoid dropping ice on the garbage disposal while it is on even when you are not doing it to sharpen the blades.
Apart from the ice method, there is one more method quite prevalent to sharpen the garbage disposal blades.
And that is the method of using leftover eggshells to sharpen the garbage disposal blades.
However, this is not a method I would suggest you do because the egg membrane can get stuck and tangled up to the blades, and also dropping eggshells into the disposal can cause a bad smell.
Though the bad odor might get solved if after putting the eggshells, you immediately also put some chunks of lime or any other citrus into the garbage disposal.
You don’t need to sharpen the garbage disposal blades if no problems are seen.
But if you notice clogging then you should check if the blades get dull or if there’s any other problem with your garbage disposal.
You should try sharpening your garbage disposal blades if the disposal is getting clogged or garbage remains stuck in the disposal too often even after regular cleaning.
If your garbage disposal doesn’t have blades then there’s no need for sharpening. So, at first, check if your garbage disposal has blades or impellers.
Some weak garbage disposals may get damaged if too much ice is put onto them.
If you are a user of InSinkErator, then you don’t need to hesitate at all to use ice at your disposal. Because InSinkErator is strong enough to shred even the toughest chunks of ice effortlessly.
However, Your InSinkErator or garbage disposal can often get dirty because of rough and long-time use.
And so, it is important to clean it every week to avoid your sink getting unhealthy, dirty, and most importantly to avoid bad smells.
Just a fifty-fifty solution of vinegar and lemon extract with warm water followed by an ice flush should be an ideal solution for the purpose of cleaning the garbage disposal regularly.
But many times, the garbage disposal becomes too dirty and greasy that the normal cleaning solutions and tricks don’t seem to help much.
To clean such stubborn InSinkErator garbage disposal, there is a great and super effective solution. Here it goes. Just follow the steps given below.
- Sprinkle lots of kosher salt and baking soda into your garbage disposal
- Put a little amount of vinegar, just enough to wet the salt and baking soda
- Now, put some dishwashing soap over and around the disposal
- Let it soak for some time
- Now, put some ice in it
- Run cold water turning on the tap of the sink
- Then, just turn the garbage disposal on and flush it all out.
- Keep the water running for some time.
- Lastly, turn off the garbage disposal and the tap and wipe out the disposal area of the sink with a dry towel or cloth.
Your sink and disposal should look clean and shiny by performing the above method. And, the next time you use the garbage disposal, you should feel the change and efficiency in it.
I hope now you have a clear idea about using ice to sharpen the garbage disposal blades.
If you ever feel your garbage disposal blades are blunt, always check first whether the blades are tangled with leafy vegetables.
Because usually, this is the reason behind the blades not shedding properly. For that, you should try cleaning the disposal properly first.
Make your decisions wisely. All the best!
James is an organic fertilizer professional who owns a successful organic fertilizer company in new jersey. He is an expert in waste management in both houses and community cases. In his free time, he loves to write about his experiences in the field.