How to Clean Garbage Disposal Splash Guard?

Sometimes no matter how often or how vigorously you scrub and deep clean your garbage disposal, the lingering odor doesn’t escape your kitchen. These trial and error forms of cleaning could go on only to have the faint smell build up and grow stronger.

The truth is, if you’re not cleaning the gunky bits off the garbage disposals, it will never effectively remove all debris and smell.

A sneaky area in your garbage disposal is the splash guard. Often, we forget to clean it or think it isn’t necessary to. However, you can see and feel the immense change once you thoroughly wash your garbage disposal, including the splash guard. But, how can you do so?

Today I will tell you all about it. Let’s get down to scrubbing but before that, let me tell you exactly how you can remove all the dirt and grime from your garbage disposal splash guard.

How to Get Rid of Dirt and Smell From Rubber Splash Guard:

One of the primary reasons you should inspect and cleanse your rubber splash guards is when you sense a particular smell that won’t disappear. Nasty smells usually have two reasons for transpiring in the garbage disposal; the rubber splash guard or the drainage.

So, maintaining the sanitation of the splash guard is an absolute must. I will be discussing two methods to clean your rubber splash guard. So, keep reading and opt for the best alternative which seems fit for you.

What You Will Need
Rubber Gloves
Old Toothbrush
Hot, Soapy Water
Clorox Antibacterial Degreaser
  • Method For Non-Removable Splash Guard –
  1. Wear your gloves and start scrubbing the topmost area of the splash guard.
  2. Lift the rubber splash guard one section at a time and wash their bottoms. With non-removable splash guards, this job might be a bit trickier. Hence, you need to lift each of the corners and scour them thoroughly.
  3. Use the hot soapy water mixture and the old toothbrush for scrubbing off all existing gunk. Adding only a few drops of any dishwashing liquid to hot water should do the trick.
  4. If you want even more effective results, you can dip the old toothbrush into an antibacterial grease-erasing kitchen cleaner. This potion has proven to be highly active for immediate results.
  5. Repeat with each flap as needed.
  6. Keep polishing this section until all the gunk, and slimy debris is off.
  7. Rinse thoroughly when done.
  • Method For Removable Splash Guard –
  1. Wear the safety rubber gloves and remove the splash guards carefully.
  2. After taking out the section, scrub the bottom and top parts of the rubber guard with the hot soapy mixture and a toothbrush. Again, add only a few drops of dishwashing liquid to hot water and use it.
  3. Rinse when you notice that all the accumulated dirt and debris is off.
  4. Replace into its original position once done.

Pro tip: Cleaning the undersides of the removable or non-removable splash guards is definitive.

If your garbage disposal is a stinker, overlooking the splash guards and majorly their bottoms are a big no-no, as most of the origins of debris and odor reside there.

The best part is often; you don’t even have to remove the entire section to rinse and clean them adequately.

Here’s another tip, if you notice any evident splits or breakage in your rubber splash guards, you must replace them.

In extreme cases, when the rubber splash guards aren’t cleaned sufficiently or regularly, they could store stubborn germs and gunk, which is only best if replaced. Worry not; replacing your splash guards will not deteriorate the quality of your garbage disposal.

How to Replace a Splash Guard?

As I’ve revealed already, replacing an old, dirty, or worn-out splash guard isn’t the most challenging job with any garbage disposals. So much that even you can do it yourself without the help of a professional. And let’s get real, this will also give you a chance to save a couple of bucks, so it’s a win-win.

I understand that dealing with the base of the splash guard is particularly complicated. This is a reason why many people often slack on cleaning it at all and hence, require a replacement.

However, if I know a thing or two about garbage disposals, it’s that, like many other components, splash guards are one of the integral parts too. Here’s how you can replace a splash guard all by yourself. Have a gander.

  1. Start by removing the old splash guard.
  2. Substitute the new splash guard and assemble it correctly into the garbage disposal.
  3. After mounting it to the garbage disposal unit, you can go ahead and reconnect this section to the drainage.
  4. Test the brand new installation by closing the garbage disposal’s mouth and filling it with water.
  5. If you don’t see any evident leaks in the system, you’re good to go.
  6. Finally, reconnect the garbage disposal to the power outlet and give it one last test run.

If this DIY replacement doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, make sure to ring a professional. Undoubtedly, an expert touch is all that vital devices like these need once in a while.

Final Words:

As you can already tell, the procedures of cleaning and maintaining a hygienic splash guard aren’t the most demanding. Even if you’re a first-timer, cleaning an intricate piece such as the splash guard isn’t a troublesome task.

However, I would recommend you keep in mind that rubber materials could be delicate. You have to be gentle yet exert enough pressure to remove any remaining debris off the splash guards. It is a necessity that you remain very precise and careful throughout the entire ordeal.

All in all, I’m confident that all your doubts and crazy, day-long searches of the ‘stink’ will finally come to an end. Phew.

Now that you know where the garbage disposal stinks might be coming from, you better get to the action. Slap on those handy-dandy gloves and get to work!

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