Queen of Clean: Drains and disposals

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 11 at 1:47 PM

PHOENIX -- Queen of Clean Linda Cobb showed us an easy and all-natural way to keep our drains free-flowing.

All you need is 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1cup of white vinegar. Pour the baking soda into the drain first and follow it with the white vinegar. You'll get a foaming white volcano. let it sit for about 30 minutes. Once the foam clears, finish up by flushing with cool water. Do this once a month and  you drain should run beautifully.

Cobb also demonstrated a special drain cleaner for slow drains and a extra-strength option for really stubborn drains.

Start with 1 cup of salt. Dump it into the drain. Follow it with 1 cup of baking soda. Slowly pour boiling water around the drain. Let it sit until the water drains. Once it works its way through, you should hear a swishing noise and the rest of the water will drain. Flush with cool water after about 30 minutes. If the drain is still slow, either repeat the process or try the extra-strength option.

To make a drain cleaner for those really tough problems, dissolve a couple of teaspoons of Arm & Hammer washing soda (available in the laundry aisle) in 4 cups of very hot water. Pour the mixture down the drain and let it site for a couple of hours before flushing with cool water.

The Queen wrapped up with the best way to clean that garbage disposal and keep it from getting clogged up.

Start by filling the sink with cold water. Toss in a handful of baking soda. Turn on the disposal and pull the plug. Push the backing soda down the disposal and rinse well when when you're finished. The suction helps dislodge stuck food and prevents the disposal from becoming clogged.

The baking soda method should help with any odors, but if it doesn't, trying filling the disposal with 2 cups of ice cubes covered by 1 cup of rock salt. Turn on the cool water -- cool water should always be running when you turn on your disposal -- and hit the switch. Let the disposal run for about 10 seconds. This should dislodge any gunk. It you don't have rock salt, you can substitute 1 cup of white vinegar.

To sharpen the blades of your disposal, just put a handful ice cubes through it.

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