There’s a popular garbage disposal cleaning hack on Tiktok that uses ice cubes and hot water. The hack promotes an easy solution to keeping your garbage disposal clean and odor-free.

Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, explains if this solution is the best way to keep your garbage disposal clean. Listen to the audio version or read the transcript below.

Announcer: So, Lance,  there is a TikTok video featuring a woman pouring ice cubes down the garbage disposal. She turns it on, lets the ice cubes break up, and as she’s breaking it up there’s brown water coming out meaning that the garbage disposal is clean. And then she says this is a game changer in terms of cleaning the garbage disposal. What do you think about these hacks that are on TikTok and other social media platforms promoting this kind of ice cube challenge for your garbage disposal?

Lance: In my in my opinion, and I align with the other half, I never seen it be very successful but I might be doing it wrong. I’ll have to check that video out. 

Announcer: Why why would why would people…. I don’t know why ice cubes would be even a cleaning solution for a garbage disposal?

Lance: It’s probably because they’re hard but they can break up. You know it’s one of those things.. I don’t know I can’t think of anything else off the top of my head that would go down there hard but then would break up without causing damage to the rest of the system because once the ice melts it’s water and going to go down. 

Announcer: So then what’s the best way to clean it? 

Lance: To clean a garbage disposal? Usually, right under the flange, you can pull that flange out. The newer garbage disposals have replaceable flanges..that’s where a lot of that muck builds up is under that rubber flange and the main thing is just making sure the food gets squashed through there every time so there isn’t build up by running the water about 15 seconds every time after you use your disposal. There are also I’ve heard some people say, you know, the power of lemon juice. 

I mean I use lemon juice. My mom taught me about it when, you know, just for health reasons, but I think also citrus is very powerful in using some, you know, using some little pieces of lemon peel and not overdoing it, or getting a lemon juice citrus-based solution to go through there has also been successful. 

L.D. Smith Plumbing serves customers in Indianapolis and surrounding areas, including Carmel, Fishers, Avon, Westfield, Noblesville and Brownsburg.