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How to Clean a Disposal

This article explains how to maintain your Moen garbage disposal.
Do I Need To Lubricate The Garbage Disposal Motor?
No, the motor is permanently lubricated.
How Do I Clean The Inside Of The Disposal?
The garbage disposal is self-cleaning and scours its internal parts with each use.
Can I Use Drain Cleaners With The Garbage Disposal?
NEVER put lye or chemical drain cleaners into the garbage disposal, as they cause serious corrosion of metal parts. If used, resulting damage can be easily detected and all warranties are void.
Why Does My Turntable Appear To Be Rusted?
There is no need to clean the turntable. Mineral deposits from your water can form on the stainless steel turntable, giving the appearance of rust. Do not be alarmed, the stainless steel turntables used will not corrode or rust.
How Do I Eliminate Odors?

Confirm the garbage disposal is draining properly. Clog/slow draining garbage disposals may develop a noticeable odor.

Odors may also come from the splash guard. The splash guard can be pulled out to remove and cleaned (never pull the splash guard out without the power being cut off first).

Unplug the garbage disposal or, if it is hardwired, turn the power off at the electrical box. Never place your hands in the garbage disposal. Always use tongs or needle nose pliers to remove an object.

  • The splash guard is dishwasher safe. 
  • Manual Wash: 
  1. Once it is confirmed that the power is off, pull the splash guard out.
  2. Scrub the underside of the splash guard with baking soda and warm water.
  3. Rinse splash guard off with warm water.
  4. Re-install splash guard.
  5. Plug garbage disposal back in or turn the power back on.
  • You can purchase a replacement splash guard and stopper (Moen part #1025).

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