When you use your garbage disposal properly it shouldn’t take much effort to keep clean. The important thing is that you keep the cold water running for about 15 seconds each time you finish grinding the food to ensure all of it is carried through the pipes. You can pour a little dish soap inside the disposal while you do this.
Once in a while, use a safe cleaning product like Borax to clean your garbage disposal. Pour about 3 to 4 tablespoons of it down the drain and let it sit for an hour. Simply flush away the Borax with hot water after. Borax will also eliminate strong odors. Do not use any harsh chemicals like bleach or other drain cleaners to clean your disposal.