For garbage disposals, after they have been fizz cleaned, you will need to sharpen and clean the blades, which is incredibly easy to do. If you don't have cubed ice in your freezer, then purchase some at the store. Place some into the disposal, run the cold water, and turn the disposal on, adding more ice as it gets broken down. The ice sharpens the blades and helps to clean off any extra gunk that is still stuck to it. Of course, stores (Walmart) now sells a cleaner especially for disposals.
For your washing machine - run a load of vinegar wash. 1-2 cups of white vinegar to a full load of warm water. Let it run completely through. Run two more loads completely through of just water to rinse away the vinegar and to flush the washer and drain hose.
When you return home, run the cold water in each faucet for 5 minutes to flush out any impurities that have sat in the pipes during the time they haven't been used.
at 7:15 AM on May. 19, 2009