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I've got a wash cloth stuck in the sink disposal

I put the disposal on and a wash cloth had slipped into the drain. It is now stuck. Is there a way to release the blades and turn them in reverse/

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Yes, you will need to get a disposal wrench, one would have come with diposal new. If you cant find one, one can be bought at hardware store. On bottom of disposal in center you should see a hole, the wrench will fit there. Turn counter clockwise. This should free up wash cloth.

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