Many people generally use their garbage disposals as a way to trash “everything but the kitchen sink.”
Contrary to popular belief, garbage disposals are not indestructible or immune to wear, and tear.
Although these machines are called garbage disposals, certain types of waste products can damage the disposal and its draining system.
To avoid damage to your disposal and to ensure that your drain keeps working at optimal capacity Service America suggests you avoid putting these products in your garbage disposal.
1. Starchy or stringy vegetables
- Foods like
- Potato Skins
- Corn Husks
Can be harmful to your garbage disposal.
They can easily wrap around the disposal’s blades, causing resistance. This can prevent effective chopping and potentially clog your drain. Vegetables with high starch content like corn or potatoes. Can congeal [become sticky] over tie.
Excess amounts of these foods, can build up over time, causing blockages and poor performance.
2. Pasta or Rice
Cooked or uncooked, do not dispose of pasta or rice in the garbage disposal. These substances expand when they come into contact with water. Once in the garbage disposal, they will keep expanding until they clog your drain.
3. Grease, Cooking Oil or Fat
There’s really no good way to dispose of grease, oil or fat, but the garbage disposal is one of the worst.
Although grease may go into the sink as a liquid, when it cools, it solidifies into a waxy paste. This can cause clogs in your drain and gum up the disposal.
Grease, oil and fat can also build up in septic systems, causing some pretty unpleasant smells and sewer bills.
4. Egg Shells
The thin membrane on the inside of the egg shell can wrap itself around the blade, causing the disposal to stop working correctly.
Built up crumbs up egg shell can also stick to anything else you may have down there, causing a good solid plug up.
5. Coffee grounds
Coffee grounds can get stuck in the trap of your garbage disposal.
Instead of throwing them in the sink, compost your coffee grounds.
It’s an environmentally friendly and effective way to dispose of your coffee grounds; it’s also a secret weapon for maintaining a beautiful garden!
6. Fruit Pits or Seeds
Pits or seeds will damage the garbage disposal blades and may even clog your drain. Avoid putting rock-like fruit pits down the drain.
It goes without saying, but if you do want an explanation, here it is.
Putting small bones down the disposal not only exceeds your motor and blades limitations.
But it can cause a perfectly formed plug in your drain system. Garbage Disposals do not have the power or the blade type to completely chop up bones, instead you are left with fairly large pieces, which will cause you a lot of issues.
8. Non-Food Garbage
As we said before, some people believe you can send down “anything” you want to your disposer.
Avoid throwing in any miscellaneous trash that can fit down in there, things that are made of plastic, metal or cardboard will not break down and will destroy your garbage disposal completely. Save yourself the money and throw the trash in the trash can.
*As a rule, don’t put anything down the garbage disposal that won’t break down in your septic system or sewer. Think “biodegradable”