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What Not To Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Posted by on May 29, 2018
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Ah, modern-day conveniences. We all have grown accustomed to such wonderful things as washers and dryers, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. Of course, we do not want to fall into the trap of growing lackadaisical with how we use these fantastic inventions. Just because you have a waste disposal, does not mean you can put anything down it. There are a number of things that you should NOT put down a garbage disposal, such as these:

Bones

You should never, ever try to put bones down a garbage disposal. The reason? All it will do is simply spin around with the blades (best case scenario). At worst, if it manages to get down below the blades, it will be more or less stuck there – to only wreak havoc on your plumbing system.

Coffee Grounds

Do you drink a lot of coffee at home? If so, you need to be aware that these coffee grounds are one of the most deceptive items when it comes to garbage disposal. Though they should never be put down a disposal, coffee grounds may appear to go down the drain, only to build up sneakily – until you have clogged pipes, yet again.

Fruit Pits

If you eat many avocados or peaches (who doesn’t?), you are well aware that these fruit pits are ridiculously hard to break down. Now, imagine trying to get them down the drain of your garbage disposal. First of all, it would dull the blades and wear down the life of your waste disposal. Secondly, if it goes past the blades, it will not break down in there, either.

Pasta

Once again, if you eat a lot of pasta in your home, you should be aware of how unwise it is to put it down the garbage disposal. Pasta expands once it’s exposed to water, even after being cooked. For this reason, we strongly recommend simply throwing your uneaten pasta in the trash instead.

Potato Peels

While potato peels may not necessarily be a burden on your plumbing system, like other foods they can play a role in decreasing the life of a garbage disposal. You might think you can get away with putting them down there from time to time; but like other starchy vegetables, it will create a mess later on that might call for the help of a professional.

Other Foods to Avoid

Other foods you should avoid would include egg shells, celery, and grease. If you avoid all of these items, you will do your garbage disposal a huge favor and save your household a huge repair bill!

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