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8 Things You Can’t Put in the Disposal

Water Running into a Sink with a Pot Scrubber Lying In ItIf your Spokane Valley rental home has a garbage disposal, eventually, you will realize that it is one of the hardest-working appliances in the kitchen. But it doesn’t mean that it can handle all types of “garbage.” While most garbage disposals handle a lot of food scraps with ease, there are few materials that you should never put in a garbage disposal. Doing that can damage the disposal’s motor, blades, and more. To prevent expensive repairs and keep your garbage disposal working great, keep these items out of your kitchen sink.

  1. Coffee grounds. It might seem like those small coffee grounds would just slip right down your kitchen pipes, but despite the fact, they can build up in your pipes and create a nasty sludge. Attempting to grind them up with the disposal won’t do your disposal blades any good, also.
  2. Eggshells. Not every person understands that eggshells should stay out of your garbage disposal, but in reality, they can bring a lot of headaches. The shell’s thin membrane can get stuck around your disposal’s blades and cause the entire machinery to fall apart. Instead, it is a lot easier to toss your eggshells in the trash.
  3. Fruit seeds and pits. Small, hard objects should never be put down your garbage disposal. Fruit seed and pits are certainly one of them. If you can’t cut the seeds or pit with a knife, your garbage disposal won’t be able to grind it up, either.
  4. Popcorn kernels. Same as fruit seeds, popcorn kernels are too hard for your disposal blades to grind. Those kernels will get stuck in your disposal’s machinery and cause the whole thing to seize up. It can also be a big problem getting them out.
  5. Bones and seafood shells. Very small bones and seafood shells may slip through the disposal without any hassle. However, those bigger ones will make a mess of your plumbing and your disposal unit, too. Most bones are too hard and dense for the disposal to break down. They will clog your pipes.
  6. Potato peels. It is enticing to simply wash your potato peels down the drain and let your disposal try to chew them up. But we don’t realize that potato peels are full of starch, which will cause them to clump together in a thick paste that can clog your pipes. The same holds true for rice.
  7. Fibrous vegetables. Any type of vegetable that is stringy must stay away from your garbage disposal. Celery, pumpkin, lettuce, artichokes, and asparagus can all get wrapped around your disposal’s blades. This can cause expensive plumbing repairs.
  8. Nuts. Somehow, your garbage disposal blades are a lot like a blender. Everything you have put there will get ground up. When you grind nuts, the end product is nut butter that is sticky and not at all good for your disposal or your pipes. It can stick to the walls of your pipes and the inside of your disposal, creating clogs and various types of issues.

Above these eight items, a golden rule for keeping your garbage disposal working properly is if you wouldn’t dump it down the drain, don’t put it in the disposal. By understanding what you shouldn’t put in a garbage disposal, you can avoid unnecessary maintenance calls and repairs. Your landlord will love you for it!

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