What NOT to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

If you’re one of the many home owners that use a garbage disposal, you know how convenient they are to have! They get rid of extra kitchen scraps while reducing the amount of trash in your home. Many people think that their garbage disposals/drains can handle just about anything but in reality, that’s not necessarily true. In this article we’ll discuss the things that you should never ever put down your standard garbage disposal. It will keep your beloved appliance in tip top shape and your drains running smooth!

  • Never put stringy/fibrous waste into the garbage disposal such as poultry skins, celery, asparagus, and banana peels. These can get caught and possibly damage the motor.
  • Avoid grinding bread, pasta, rice and all other starchy leftovers that can expand in your drains.
  • Grease, oil, and fat are big no no’s! They can solidify and cause stoppages. The best way of getting rid of excess grease is by letting it harden and throwing it away.
  • Coffee grinds might seem to go down just fine, but they can get clogged in the trap below the garbage disposal. It’s best to just throw them out the old fashioned way.
  • Standard garbage disposals aren’t designed to handle hard items such as fruit pits, seeds, and bones. It’ll only damage the unit.

Note: Food build up in the garbage disposal can cause unpleasant odors. To get rid of those odors, you can grind ice cubes and lemon rinds in the disposal for 30 seconds. Once that’s clear and the garbage disposal is still running, pour a small amount of dish soap down the garbage disposal and run cold water to rinse.

If you follow these simple guidelines, your garbage disposal should stay in pristine condition! If you would like information about upgrading your disposal to the new ISE Evolution Pro 880 Stainless Series we can schedule an appointment for one of our technicians to explain all the benefits.