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5 Things You Should Never Put Down a Garbage Disposal!

Foods Not to Put Down a Garbage Disposal

Make sure that you take care not to put the following items through a garbage disposal when doing your dishes!

If you have a garbage disposal, there are a few things you need to do in order to keep it in good working order. The best way to maintain your garbage disposal unit is to avoid placing harmful foods, liquids, and objects into it. Not only could these break your unit, they can also lead to drain clogs and leaky pipes! Here are five things that you should never put down your garbage disposal.

1. Bones

This might seem a little too obvious, but you’d never imagine how many people out there think that putting bones in a garbage disposal is fine! Bones can wreck the blades of the unit and lead to clogging problems which could cost you even more in repairs.

2. Egg Shells

Eggs can be a great part of your breakfast every morning, but don’t feed your garbage disposal the shells! The stringy membrane can wrap around the disposal and clog your piping.

3. Grease and Oil

Anyone who has ever let bacon grease sit over time knows what happens to it – it turns into a solid. The same thing will happen if you pour grease or oil down your drain. The fluid will eventually harden and cause damage to your garbage disposal. Even if you don’t have a disposal unit, avoid pouring grease and oil down your kitchen sink drain.

4. Pasta

Any foods with lots of starch can clog your drain pipes over time, so avoid using your garbage disposal for foods such as pasta, potatoes, or rice.

5. Coffee Grounds

Need that extra jolt to wake up in the morning? Make sure you’re not disposing of the coffee grounds down the sink! Over time, those grounds can blunt the blades of your disposal unit.


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