Things You Should Never Throw Down The Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are convenient appliances to have in the kitchen. They are used to collect and shred food waste to prevent sink clogging. The food collected then gets stored in a chamber underneath the sink.

According to Go Green Wilmette, processed food scraps travel through the disposal with the wastewater to the treatment plants to be captured and converted to biofuels or electricity. Pretty cool, huh?

Things You Should Not Put In a Garbage Disposal

To ensure your garbage disposal’s care is done right, the following items are things you should never thrown down your drain:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Pastas
  • Grains
  • Oats
  • Grease
  • Oils
  • Any fatty liquids
  • Glass
  • Bones
  • Medication
  • Seeds or fruit pits
  • Plant or flower clippings
  • Fibrous foods like banana peels, chicken skin, and artichokes
  • Clams or oyster shells
  • Corn husks

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Things You Can Safely Put In a Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposal blades are usually not angled, so they are not equipped to chop large or dense items such as the items on the list above. So, what is actually safe to throw down the garbage disposal:

  • Soft foods like applesauce or yogurt
  • Liquids
  • Small pieces of cooked foods
  • Ice cubes
  • Citrus peels

Run cold water while the garbage disposal is on to ensure the longevity of the blades. Many of the items you’d like to put down your garbage disposal can actually be thrown into compost. This is better for the environment! Additionally, be sure to read the manual for detailed instructions on how to care for and clean garbage disposal.

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