What Can I Put in the Garbage Disposal?

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What Can I Put in the Garbage Disposal?

Category : Plumbing Problems

Garbage disposals like to eat just about anything you throw in them. Before they were invented, home and business owners had no choice but to toss their scraps and uneaten food in the trash. This led to a stinky problem. In a short time, garbage begins to smell as food decomposes. Unneeded food also takes up space in a trash can.

Now, we don’t have to worry about overflowing and smelly garbage cans. That’s because most food can simply be ground up in a garbage disposal. It is a big help in the kitchen. But if it breaks, you’re back to square one – smelly, rotting food in your garbage.

Somethings are bad for your disposal and can actually cause it to break, but other food is good. In fact, certain types of food prolong the life of your sink disposal and clean it. For instance, citrus rinds clean your disposal and keep it smelling fresh. The same is true for coffee grounds. Due to its consistency, it acts as an abrasive agent to scour the inside of the disposal. Some of the foods you can put in your kitchen disposal include:

  • Egg Shells
  • Cooked Meat Scraps
  • Small Bones
  • Fruit Scraps
  • Most Vegetable Scraps
  • Cereal

What I Should NOT Put in the Kitchen Disposal

For garbage disposal repair, our plumbing company is at your service. The problem usually involves blades that are stuck. This is an easy fix. Underneath most disposals or on the side of them is a hole where you can insert a hex screw driver. It simply needs to be turned a few times. Doing so will move the blades and dislodge the blockage. However, if that doesn’t work and nothing else can be ruled out, you’ll probably have a broken garbage disposal. There are several things you should NOT put in your sink disposal. They include:

  • Fruit Pits
  • Shrimp Shells
  • Banana Peels
  • Large Bones
  • Nuts
  • Grease
  • Onion Skins
  • Potato Peels
  • Corn Husks
  • Artichokes
  • Pasta
  • Rice