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8 Things You Can’t Put in the Disposal

Sink with a Garbage Disposal and a Wire Rack with a Scrub Brush Laying On It If, in fact, your Hewitt rental home has a garbage disposal, you must have noticed that it is one of the hardest-working appliances in the kitchen. Except that doesn’t imply that it can very well handle all types of “garbage.” Granting that most garbage disposals handle a lot of food scraps with ease, there are some common items that you must never put in a garbage disposal. Doing so could surely damage the disposal’s motor, blades, and more. To keep from expensive repairs and keep your garbage disposal working great, keep these items out of your kitchen sink.

  1. Coffee grounds. It may perhaps appear that those coffee grounds would just slip right down your kitchen pipes, but really, they most definitely build up in your pipes and create a nasty sludge. Making an attempt to grind them up with the disposal won’t do your disposal blades any good, either.
  2.  Eggshells. Not everyone recognizes that eggshells should stay out of your garbage disposal, keep in mind, it could lead to certain trouble. The shell’s thin membrane can get stuck around your disposal’s blades and cause the whole thing to be destroyed. It’s much better to just toss your eggshells in the trash preferably.
  3. Fruit seeds and pits. Small, hard objects should never be put down your garbage disposal. Fruit seeds and pits are such examples. 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. Very much like 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. Taking them back out can thus be a serious nightmare.
  5. Bones and seafood shells. Very small bones and seafood shells could slip through the disposal without notice, though those large ones could make a mess of your plumbing and your disposal unit. Most bones are too hard and dense for the disposal to break down. They will clog your pipes.
  6. Potato peels. It is so appealing, because it’s so easy, to simply wash your potato peels down the drain and let your disposal try to chew them up. Except potato peels are full of starch, which will cause them to clump together in a thick paste that certainly clogs your pipes. The same holds true for rice.
  7. Fibrous vegetables. Any type of vegetable that is stringy must be always kept far away from your garbage disposal. Celery, pumpkin, lettuce, artichokes, and asparagus can all get wrapped around your disposal’s blades. This may create expensive plumbing repairs.
  8. Nuts. In countless ways, your garbage disposal blades are a lot like a blender. Every little thing you put down there will get ground up. When you grind nuts, the end product is nut butter, which is sticky and not at all good for your disposal or your pipes. It could most definitely stick to the walls of your pipes and the inside of your disposal, creating clogs and other kinds of problems.

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

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