7 EASY TIPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL
Your garbage disposal is an excellent addition to any kitchen. It is intended to mash and grind up small food waste. When used correctly, a garbage disposal can keep your drains from clogging and having expensive problems. While the best way to keep your garbage disposal healthy is to avoid putting any food down it that it can’t handle, there are a few other things you can do to keep it working smoothly. Listed below are a few things that should never be placed in your garbage disposal.
- NON-FOOD ITEMS
When plates and utensils pile up, a fork or two can easily slip into your garbage disposal unit. Before starting your garbage disposal, clear out all the dishes in the sink, and check to make sure no non-food items have fallen inside.
Most garbage disposal systems can handle liquids. The problem with grease is that, when it cools down, it solidifies inside your drain and creates clogs. You should avoid putting oil
and fats in your disposal unit as well.
- FIBROUS FOODS
Celery, asparagus, artichokes, chard, kale, lettuce, potato peelings, and onion skins should all be kept out of your garbage disposal unit. These items can easily entangle the blades
causing it to jam.
- PASTA AND RICE
When uncooked pasta and rice are exposed to water, they expand. You can imagine what will happen if you dump a sizeable amount into your garbage disposal unit—you’ll have a backed up drain in no time.
- COFFEE GROUNDS
Coffee grounds are another disposer hazard because they tend to get caught in the drain trap.
- FRUIT PITS, SEEDS AND APPLE CORES
These items are far too solid for your garbage disposal unit to process. You will do better to toss them in the trash or use them to contribute to your compost heap.
The membrane on the inside of an eggshell can wrap around your garbage disposal unit’s blades, so do not put eggshells into the appliance. Like fruit pits, seeds, and apple cores, they are better added to the compost pile.