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8 Things You Can’t Put in the Disposal

Water Running into a Sink with a Pot Scrubber Lying In ItJust in case your Pleasant Garden rental home has a garbage disposal, you should know that it is one of the hardest-working appliances in the kitchen. Although that doesn’t really mean that it could understandably handle all types of “garbage.” Even though most garbage disposals handle a lot of food scraps with ease, there are a few things that you ought to never put in a garbage disposal. Doing so could most definitely damage the disposal’s motor, blades, and more. To evade expensive repairs and keep your garbage disposal working great, keep these items out of your kitchen sink.

  1. Coffee grounds. It would seem that those coffee grounds would just slip right down your kitchen pipes, except, they might build up in your pipes and create a nasty sludge. Making an effort to grind them up with the disposal won’t do your disposal blades any good, either.
  2.  Eggshells. Not every person acknowledges that eggshells should stay out of your garbage disposal, but they may create real annoyances. The shell’s thin membrane can get stuck around your disposal’s blades and could cause the whole thing to be broken. It’s good to just completely toss your eggshells in the trash instead.
  3. Fruit seeds and pits. Small, hard objects should never be put down your garbage disposal. Fruit seed and pits are one such example. In the instance that 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. Identical to 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. Getting them back out could be an absolute nightmare also.
  5. Bones and seafood shells. Very small bones and seafood shells can slip through the disposal without any issues at all, but really big ones can make a mess of your plumbing and your disposal unit, likewise. Most bones are too hard and dense for the disposal to break down. They will clog your pipes.
  6. Potato peels. It is inviting to simply wash your potato peels down the drain and let your disposal try to chew them up. But the thing is, potato peels are full of starch, which will cause them to clump together in a thick paste that could possibly clog your pipes. The same holds true for rice.
  7. Fibrous vegetables. Any type of vegetable that is stringy must be put far away from your garbage disposal. Celery, pumpkin, lettuce, artichokes, and asparagus can all get wrapped around your disposal’s blades. This could understandably give rise to expensive plumbing repairs.
  8. Nuts. In plenty of ways, your garbage disposal blades are a lot like a blender. Whatever 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 might stick to the walls of your pipes and the inside of your disposal, creating clogs and other sorts of nuisances.

More than these eight things, a nice guideline for really keeping your garbage disposal working properly is if you wouldn’t dump it down the drain, don’t put it in the disposal. By perceiving what you shouldn’t put in a garbage disposal, you can certainly avoid unnecessary maintenance calls and repairs. Your landlord will love you for it!

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