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8 Things You Can’t Put in the Disposal

Water Running into a Sink with a Pot Scrubber Lying In ItIf your Shelburne rental home has a garbage disposal, you know that it is one of the hardest-working appliances in the kitchen. But even if it works well, it doesn’t mean that it can handle all types of “garbage.” While most garbage disposals handle a lot of food scraps with ease, there are still certain items you should never put in a garbage disposal. Doing that would damage the disposal’s motor, blades, and more. To stop expensive repairs and keep your garbage disposal working great, keep these items out of your kitchen sink.

  1. Coffee grounds. It may appear that those coffee grounds would just slip right down your kitchen pipes, but in fact, they can build up in your pipes and create a nasty sludge. Attempting to grind them up with the disposal won’t do your disposal blades any good, at all.
  2. Eggshells. Not a lot of people believe that eggshells should stay out of your garbage disposal, but keep in mind that they can trigger some issues. The shell’s thin membrane can get stuck around your disposal’s blades and it allows the whole device to collapse. So it is safer to toss your eggshells in the trash
  3. Fruit seeds and pits. Small, hard objects should never be put down your garbage disposal. Fruit seeds and pits are one of those in this category. If you can’t cut the seeds or pit with a knife, your garbage disposal won’t be able to grind it up, as well.
  4. Popcorn kernels. Just like fruit seeds, popcorn kernels are too hard for your disposal blades to grind. Some kernels will get stuck in your disposal’s machinery and trigger the entire thing to seize up. Getting them back out can be a big problem, too.
  5. Bones and seafood shells. Very small bones and seafood shells could slip through the disposal without any difficulties, but the huge ones will make a mess of your plumbing and your disposal unit, too. Most bones are too hard and dense for the disposal to break down. They will clog your pipes.
  6. Potato peels. It is alluring to simply wash your potato peels down the drain and let your disposal try to chew them up. But potato peels are full of starch, which will cause them to clump together in a thick paste that can clog your pipes. The same holds true for rice.
  7. Fibrous vegetables. Any type of vegetable that is stringy should be taken away from your garbage disposal. Celery, pumpkin, lettuce, artichokes, and asparagus can all get wrapped around your disposal’s blades. This could lead to expensive plumbing repairs.
  8. Nuts. In some cases, your garbage disposal blades are a lot like a blender. Everything you place 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 as well as other kinds of trouble.

Like these eight things, a general rule for keeping your garbage disposal working properly is if you wouldn’t dump it down the drain, don’t put it in the disposal. In learning what you shouldn’t put in a garbage disposal, you can avoid unnecessary maintenance calls and repairs. Your landlord will love you for it!

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