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Garbage Disposal

As eager first time home owners (my husband and I) googled “appliance care and maintenance” the day we closed on the home. We wanted to learn how to extend the life of all our appliances and keep them in good condition. I was surprised on how much I didn’t know; but most of all, I was shocked on what you should never put down your garbage disposal ….who would have thought!

I believed (because it’s called a “garbage disposal”) it meant you can put anything down the drain and it will take care of it. I was wrong. Garbage disposals will break down specific foods and dispose of them. But there is a list of foods you should never put down the drain because you do run the risk of damaging your garbage disposal. They are:

  • plastic
  • paper
  • asparagus
  • artichoke leaves
  • banana skins
  • celery
  • bones of any kind
  • coffee filters
  • cooked rice
  • corn
  • grease of any type
  • green onion tops
  • onion skins
  • potato peels
  • seafood shells
  • tea bags

Remember to have the water running into the disposal when you are disposing of food. Every other week or weekly (depends on how often you use your garbage disposal) pour some ice down the disposal and run the disposal for a couple of minutes. This will remove any food stuck on the teeth of the garbage disposal (NOTE: cover your ears …it’s loud & sounds terrible!). Do not forget to pour some lemon slices down the disposal once a month; this will freshen up the smell of your garbage disposal.

Be careful when putting fingers or hands down the disposal, and in fact, it would be a good idea to unplug the disposal when working on it. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your local plumber.

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