Do you feel conflicted about what you can and cannot put down the garbage disposal? If so, join the club! Lots of people have uncertainties about the “proper way” to use garbage disposals and what they can and cannot handle or what should or should not be put down them. Read on to get some clarity on the topic!
For starters, you do NOT want to use chemicals in the garbage disposal. So, do NOT pour bleach, chemical cleaners, or harsh chemical drain cleaners in garbage disposals. Why? Because they are corrosive and they are not good for plumbing pipes.
The Jury is Out: No Eggshells!
To put eggshells down the disposal or not to put them down the disposal? That is the question that so many people ask. Please don’t put eggshells down the garbage disposal! The issue is the egg shell’s membrane. It can get wrapped around the disposal’s impellers (it doesn’t have blades as people tend to think) and cause damage.
Use Cold Water Instead of Hot
You may be tempted to use hot water when using the garbage disposal thinking it will “melt” away any food that is down there, but that’s a bad idea. While hot water does dissolve things like grease, it does more harm than good when it comes to your pipes.
Hot water can push the grease further down into the pipes where it can form a clog. Meanwhile, cold water helps solidify grease so it can move down the drain more easily.
Don’t put the following down the garbage disposal:
- Potato peels
- Carrot peels
- Rice (expands in water and can clog)
- Pasta (expands in water and can clog)
- Celery (stringy)
- Asparagus (stringy and hard to grind up)
- Coffee grinds
- Corn cobbs
- Fruit pits
- Banana peels
- Popcorn kernels
Essentially, the trick is to avoid putting anything that is greasy, stringy or hard to chew down the garbage disposal. That said, we hope you found this information useful. If you find yourself needing help with a garbage disposal or clogged kitchen sink drain, contact Winters Home Services for the professional help you need!