Often people forget that the kitchen disposal is not a trash can. Garbage disposals are designed to grind small bits of biodegradable food waste to help prevent clogged drains, not large and course materials that should be put in the trash or recycle. Using the disposal correctly will not only extend the life of your garbage disposal, but it will also save money on expensive repairs.
Let’s take a look at what is and is not acceptable to use your garbage disposal to dispose of.
Small amounts of skinless, boneless, pit-less, and non-fibrous foods are safe. If it is safe for a baby to eat, then it is safe for the garbage disposal.
When you are using your garbage disposal, it is imperative that cold water is running into the disposal at all times. It’s also considered best practice to leave the water running for approximately 30 seconds after the disposal has been shut off.
Shells, skins, husks, rinds and other hard or fibrous materials should not go in the disposal. Large amounts of starchy foods expand in water and can lead to clogged drains.
Also, avoid putting anything that is not food through the disposal as this can cause damage to the disposal and you.
Citrus peels can be thrown into the mix to help clean and freshen things up; little pieces of ice have also been proven to help remove any leftover gunk and eliminate odors.
Always be sure to consult your user’s manual for recommendations about your model before using the disposal.