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Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM
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If you're the proud owner of a garbage disposal, then you know how convenient it is -- it gets rid of excess kitchen scraps while reducing your amount of trash (not to mention, it's a cathartic way to end a long day -- just chuck something down and watch it go!). We'd like to think there's nothing a garbage disposal can't do, but that's not necessarily true -- case in point, have you ever accidentally dropped a spoon down there? Not a pretty sight. Yes, it has a powerful motor and blade, but there are certain things youshouldn't be putting down the disposal -- and we don't mean obvious things like utensils -- or your fingers!

Many vegetables are too stringy or fibrous to go down the disposal, getting caught in the motor and leading to a clogged drain -- you may be surprised which basic, everyday veggies you're not supposed to be throwing in the disposal. Also, certain starchy leftover foods should never go down the disposal because they can swell and clog the drain. We've got a few other food items you should think twice about, too ...

Browse through the slideshow below to learn about out all the foods you shouldn't be putting in your garbage disposal. And watch the video to learn an eco-friendly way to clean it!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/garbage-disposal_n_1311053.html

What have you accidentally put down your garbage disposal?




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by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM
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JHanc968
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Grease, Oil Or Fat

This should be pretty obvious. Grease, any oil or hot, liquid fat should not go down the garbage disposal let alone the drain. When the grease cools, it solidifies in the drain -- it's also not the most environmentally friendly way of throwing away grease (find out how todispose of grease properly here.)

MrsDianaB
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM
I learned the hard way not to put potato peelings in the disposal
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JHanc968
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Starchy Or Stringy Vegetables

Vegetables like celery, rhubarb, asparagus, artichokes, chard, kale, lettuce and even potato peels should not be put in the garbage disposal. These stringy, fibrous or starchy vegetables can easily wrap around the blade, clogging your drain (watch the video here to see how to fix a clogged garbage disposal).
besosfantasies
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM
I put everything down there lol..
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JHanc968
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Pasta

Pasta expands when in contact with water -- that's quite obvious when you cook it. In the garbage disposal it can continue to expand every time water goes down, ultimately clogging your drain over time. Or if it doesn't clog your drain, it will fill up the disposal trap.

amy7243
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM
We don't have one.
JHanc968
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Egg Shells

Egg shells should not be put in the garbage disposal because the thin membrane on the inside of the shell can wrap itself around the blade of the disposal. Instead choose to compost the egg shells (find out how to compost kitchen scraps here).

JHanc968
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Rice

Like pasta, rice expands with water. So putting it down the garbage disposal will inevitably clog your drain, filling up the disposal's trap more and more as water goes down.

JHanc968
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Coffee Grounds


Coffee grounds, though appearing to go down the drain just fine, actually can get stuck in the trap of your garbage disposal. It's best to throw out coffee grinds the old fashioned way or compost it.


Jukebox_Jenny
by Jenny on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM
I think I've done all of those. :-/
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