One of the great things about garbage disposals is that they make it easier to get rid of smaller scraps of food waste without overloading your trash. While it’s a very convenient system in our kitchens, it’s important to know what food or items you shouldn’t put down your garbage disposal. This will prevent a clogged or damaged disposal. Below are some foods and items to completely avoid throwing down your garbage disposal.
A lot of people think that eggs shells can help garbage disposals because it sharpens the blades. However, the shells have a membrane that lines the walls of the shell which can get stuck on the impellers. This can make it harder to discard other items as the impellers have egg membrane on them.
Grese is a big no-no when it comes to putting things down garbage disposals. This is because when the oil starts to cool down in the drain, it can start to congeal, which will then harden on the sides of your pipes and drain. This, in turn, can cause huge clogs.
Pasta seems pretty harmless because it’s pretty soft, but because the pasta will expand when it’s in water, it will start to expand and make it harder for other items and food to go down the drain and disposal.
Things like soap are okay but drain cleaners can do a lot more damage to the garbage disposal. This is because of the chemicals in the cleaners; they can start to corrode the garbage disposals and drains after a while.