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8 Things You Can’t Put in the Disposal

Water Running into a Sink with a Pot Scrubber Lying In ItIn case that your Johnson County rental home has a garbage disposal, you know very well that it is among the hardest-working appliances in the kitchen. Though that doesn’t imply that it can surely handle all types of “garbage.” Although most garbage disposals handle a lot of food scraps with ease, there are several things that you must never put in a garbage disposal. Doing so could most certainly damage the disposal’s motor, blades, and more. To prevent expensive repairs and keep your garbage disposal working great, keep these items out of your kitchen sink.

  1. Coffee grounds. It may look like those coffee grounds would just slip right down your kitchen pipes, yet in actuality, they could build up in your pipes and create a nasty sludge. Attempting to grind them up with the disposal won’t do your disposal blades any good, either.
  2.  Eggshells. Not everybody agrees that eggshells should stay out of your garbage disposal, however, they can bring about actual issues and problems. The shell’s thin membrane can get stuck around your disposal’s blades and lead to the whole thing getting damaged. It’s best to toss your eggshells in the trash instead.
  3. Fruit seeds and pits. Small, hard objects should never be put down your garbage disposal. Fruit seed and pits are of this sort. When you can’t cut the seeds or pit with a knife, your garbage disposal won’t be able to grind it up, either.
  4. Popcorn kernels. Akin to fruit seeds, popcorn kernels are too hard for your disposal blades to grind. Those kernels will get stuck in your disposal’s machinery and could cause the whole thing to seize up. Retrieving them back out may be a nightmare as well.
  5. Bones and seafood shells. Very small bones and seafood shells can slip through the disposal without issue, but, bigger ones can make a mess of your plumbing and your disposal unit, as well. Most bones are too hard and dense for the disposal to break down. They will clog your pipes.
  6. Potato peels. It is enticing to simply wash your potato peels down the drain and let your disposal try to chew them up. But, really, potato peels are full of starch, which will cause them to clump together in a thick paste that may clog your pipes. The same holds true for rice.
  7. Fibrous vegetables. Any type of vegetable that is stringy has to be kept far away from your garbage disposal. Celery, pumpkin, lettuce, artichokes, and asparagus can all get wrapped around your disposal’s blades. This could surely result in expensive plumbing repairs.
  8. Nuts. In quite a lot of ways, your garbage disposal blades are a lot like a blender. Everything you put down there will get ground up. When you grind nuts, the end product is nut butter, which is sticky and not at all good for your disposal or your pipes. It certainly can stick to the walls of your pipes and the inside of your disposal, creating clogs and other kinds of issues and problems.

Over and beyond these eight details, a great general rule for keeping your garbage disposal working properly is if you wouldn’t dump it down the drain, don’t put it in the disposal. By comprehending what you shouldn’t put in a garbage disposal, you could surely avoid unnecessary maintenance calls and repairs. Your landlord will love you for it!

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