garbage disposal best tips
Here, you will find the best garbage disposal tips, mainly items to avoid throwing in to prevent problems. This will show and explain why NOT putting in certain things will keep your garbage disposal working great. These tips will also help you prevent clogs or blocks. Finally, I will show you how to manage without mess and hassle. I will show you a tool you can use to help improve the circular economy process and be greener.

Your garbage disposal is not working.

Knowledge and thinking can keep your sink trash compactor running at its best. It will help you avoid weekly cleaning and need a cleaning every few months.

Everyday things that stop garbage disposal from working

Coffee grounds
NutsOnion skins
EggshellsPaper towels & candy wrappers
Pumpkin, banana peels & fibrous vegetablesAnimal skin
AvocadosCorn husks
Seafood shellsStalky vegetables like celery
Latex & oil paintChemical cleaners & drain openers

Are Coffee grounds insufficient for garbage disposal?

Garbage disposal home hacks and tipsCoffee grounds put into a garbage disposal to reduce odors cause serious problems. Coffee grounds turn into a dense, packed, pasty one. Any gunk will block your drain lines. Leave the coffee grounds out of the disposal. Instead, use them to keep critters out of your garden or put them in your green bin or trash can.

Can Pasta damage my garbage disposal?

Spaghetti or mac and cheese pasta expands when soaked in water. Drop Pasta into your disposal, drain it where it will soak in water, and keep growing. Table & plate scraps won’t hurt, but an entire pasta casserole will likely clog the disposal.

Can I put meat & chicken bones in my garbage disposal?

Don’t panic; a chicken wing or fishbone in the disposal is no hassle. Garbage disposals are powerful & can handle grinding up the occasional small bone. But if you try to grind a rack of ribs down your sink, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

Can oatmeal clog drain pipes? 

Like Pasta, oatmeal is another expansion threat. Uncooked oats slip through the disposal untouched, only to collect and expand. When oatmeal expands, it catches other pieces and, over time, causes a block. Never throwing oatmeal in is one of the best tips to keep the garbage disposal working well.


Why you should never throw nuts down the sink

Dumping peanuts down your garbage disposal can stop it from working well. Peanuts get dumped into a grinder, they get spun and mashed into a thick sticky paste. Garbage disposals are another version of a nut grinder. Limiting nuts from entering the disposal prevents gunk buildup & a simple solution. Peanut butter works on sandwiches and mousetraps. Disposals with peanut butter are a pain to clean and a potential drain clog.

How do onion skins cause garbage disposal problems?

fruits, vegatables in garbage disposal sinkChopped, diced, or chunky onions, waste shouldn’t be a problem for your disposal in moderation. But, the thin membrane below the dry outermost layer of onion skins does cause an issue. Remove this thin, wet layer before chopping the onion and throw it into the disposal. This light layer can pass through the removal, missing the blades and wedged in the grinder. The onion skins act like web & pickup, catching and holding items in place. To avoid this problem, drop the outer layer in the trash or cut it up before it is disposed of. A few seconds can save you hours of work or a visit from a plumber.

Can I throw eggshells in a garbage disposal?

Some say to drop eggshells into the garbage disposal to sharpen the blades. Where this theory started is hard to say. Stop and think: When was the last time you’ve seen or heard anyone sharpening knives with a carton of eggs? Eggshells cannot damage the blades, but like onions, they have a thin membrane that can block drains. It’s better to toss eggshells in the trash, crush them, and sprinkle them in your garden.

Paper towels & candy wrappers?

Paper turns into pulp, and wrappers have a plastic film that sticks together, creating clogs. Ask any plumber or handyman about paper towels and wrappers and how often they must dig them out. Garbage disposals used as trash compactors end up getting replaced often. It’s better to throw paper towels in the green bin and wrappers in the trash or recycling. Follow the local sorting rules.

Pumpkin, banana peels, and fibrous vegetables

You know about the long strands if you’ve ever scooped out pumpkins for Halloween. These fibrous strands easily get caught on your hand and scooper. Even stepping on a banana peel is still intact. These fibers turn into a sticky mess, like hair does in a bathroom drain. Avoid getting them into the disposal. The green or organic cart or trash can is best for pumpkin guts, banana peels, and fibrous vegetables.

Are veggies like celery & potato skins foul for garbage disposal?

rice and fibrous vegetables in garbage disposal problemsThrow long stalks in the trash rather than the garbage disposal. Stringy fibers hold onto moving parts and cause clogging. Chopped small pieces do not cause a problem. Potato peels are thin & slip past the blades. They can catch in the drain and cause the same issue as the mango skins.

Can garbage disposal break down avocado skins & pits?

Avocados have hard, dense pits in their centers. If you cannot chop them with a knife, they won’t grind up in the disposal. Machines can break them down once or twice, and it won’t be long before you need to buy a new garbage disposal. Making a habit of dropping hard items in the removal won’t kill the motor. Instead, you’ll end up with a machine that isn’t disposing of waste properly. Soon, frustration with it will make you replace it.

Can you use cleaning chemicals in a garbage disposal?

Dish soap or regular cleaners are acceptable for everyday use. The chemicals we should avoid are harsh drain busters and industrial-grade cleaners. The powerful chemicals can put excessive wear on your disposal. Powders and granules that need hot water to activate is an example. These chemicals release a pungent gas, too. Always use them as directed, and never dispose of them in your garbage.

Can you put latex or oil paint down a sink?

Never pour paint down the drain. Paint can cling to the side of the disposal wall or sit on pipes where it will cure and harden into a clog. A little color from watercolors is ok when diluted & won’t be an issue. Always clean oil, paint brushes, and rollers as directed. Only use the appropriate containers and solvents.

Can you throw corn husks in?

Husking corn creates a large amount of waste. Husks should go in the compost pile or organic bin rather than the garbage disposal. The fine threads of corn silk create a clog, even in the best disposal systems.

Can I put seafood shells into the garbage disposal?

seafood shells in garbage disposalIt’s a good idea to toss shells straight into a bag and not into the garbage disposal. Shells from crab, lobster, shrimp, and oysters cause blockages in garbage disposal systems. These shells are too dense to grind up well, while some slip through, like shrimp, and can catch in the drain.
Drop shells in the trash, preferably a small trash bag, so you can remove them from the kitchen and lock the smell inside. It’s a better practice than cleaning the whole kitchen to eliminate a foul odor.

Best garbage disposal tips: 1

Follow and avoid problematic items and foods to avoid blockages

Best garbage disposal tips 2

Clean out your garbage disposal unit every three months. Each team is different but simple to clean. A three-month cycle prevents a simple rinse and clean from becoming nasty.

Best garbage disposal tips 3

BagEZ garbage bag holder large black bagYou have a disposal unit to make life easier, and that’s the truth. Many items that will clog your garbage disposal will also cause a stink. We suggest that BagEZ garbage bag holders secure a bag in your garage, outdoor trash can, or green bin to prevent creating a mess. After all, why does waste management have to be messy?

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