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What Can I Put Down the Garbage Disposal

What Can I Put Down the Garbage Disposal

You may be tempted to put lots of food waste and other items down the garbage disposal — it has a lot of power and can probably grind up most of what you can conjure up. However, not everything is suited for the garbage disposal.

Appropriate Items for the Garbage Disposal

  • Fruit scraps. From apple cores to berries, the waste leftover from most fruit is appropriate.
  • Vegetable scraps. Most vegetable scraps are safe to put down the disposal but anything that has too much fiber shouldn’t be (see below).
  • Cooked meat scraps. If it’s been cooked and is in very small chunks, it’s generally safe. Avoid pieces that are large or in excessive amounts.
  • Coffee grounds. While often debated, a small amount of coffee grounds down your disposal is okay. However, too much of it can collect and cause damage over time. 
  • Eggshells. Eggshells are okay in small amounts.

What Not to Put Down the Garbage Disposal

  • Grease and oil. Grease will cool, solidify, and clog up your pipes. If you absolutely must, use cold water so the disposal blades can break down the hardened grease. However, it’s best to avoid this item going down the drain in the first place.
  • Fibrous vegetables and fruit matter. Things like banana peels, onion skins, potato peels, celery, and artichokes are just some items that are too fibrous for your disposal blades. 
  • Pasta and Rice. These items will break down and swell in your pipes, clogging your drain. 
  • Seafood shells. Any kind of shell is bad for your disposal, they’re tough, difficult to break down, and can clog up your drain. 

Help for Your Garbage Disposal Issues

If your disposal is causing you distress, contact the experts today at Plumb Doctor. We can check out your disposal and get you back on track in no time.