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What to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal

Sometimes, we use our garbage disposals as though they are trash cans, capable of taking on any amount of waste. Unfortunately, this isn’t true, and if you want your garbage disposal to have a long life with minimal complications, it’s best that you treat it with respect. Keep these items in mind the next time you go to toss them down the kitchen sink.


This one is a little frustrating. It can be difficult to dispose of grease, oils, and melted fats because they can’t go directly into your trash can. But pouring them down your kitchen sink can have an even worse impact than just throwing it away. As the grease cools down, it hardens sometimes blocking the entirety of the drain. To keep this from happening, you’re better off pouring the melted grease into a plastic water bottle or cup and then throwing it into your garbage can.

Fibrous Foods

These items can include things like:

  • Eggshells

  • Celery stalks

  • Corn husks

  • Onion skins

While they might seem harmless, fibrous foods can get wrapped around the blades of your garbage disposal and create a clog after a while. They can even get tangled in other food items causing even more frustrating clogs.

Coffee Grounds

While coffee grounds might actually make your garbage disposal smell better it’s best to keep them away from your drains. The grains have a tendency to accumulate in the curves and bends of the garbage disposal and pipes and will eventually cause clogs.

Have you been experiencing problems with your garbage disposal? If so, call your local plumber and make sure to avoid putting these kinds of items down your garbage disposal. While it might seem convenient at the time, it is sure to lead to a headache down the road.