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8 Things You Can’t Put in the Disposal

Sink with a Garbage Disposal and a Wire Rack with a Scrub Brush Laying On ItOn the off chance that your Davenport rental home has a garbage disposal, you must know that it is one of the hardest-working appliances in the kitchen. Yet, that doesn’t mean that it can handle all types of “garbage.” Even though most garbage disposals handle a lot of food scraps with ease, there are some items that you must never put in a garbage disposal. Doing so could damage the disposal’s motor, blades, and more. To avoid expensive repairs and keep your garbage disposal working great, keep these items out of your kitchen sink.

  1. Coffee grounds. It may seem like those coffee grounds would just slip right down your kitchen pipes, but in reality, they can build up in your pipes and create a nasty sludge. Trying to grind them up with the disposal won’t do your disposal blades any good, either.
  2. Eggshells. Not everyone buys that eggshells should stay out of your garbage disposal, but they can produce real difficulties. The shell’s thin membrane can get stuck around your disposal’s blades and cause the whole thing to break down. It’s better just 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 seeds and pits are surely in this category. If 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. The same with fruit seeds, popcorn kernels are too hard for your disposal blades to grind. The kernels will get stuck in your disposal’s machinery and prompt the whole thing to seize up. Getting them back out can be a real bummer, too.
  5. Bones and seafood shells. Very small bones and seafood shells might slip through the disposal without too many problems, but bigger ones will make a mess of your plumbing and your disposal unit, too. Most bones are too hard and dense for the disposal to break down. They will clog your pipes.
  6. Potato peels. It is tempting to simply wash your potato peels down the drain and let your disposal try to chew them up. But potato peels are full of starch, which will cause them to clump together in a thick paste that can clog your pipes. The same holds true for rice.
  7. Fibrous vegetables. Any type of vegetable that is stringy should be stored away from your garbage disposal. Celery, pumpkin, lettuce, artichokes, and asparagus can all get wrapped around your disposal’s blades. This can result in expensive plumbing repairs.
  8. Nuts. In some ways, your garbage disposal blades are a lot like a blender. Anything 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 can stick to the walls of your pipes and the inside of your disposal, creating clogs and other types of difficulties.

Beyond these eight items, a good rule of thumb 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 knowing what you shouldn’t put in a garbage disposal, you can avoid unnecessary maintenance calls and repairs. Your landlord will love you for it!

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