How You Should Treat Garbage Disposer
So, you’re thinking about getting a garbage disposer, or you just moved into a home with a garbage disposer. Maybe you’ve had one in your house your whole life, or maybe this is a first-time experience. Either way, we have a few tips (or gentle reminders) about how to treat your garbage disposer and a handy do’s and don’ts list for what can go in your disposer.
Pros of a Garbage Disposer
Cons of a Garbage Disposal
How to Use a Garbage Disposer
- Very small food particles, like breadcrumbs.
- Small pieces of eggshell
- Small chicken and fish bones
- Small amounts of coffee grounds
- Select vegetable scraps
- The key here is to only put small items down the sink. A garbage disposer is NOT equipped to deal with huge pieces of anything, and even some smaller scraps are bad for a disposal.
- Anything whole
- Large bones
- Grease (I can’t stress this enough. It’s so bad for your pipes. Maybe even worse for your pipes than for your arteries.)
- Fruit and vegetable skins—they are usually too fibrous or starchy or get tangled in the blades.
- Seafood (Why waste such good food anyway?)
- Coffee beans
- Metal (You’d be surprised how many bottle caps, and the occasional spoon, slip down when you aren’t looking.)
- Pieces of lemon/citrus peels (some people do it for a fresh scent, but too much is a bad thing)
- Too many coffee grounds are also bad, even if it improves the smell