Here are 11 things you should never put down the garbage disposal
- Oil, Grease, Fat – This one is pretty obvious, as these substances can solidify in pipes and quickly cause a blockage or backup. Read our previous blog post on cool tips on better ways to dispose of oil, grease, and fat.
- Stringy Vegetables and Peels – vegetables such as celery, asparagus, and even banana and potato peels should not be put down the garbage disposal because of their stringy nature. Imagine a boat propeller when it comes across a rope floating in the water. The same thing happens with these vegetables and the spinning blades of the garbage disposal.
- Pasta & Rice – Any starchy food like pasta and rice will expand with water, increasing the chances of blockages. Plus, the starch can quickly glue itself to the blades and jam them up.
- Egg Shells – The reason you should not put egg shells down the drain is not because of the shell itself, but because of the membrane within the shell that will quickly wrap itself around the blades.
- Coffee Grounds – Coffee grounds will act similar to pasta and rice, wherein they can stick to the inside of the pipes, causing a lot more friction and potential for clogs.
- Fruit Pits & Seeds – These are actually very hard materials, and can damage the blades. Nature is tougher than we think!
- Bones & Shellfish Shells – Such as the above, these are hard materials that can damage the garbage disposal blades.