Garbage disposals are with no doubt a tremendous boon for every household. Therefore, no one can deny how useful and vulnerable are those modern garbage disposals in providing us with a very quick and sanitary way to get rid of our daily garbage disposal.
However, there are certain things are better off composted or thrown away as they might lead to clogged-drains and many other problems because of their simplicity or solid construction.
#1 – COFFEE GROUNDS
Many people believe that by putting down the coffee grounds into their garbage disposal will help them get rid of the stinky and bad smell.Let’s face it, this is nothing but a common folk remedy that you definitely need to debunk!
It’s true that the coffee grounds might be effective and help you reduce the bad odor, but it will surely lead to many other complicated problems, such as clogged drains, and of course, you don’t wanna end up with such a mess, right!
Just think about what used coffee grounds look like when they are removed from the filter in order to understand how it can choke your drain. The coffee grounds reduce into a dense, thick past that definitely doesn’t want to go into your drain lines!
Instead, you can use those coffee grounds to keep critters away from your home garden!
#2 – PASTA
Everyone knows that spaghetti expands in water, therefore, dropping it down at your garbage disposal and drain is definitely not a good idea! While a few scraps cleaned off of a plate won’t cause any harm, getting rid of an entire pasta casserole can certainly lead to clogging issues as the pasta will soak in water and will keep expanding!
However, in case something like this happened, let the water run for about 30 seconds in order to flush the pasta through the trap and then into the main line!
#3 – THE CHICKEN OR FISH BONES
The modern garbage disposals are undeniably vulnerable home features that are wonderful at grinding up and disposing of food waste. However, there are some items that are too hard or of a solid construction that those modern garbage disposals cannot handle, such as bones.
Again, if you accidentally drop one small chicken bone or fish bone in the disposal, you don’t need to worry as this won’t do any harm to your drain, but in case you drop down a rack of ribs and tried to grind them up, then be prepared to call a plumber soon and spend too much money on fixing the disaster you have created !
#4 – Medicine
Many people choose to get rid of the expired medications they have somewhere in their medicine cabinet by throwing them down the drain, which is really not a recommended thing to do! So, if you have the habit to get rid of old medications in such a way, you’d better stop as this may lead serious problems.
The chemicals can greatly impact the water quality near you, therefore, you’d better drop off the medications at your nearest pharmacy. This way, they can get rid of it with other medical waste.
#5 – NUTS
Stop and take a few moments to think before you ever decide to dump peanuts down your garbage disposal. In fact, when you do so, the peanuts turn into a mashed, sticky, and thick paste, which will in return cause a potential clog to your drain or cause you much pain and suffering when you try to clean it!
#6 – ONION SKINS
The problem is not the onion, but its skin. So, whether the onion is chopped or diced, it will surely cause no potential problems to your garbage disposal, but its most-outer thin layer can actually pass through the disposal and function as a cargo net on a pickup causing all the other items and holding them in place.
The wise thing to do is to dispose the thinnest outer layer in the trash or cut it up into pieces before you think about throwing it down in the disposal. Few seconds of work can save you many dollars and hours of work!
#7 – Fruit Pits
Some homeowners think that it’s totally okay to put fruits pits down the drain or the garbage disposal. But, the truth is that this is not okay! The fruit pits are incredibly hard and dense and can easily dent or even break your disposal blades.
Therefore, you will have no other choice but take a trip to buy a new disposal.In addition to fruit pits, avoid dumping the grape skins or avocado seeds down your drains.
#8 – POTATO PEELS
Potato peels are so much like the onion skin. They are thin enough to pass through the disposal and can even glue itself to the drain and that’s because potato peels do turn into glue when putting down the drain.
In the long term, potato peels can add up and turn into a starch that hardens and blocks your drain. This applies to garbage disposals as well!
#9 – CLEANING CHEMICAL PRODUCTS
All those cleaning chemical products such as the harsh drain busters and the industrial-grade cleaners are better avoided the maximum possible. These chemicals can cause a lot of damage to your garbage disposal as well as the drain line.
However, there is a better way to clean the blade, deodorize it, and break up any possible grease build-up on it by using ice cubes!
#10 – TRASH
We all know that trash is actually called a garbage disposal, but this doesn’t mean that you can throw anything and everything in it! There are some things or items that are better off.
If you are still not convinced, all you need to do is talk to a plumber or handyman, and you will be certainly shocked to hear about their daily sufferings and how many times they actually have to dig out paper towels, bags, candy wrappers and banana peels that definitely don’t or rather should not belong in the disposal.
Sign InForgot password?
Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.
Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.
To use social login you have to agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. %privacy_policy%Accept