If you have a garbage disposal, you know how easy they can make kitchen cleanup. Instead of using a stopper to collect food particles and then trying not to gag when you pick it up to dump the food in the trash, food particles can just be ground in the disposal. Garbage disposals are a huge help when it comes to cleaning the kitchen. And I’m a fan of using every single kitchen cleaning tip possible! However, there are at least 7 foods that should never go in the garbage disposal.
7 Foods That Should Never Go In the Garbage Disposal
1. Fat or Grease
Fat and grease should never be put down the garbage disposal. Actually it shouldn’t be poured down any drainpipe. When melted fat or grease is poured down a drain, it eventually cools. And I’m sure you know what that means…it hardens…inside the drain!
Unless you want grease to fill up and eventually clog your drain, it’s best to pour that liquid in an old jar or can and let it cool before tossing it in the trash.
2. Bones or Large Pits
I can’t imagine anyone putting bones in the garbage disposal but apparently it happens. The same is true for large seeds or pits…like a peach pit. They’re extremely dense and take too long to grind up. Plus, neither of these are scraps, which is what I tend to think a garbage disposal should be used for.
3. Onion Skins
Onion skins can easily stick to the sides of the disposal and wrap around the shredder ring this causing major problems down the road.
4. Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds may not necessarily harm the disposal itself, but they apparently accumulate in drains and can cause clogs.
5. Fibrous Fruits and Vegetables
Asparagus, celery, corn husks and the like have long stringy fibers that make up the veggie. When the blade works to chop, it’s likely that the strings won’t be cut and they’ll actually wrap around the disposal.
6. Egg Shells
Not everyone agrees that egg shells shouldn’t go in the garbage disposal. But, there seems to be two arguments for why you should dispose of them another way.
1. Egg shell membranes can stick to the sides of the garbage disposal and wrap around the shredder ring causing damage.
2. Egg shells can’t be eaten by bacteria in a septic tank. So, if you have a septic, cross egg shells of the list to shred!
7. Anything in Large Quantity
Once upon a time I was at a home where we were peeling potatoes by the sink. Not thinking, we just pushed the scraps into the sink and garbage disposal. We turned on the garbage disposal, it bam…it broke. Both sides of the sinks were stopped up and it was a big mess to get everything in working order again. Take it from me…don’t insert large quantities of food into a garbage disposal.
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Disposals are great for little scraps of food but I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t be used as a trash can!
Would you add anything else to the list?