Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal’s role in the kitchen is an important one – chopping and whirring away all those pesky scraps that are too big to flow through your plumbing or that you don’t want to put in the trash.

Introduced to the residential market in 1940, it originally was developed in response to regulations prohibiting food waste in municipal water systems. Thanks to manufacturer, InSinkErator, many of these regulations were rescinded.

But as long as garbage disposals have been around, very few people know exactly what is and what is not safe to place in one.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts

  • fats, oils or cooking grease
  • coffee grinds
  • potato peels
  • egg shells
  • produce stickers – remove stickers before placing in garbage disposal
  • chunks of garbage

Garbage disposals chop food waste into approximately 2mm pieces. This helps ensure no large pieces will clog your plumbing. Be sure to always run water whenever you do run your garbage disposal, otherwise there’s no real momentum flowing through your plumbing to wash those small bits away.

Another good tip to consider: Run cold water with the garbage disposal for about 30 seconds before you start the dishwasher. This prevents food scraps that may be left in the drain from backing up and flowing into the dishwasher, or worse yet, blocking pipes.

Garbage disposals are a terrific convenience for the modern homeowner, but they are a fickle friend. Knowing what they can and can’t process is vital to keep them running properly and doing their job for your kitchen.

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