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Do’s and Don’ts for Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals offer ease and convenience with cleaning up and getting rid of waste in your kitchen. Some things, however, should not be put down a disposal since they can cause clogs and damage. Here is a brief list of material that can and can’t be sent through the typical home garbage disposal.

Do Put This in the Disposal

  • Cooked meat scraps: Cooked meat scraps are soft enough to be fine in a disposal as long as they aren’t too large.
  • Coffee grounds: Coffee grounds in small amounts should not cause a disposal problem.
  • Small bones and eggshells: Small bones and eggshells that are easily broken up can be fine in a disposal.
  • Most types of fruit and vegetable scraps: Nonfibrous fruit and vegetable scraps can usually be taken care of by a disposal.
  • Citrus rinds: Rinds from citrus fruits such as oranges are fine, and help clean and deodorize the disposal.

Don’t Put This in the Disposal

  • Large bones: Big bones or bone fragments are much too hard for a household garbage disposal to break up.
  • Tough rinds or vegetable waste: Watermelon rinds are too tough for a garbage disposal to break down. Also avoid putting in artichoke leaves and similar matter.
  • Fibrous material or vegetable waste: Material such as corn husks, banana peels, celery, and onion skins are very fibrous. As the garbage disposal works on these items, it can break apart the fibers and allow them to get tangled around the disposal blades.
  • Grease: Grease may flow easily down the disposal, but over time it can accumulate and coagulate, creating an unpleasant and hard-to-remove clog.
  • Foods that expand in water: Pasta and rice get larger as they absorb water. These items can expand in the disposal and cause a clog.
  • Combustible items: Never put cigarette butts, fuels, paper, or anything combustible in your garbage disposal.

Beyer Boys serves customers throughout San Antonio and the neighboring communities with professional heating, cooling, and plumbing services. Contact us today for more information on maintaining your garbage disposal and what should and should not be put into this kitchen appliance.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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