Garbage Disposal Tips

Posted by Jessica Zoldowski on 7/25/2018 to Appliance Maintenance



Thinking about getting a garbage disposal? Great! Having a garbage disposal is a great thing to have, therefore, you don’t want to use it wrong. Below are a few tips in keeping the garbage disposal clean and working so it can make your life easier.


A good reason why people should have garbage disposals is because it makes cleaning the dishes easier. Who has time to clean dishes nowadays or who even wants to clean the dishes? With the garbage disposal, cleaning the dishes won’t seem so taxing. Another good reason is it keeps the pipes clear. No big food means no clogged pipes, which can be frustrating trying to clean. Also, with the garbage disposal, the step to the garbage can can be skipped; therefore, making the floor less crumbless than before.


Although using a garbage disposal is fairly simple, it’s important to use it correctly. Garbage disposals usually last eight to ten years, and if kept maintained correctly it can last even longer. There are food items which should and should not go down the garbage disposal. The items that can be put down the disposal is:

  • Small food particles

  • Small eggshells

  • Small chicken and fish bones

  • Vegetable Scraps

  • Small coffee grounds

Pretty self explanatory. Now pay attention to the cannots because these are the items that will make the garbage disposal last longer or not. The garbage disposal should not:

  • Seafood

  • Large Bones

  • Pasta or Rice

  • Grease- probably the most important one to understand

  • Metals-it’s shocking how much silverware and bottle caps can slide in without noticing.


Do not put these items down the garbage disposal. This can impact the longevity of the appliance.


If the garbage disposal ends up smelling a little bit, putting small pieces of lemon can help with the smell, just don’t put too much in there.


Follow these few steps and the garbage disposal will last and make life much easier.


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