What You should and shouldn't Put Down a Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal, almost everyone agrees, is a wonderful time saving convenience. It’s important to keep in mind that while there are food items that are safe to put in your disposal, there are also those foods which which should not be put in it. If you are concerned about keeping your disposal in good condition you should also remember that when using your disposal to grind up food items, you should always use cold water to flush the chopped bits of food down the drain. Let the cold water run until all you hear is a slight purring sound from the disposal. Failure to run the water long enough can cause starchy food to create a sludge that can eventually clog the disposal.

The Following Items are Safe to Put in Your Disposal

  • Coffee grounds
  • Bread
  • Boneless meat
  • Vegetables that are not fibrous or stringy
  • Other small scraps of food off your dishes
  • Citrus fruits and their skins (These are actually good to grind in your disposal and they make your disposal smell good

Items You Should Avoid Putting into Your Disposal

  • Fibrous or stringy vegetables: (celery, asparagus, corn husks, and potato skins)
  • pits from fruit such as peaches, apricots, plums, etc.
  • Bones
  • Grease
  • Pasta

Pasta can leave a starchy residue that can clog the disposal and the drain.