Garbage Disposals

“Out of sight, out of mind.” That seems to be the motto for many an American with a garbage disposal. Disposals are all well and good on their own, but once someone tries to force an entire chicken breast down the disposal it’s just downhill from there. Common sense needs to be used when deciding what to put down the disposal. That being said, here’s a list of some of the more common items that you should actually avoid putting into the disposal:

Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

If you’re the proud owner of a garbage disposal, then you know how convenient it is — it gets rid of excess kitchen scraps while reducing your amount of trash (not to mention, it’s a cathartic way to end a long day — just chuck something down and watch it go!). …

As with any appliance, a disposal will last much longer if properly maintained and cared for. Only running it with a stream of water and cleaning it regularly can work wonders. Read below for further tips:

How to Maintain a Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal, also known as waste disposal unit or garburator, is a device underneath a sink that shreds food waste so that it can pass through plumbing. A garbage disposal is a great way to keep the smells of old garbage out of your garbage cans and kitchen. …

Garbage disposal

Of course, no matter how careful you are at some point or another there’s bound to be a problem. Some more common problems are pretty easily fixed on your own:

More About Fixing Garbage Disposal Problems

Of course the biggest problem you’ll encounter with your disposal is clogs. Here are a few tips and tricks for taking care of them. Most garbage disposals come with an Allen wrench to help clear them when clogged or jammed. If yours didn’t, or you’ve misplaced it, most Allen wrenches will work. …

If your attempts to fix the problem are unsuccessful, it’s time to call in your local plumbing expert – before you break anything. And if you know you’re not handy with tools, that might be the best decision in the first place.


Rachel is a graduate from Grove City College, where she studied Communications, English, and Theatre. She currently has a plethora of unrelated jobs, of which blogging from the comfort of her bedroom is one.

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