The life of a garbage disposal can vary, but one way to help ensure yours lasts longer is through proper use. It's important to know what not to put in a garbage disposal. Your kitchen sink is a cornerstone of the home, and the disposal is part of what makes it so useful and convenient. You can prolong the life of this essential appliance by following a few guidelines.
Here is a fairly comprehensive list of things you should not put down a disposal:
Check out this helpful infographic by InSinkErator:
No! This may seem like an odd question, but it is confusing to people because garbage disposal is a misnomer. Maybe they should change the name to food waste disposal to avoid the mix-up. Do not put trash in the garbage disposal.
If you've accidentally broken a tumbler (it happens) in the sink, you may end with glass in the garbage disposal by accident. What do you do in this instance? Whatever you do, don't reach your hand in and start grabbing at stuff.
As a general rule of thumb, you can put most food scraps (meat, fruit, vegetables) down a garbage disposal. Review the list above to see the exceptions to that rule. Remember, they need to be scraps of food. It's not a good idea to throw large pieces of food in there. Put those in the trash.
Here is a helpful Howcast video that goes into more detail on the topic.
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