Use These Handy Tips And Never Throw These Items Into Your Garbage Disposal Unit.
You’ve decided to shrink your carbon footprint and have invested in a best selling garbage disposal. Thank you! In America alone there are 9.25 billion pounds of garbage dumped into the ocean every year. And that average increases drastically every year.
Fun fact: It’s this contribution to human pollution that has caused the average length of polar bears’ penises to shrink. YIKES! Just think how much more people would recycle if this was to happen to humans.
Now you might be thinking that your garbage disposal is your answer to waste reduction in your home. Considering on average a small family home produces 1,200 lbs of waste a year, the more we compost the better. Right?
Well, the answer is yes and no. We do want to compost as much as possible, however, there are some items better left to the landfill. Take a look at our list of items below that are better off in your trash and keep your garbage disposal working for you for the next 10-15 years.
Not all foods are created equal in the eyes of a garbage disposal.
The longer pasta, rice, and bread sit in water for, the more they expand. We’ve all seen it happen when we accidentally forgot the noodles boiling away on the stove, just to come back to it being a giant squish of a dish. Well, it is this expansion that causes huge risk of clogging in your drains.
While we could never live without coffee, your garburator can. Much like the aforementioned pasta, rice, and bread, coffee grounds are pretty much a few molecules away from being putty or glue. Once water is added to the grounds, they become dense and sticky, easily causing clogs near the trap of the garbage disposal.
Oats are another one of those foods that expand with water, and due to their smaller nature, they have less of a chance of being cut up into smaller pieces on the way down, becoming a clogging hazard near your trap.
Nuts are a double whammy of bad! Not only do they drastically dull your blades, but they also turn into nut butter in your drains, causing clogs. The worst part is, it isn’t an immediate reaction as it needs time to build up, therefore people often feel nuts are safe to throw down the garburator.
Fruits and vegetables comprised predominantly of fibers, such as pumpkin, rhubarb, and celery can easily get tangled in multiple aspects of your garburator causing hardship on your motor and clogs in your pipes.
Due to their flexibility, it is often found that potato peels can sneak their way down to the pipes, which in turn catch other items being disposed of.
Fun fact: Plumbers in the US see a 50% increase for services on garburators the day after big holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Greases, oils, and fats are one of the biggest no-nos for garburators. While they easily slide through the initial opening, they harden when cool causing the inner workings of your garburator to clog and break. Once they have solidified, you will find that removing them becomes increasingly more difficult.
Bones are bad for garburators for multiple reasons. Due to having hard composite, we often find that not only do they not get properly broken down - which causes clogs, they also increase the rate at which your blades dull.
Pits and seeds can easily dull your blades and even kill your motor. They just bounce around the disposal unit chipping, dulling, and denting everything on their way down.
Much like fibrous fruits and vegetables, corn husks cause serious issues by entwining themselves around the blades. They are also quite pliable, making it easy for them to pass right past the blades and collect in the pipes.
It is only the skins that are bad for your garburator due to their skin layer acting as a fishing net in your garbage disposal. Due to the thinner membrane and elasticity, onion skins and eggshells can easily bypass the blades and nest itself nicely in your pipes acting as a net for other items.
While dish soap is safe, it is best to avoid harsh chemicals such as paint thinners, industrial cleaners and items like Draino. These will slowly deteriorate your garbage disposal over time.
No inorganic material should ever be put down your garbage disposal. Not only is this incredibly bad for your garburator, but it will also do massive damage to your pipes