What Can and Cannot Go in a Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are a convenient appliance in any kitchen, but it's important to know what can and cannot go in them. Putting the wrong things in your garbage disposal can cause damage and clogs, leading to costly repairs.

In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about what can and cannot go in a garbage disposal.

What Can Go in a Garbage Disposal

  • Food scraps like vegetables, fruit, and meat
  • Small bones like chicken or fish bones
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Ice cubes to sharpen the blades

What Cannot Go in a Garbage Disposal

  • Grease, oil, and fat
  • Fibrous vegetables like celery and corn husks
  • Pasta and rice
  • Bones that are too large
  • Non-food items like plastic or metal

Tips for Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal

  • Run cold water while using the disposal
  • Keep the disposal clean with a mixture of ice cubes and vinegar
  • Avoid overloading the disposal with too much food at once
  • Use a drain strainer to catch any large food particles

It's important to note that even if something is listed as "safe" to go in a garbage disposal, it's still best to use caution and not overload the appliance. Additionally, if you're unsure about an item, it's better to err on the side of caution and dispose of it in the trash.

At Able Plumbing Inc., we offer garbage disposal services to ensure that your appliance is running smoothly and efficiently. Our team of experienced plumbers can help with repairs, maintenance, and installation of new garbage disposals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.