What Not To Throw Down Your Garbage Disposal

Posted on: August 16, 2017

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Ah, the handy garbage disposal! It’s one of the best ways to dispose of kitchen waste and keep out unwanted odors from your home. But if not treated with care, clogs and breakdowns can occur, so to keep your disposal running at its best, you have to be aware of these garbage disposal no-no:


Grease or any hot oil should never be disposed of down the drain or garbage disposal. The reason — it can leave you with a serious clog! Over time, the grease or oil hardens in your pipes and builds up leaving you with an expensive plumbing repair. To avoid this, dispose of all grease and cooking fats in your garbage can.

Pasta and Rice

Pasta and rice do not break down with water and instead swell making them a dangerous mix for use with disposals. So no matter the size of the grain, keep them away from the drain. They will gather and swell leaving you with a clog.


Many people believe that egg shells can help sharpen the blades of your egg shells; this is false. In reality, they build up in your pipes. So though it’s not an immediate threat, eggshells are something you’ll want to be mindful of.

Fibrous Foods

Stay away from putting large quantities of fibrous, stringy foods such as celery and corn husks. They can be known to get stuck around the motor causing it to malfunction. If you do dispose of these foods down your disposal, be sure you do it in small quantities and keep cold water running before, during, and after.

So what can you put down the Garbage Disposal? Here are some approved foods:

  • Liquid and Chopped foods
  • Dish soap
  • Cold Water
  • Fruit scraps

If you suspect you need garbage disposal repair or replacement service in your Tampa Bay home, contact the experts at Midway Services. Get a  free estimate or call us at 727.565.4715.


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