Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by carrolladmin

We’re all guilty of putting too much leftover food in the sink or letting drops of grease sneak into the garbage disposal.  Over time, the grime and remnants from these foods can build up to create a major clog.  Improper disposal of waste is actually the most common culprit of a clogged kitchen sink, and the garbage disposal shouldn’t be a substitute for a kitchen trash can.   Here is a list of the 10 foods you should never put down the drain…

1.  Grease

2.  Coffee Grounds

3.  Potato Peelings

4.  Eggshells

5.  Fruit Peels and Rinds

6.  Corn Husks

7.  Meat, raw or cooked

8.  Pasta

9.  Rice

10.  Flour

In addition to putting these items in the garbage can, there are some simple precautions and maintenance tips to follow.  These will undoubtedly maintain the cleanliness and performance of your disposal.  Try the following…

  • Each time you run the disposal, use cold water and let the water continue for 10-20 seconds after the grinding of the motor fully stops.  This will ensure the pipes are totally flushed.
  • Toss a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal and run cold water for a few minutes.  This fights odors and cleans the blades.
  • Concoct a solution of 2 parts vinegar, 1 part baking soda.  Pour the mixture down the sink and let it sit idle in the drain.  Once the solution begins to foam, rinse it with cold water.


In some cases, it’s not the disposal that’s the problem.  It’s possible the pipes deep down in the line are backed up.  Chemical solutions work at fighting clogs, but aren’t recommended for heavy or regular use.  The best way to ensure the performance of your sink and garbage disposal is to follow these tips. If you are experiencing a clog or back-up, give Carroll Plumbing & Heating, Inc. a call.