Thursday, December 29, 2011


Does a garbage disposal reside in your sink?  yes or no
Over the holidays I was 'taunted' for allowing food waste into the garbage disposal at a family-member's home. (Their waste system must be more sensitive.) 

Anyway it made me curious to look for the 'accepted' waste from a 'more responsible' user of a dispoal.

Naturally, I went 'a-lookin' to find the answers on the's what I found: 

According to a leading disposer manufacturer...
  • Grind food waste in a moderate flow of cold water.
  • Grind hard materials (such as bones, fruit pits)...a scouring action is created by the particles inside the grind chamber.
  • Grind citrus fruit peelings to freshen drain smells.
  • Dispose of coffee grounds in your disposer (whether or not you are on metropolitan sewer or septic tank.)
  • Flush disposer for cleaning...allowing disposer/cold water to run after grinding or after draining sink of dish water.
  • Some detergents are caustic; flushing will pass such material into the drain line without disposer damage.
  • Use a disposer cleaner, de-greaser, or deodorizer as necessary. (baking soda is good)

  • turn off the motor or water until grinding is completed
  • be alarmed.  Discoloration on the face of the grinding disc is normal...surface discoloration will not affect the life or performance of the disposer.
  • grind fibrous material like corn husks, artichokes, etc. to avoid possible drain blockage you fingers. NEVER put fingers down in the disposal unless it's turned OFF.

I don't feel so bad now about my 'disposal etiquette' after I've read these 'plumbers suggestions'. 


Samual James said...

i completely agree with you on this one, last summer i changed the interiors of my house and as a result a lot of trash was produced. So i hired a rental dumpster to dispose all that trash. One thing i would like to say here is to rent dumpster according to the amount of waste so as you don't have to hire additional dumpster like i did. Anyways thanks for this post.
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Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Love the pictures.......

Talk to you soon:)

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved the picture of the money!

The reaction that you got over the holidays puzzled me - what do they think a disposal is for if not for food waste?!

sara said...

oh my word, you are hilarious!!!! I rarely put too much down mine after a plumber told me it was his biggest money maker and he didn't use his!!!

EmptyNester said...

Around here bones and peels are a big no-no in the disposal. We rarely use it anymore anyway since we have the compost pile. I wonder if the leading disposer manufacturer said some of those things were ok because they want us to buy more often? LOL