What NOT to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

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Best Disposal Practices

Your garbage disposal is a wonderful tool that makes life in the kitchen that much easier. With its help, you’re able to avoid scraps piling up in the garbage can and instead, dispose of them in a clean and non-smelly way.

There are many people, however, who don’t understand the importance of proper disposal practices. There are certain rules when it comes to what you can and cannot put down the drain. Read on to learn what is on the list of “no’s”.

Large Amounts of Food

Just because your disposal is capable of disposing of food, does not mean it can handle a large amount of it. The disposal is meant to only take care of the bits and scraps of food left on your dishes, not your toddlers' entire meal they’re refusing to eat!

Be sure large amounts of food end up in the garbage CAN, not the disposal.


Grease is a common cause of many plumbing problems. When poured down your drain, the grease will stick to the sides of the pipes, eventually coagulating as it becomes cold. Over time, it will build up and eventually cause a clog in the pipe.

To avoid an irritating clog and a visit from the plumber, pour your grease and oil in a sealable jar to later dispose of instead.

Other Food Items

Finally, there are some foods you should never put down the disposal, even if they’re small scraps. These items include:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Animal bones
  • Pasta
  • Nuts
  • Pits and seeds
  • Onions
  • Potato peels
  • Fibrous or stringy foods

If you’re in a pickle and are experiencing a clog or another garbage disposal issue, be sure to give Nautilus Plumbing a call at (323) 629-4627! Our team is here to help get your kitchen back in full swing.