7 things that you should never put down a garbage disposal


The easiest thing in the world is to throw everything down the drain. However, if we feed our garbage disposal wrong items, very soon it would be a hot place for bad smells and clogs – ultimately the disposal would be a broken appliance.

It is fine to send many items like most soft foods, ice cubes, chopped foods, and fruit peels through the garbage disposal, but not everything should be disposed of like this. And if you are throwing away biodegradable foodstuffs – why not start home composting?

Here are some items that you should avoid putting in the garbage disposal. They are better off in the trash bags or a compost pile.

Fat, grease and oil

Anything greasy should not be put in the sink. It is a no-brainer. It sticks to the disposal itself and other items in the bin. It makes cleaning very hard. The best way to dispose of oil is to seat it in a can and wrap it and leave it in the trash bag.

Pasta and rice

This one is a bit of a surprise. Yet it is fairly logical. Both pasta and rice are two items that continue to swell with water even after being cooked. They cause clogging very quickly. You should take them out of the sink and toss them into the trash can.

Bones and other hard material

Small bones normally through the disposal system without a problem but as a practice, you should always avoid draining bones and other hard material like fruit pits and seafood shells. There is not so much danger of clogging but damaging the disposal.


Putting your unused medications down the sink may seem like an easy way to dispose of them but it is far more dangerous thank you think. It can contaminate the water supply not just for your house but others as well. Also, there is an unlikely chance that some of these medications have a chemical reaction with each other or other items and make a harmful gas or something similar. The best way to dispose of medication is, removing the drugs from their packaging, putting them in a plastic bag with something unappealing like dirt or cat litter, then disposing of the bag in the trash.

Vegetables with fibers

Vegetables are normally OK to pass down the garbage disposal but not vegetables with fibrous content. That takes artichoke, celery, rhubarb, lettuce, kale, cornhusks, onion skins, asparagus and a few others off the chart. Reason being; they can damage the disposal’s blades.

Potato Peels

It is common habit to peel potatoes over the kitchen sink since you have just washed them. And most people throw the peels down the sink. It is known that potato peels transform into a gluey mass when inside the pipes. It will very quickly clog the drain.

Broken glass or metal

This point is related to a mistake rather than deliberation. If something made of metal or glass falls in the sink, don’t turn the garbage disposal on. Instead, open the disposal unit under the sink and fish metal and glass material out. Glass and metal can cause permanent damage to a disposal unit.

Author bio: Nuur Hasan is a software developer, web developer and a technical writer with more than seven years of experience. He believes that sharing knowledge can do wonders and that is why he likes to blog. His other interests include politics and sports.


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