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What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal

It’s said that the day after Thanksgiving is not only the busiest shopping day of the year but also the busiest day for plumbers to make house calls. This is typically due to the kitchen sink backing up. Do you know what not to put in the garbage disposal? If you want to avoid calling the plumber over Thanksgiving, this one’s for you.

I grew up in a house where my mom traditionally called the plumber every year on Thanksgiving Day. As a curious kid, one time I asked the plumber why he came to our house every Thanksgiving. He said it was because my mom put things in the disposal that were no-no’s. Funny he never said anything to my mom about it. But once I shared that information with her, she knew what not to put in the garbage disposal and avoided the yearly plumbing call.

What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal

At a very young age, I learned NOT to use the garbage disposal. Here are the top 14 things I know you should never to put down your garbage disposal:

  1. Grease
  2. Poultry skin
  3. Bones
  4. Carrots
  5. Potato skins
  6. Onions
  7. Celery
  8. Pumpkin
  9. Pasta
  10. Oatmeal
  11. Banana peels
  12. Coffee grounds
  13. Egg shells
  14. Nuts

At this point, you’re thinking why use the garbage disposal at all? My thoughts exactly. You can take my advice or take your chances. In my opinion, you’d be better off creating a compost pile in your backyard and throwing the rest away.

Here are a couple of other tips to keep in mind when using your garbage disposal. Always run cold water down the drain before, during and after using it. Do not fill it full of food and then turn it on. Add the food as it is running.

Bonus Tip for Toilets

While we’re talking plumbing, do not put anything down the toilet other than the obvious and cheap 2 ply toilet paper. I was told by my favorite plumber that some of the huge name brand toilet papers do not dissolve as needed. If you have a problem with your toilet often backing up, this could be the cause.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

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