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Garbage Disposals: What Can and Can NOT Go in Them

Sink with Water Flowing Down into a Garbage DisposalOn the off chance that your Ammon rental has a garbage disposal, you may have mixed feelings about it. Learn what can and cannot go into them to avoid problems. Several people appreciate them; yet, others despise how the disposal always seems to break down, usually provoking even bigger dilemmas. Luckily, a substantial number of these breakdowns can be avoided by understanding how to use and clean garbage disposal properly, preventing damage and expensive repairs. So, although it’s true that disposals are prone to bad smells and clogs if not used and cleaned regularly, by abiding by a few simple rules, it is possible to keep yours clean and functional.

Garbage disposal is possibly among those helpful kitchen appliances when it is utilized correctly. Food scraps can be safely disposed of in a kitchen garbage disposal, a much more reliable substitute than a reeking garbage can. Most biodegradable food items, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, scraps of meat, and small pieces of citrus rinds, can be put down garbage disposal without any complications.

Nonetheless, there are a few big exceptions to that rule. Anything hard, like eggshells, bones, and fruit pits should never be put in a garbage disposal. The same goes for coffee grounds and popcorn kernels, which will rattle everywhere and get stuck in the disposal’s blades. You should also remember to stay away from foods like celery, pasta, rice, and potato peels because their stringy, starchy fibers can easily clog garbage disposal. Putting any of these items in your garbage disposal may cause your entire appliance to break down. Lastly, grease should never be poured into the disposal. It coats the pipes and can lead to clogs and bad odors in your kitchen.

There are times when your garbage disposal may still end up smelling bad because of decomposing food and grease that can get trapped in and around the disposal. Mold and bacteria can also grow on rubber strainer flanges and other areas, causing odors. The pros at Mr. Rooter suggest keeping odors away by running cold water every time you use the disposal, which helps flush out accumulating food matter. They also recommend running the disposal a bit longer than when the grinding noises even out, about five extra seconds. To clean your disposal blades, try putting ice cubes and citrus peels in it from time to time. Both will help clean the blades and make your disposal smell fresh. With proper cleaning and maintenance, you can better avoid pricey maintenances and keep your rental property’s garbage disposal running well for a long time.

Even good preventative measures won’t help much unless you are cleaning the property’s garbage disposal regularly. To learn how, consider using a professional guide to cleaning your appliance, such as the one found on the Mr. Rooter website. Likewise, if you still have inquiries about garbage disposal use and maintenance, make sure to ask your landlord, property management company, or plumbing professional. Asking a question could mean the difference between a functional garbage disposal and a greasy, soupy mess in your sink.

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