Garbage Disposals Do Not Have Magical Powers.
That many sound funny, but many people seem to think they do.
Garbage disposals can be a very useful kitchen tool, but if they’re misused, they can easily turn into a clogged-up nightmare.
Here are a few DOs and DON’Ts for those of you with garbage disposals:
- Keep your disposal clean; pour some dish soap in and run it for a bit each day.
- Use cold water only when running the disposal.
- Use the disposal regularly; this prevents rust and corrosion and gets rid of accumulated food particles (and the smell they cause)
- Grind up citrus peels to freshen the disposal.
- Craig’s biggest "do" of all: throw most of your food waste in the trash or compost it.
- Pour grease down the drain, ever. Ever.
- Grind up anything that is not food! Glass, plastic, metal or even paper will ruin your disposal.
- Grind up celery stalks, artichokes, corn husks, onion skins, or other very fibrous materials. The best thing to do with these is compost them; otherwise, into the trash they go.
- Grind up potato peels. No, really, just don’t. They’re starchy and wreak havoc on disposals.
- Cram things down the disposal. Only put small amounts of food down it at a time. It’s a small mechanical appliance, not a wood chipper.
If your garbage disposal has seized up, there are a couple things you can try:
- Turn off your disposal. Find the red reset button on the bottom of your disposal and press it. Turn it back on; if it runs, you’re done.
- If the reset button didn’t work, locate the allen wrench that came with your disposal; insert it into the hole in the bottom of the disposal and rotate it back and forth to unjam the blades.
If all else fails, call Craig at 814-409-8773. He’s the garbage disposal tamer.