Of all the inventions in our kitchen, there’s perhaps none more underappreciated the the humble garbage disposal. While you probably don’t give it much thought while you’re washing dinner’s remnants down the drain, anybody’s who’s lived without one can tell you those food-shredding wonders deserve more attention.
And the best way to give that appliance more attention? By NOT putting certain things into it! While it’s tempting to believe otherwise, our garbage disposals aren’t magic, and there are some things they just can’t handle, no matter how organic or natural they might be.
So what exactly’s on that list of don’ts? We’ve got a handy list for you right here, PLUS a video from 41 Action News highlighting 7 more things your garbage disposal doesn’t want to eat. Just keep reading.
I can feel some of you readers out there rolling your eyes already, but guys? Not everybody knows this one! Seriously. I had a roommate once who seriously believed our garbage disposal had magic powers, and I caught her once dropping chicken bones down the drain. It was truly one of the most harrowing experiences of my life.
But even if you did know this info, do you know why bones are a problem? It’s because bones will never fully become “chopped-up”, but your disposal will keep trying, spinning its blades until it wears itself out. Plus, those failed-to-chop bones will eventually clog up your pipes, defeating the whole purpose entirely.
After a big seafood dinner, we can see how it would be tempting to throw those shells down the disposal, but don’t do it! They have a damaging effect to your garbage disposal similar to the one inflicted by bones. Even shrimp shells are too tough— and, frankly, very smelly.
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