5 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

5 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal 1

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15 Comments on "5 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal"

  1. Tom Drummy | June 2, 2023 at 3:01 PM |

    Happy I watched this……….was just going to stick my fingers in it

    • Karl Letcher | June 2, 2023 at 10:27 PM |

      I was told you shouldn’t stick you feet into a garbage disposal either, which really surprised me.

  2. Its a waste investment…

  3. What can you safely put down a garbage disposal?

    • James Goodman | June 24, 2023 at 2:05 AM |

      Realistically anything food related, just not large amounts of oil (oil shouldn’t go down any drain). Get the model of disposal that suits your needs. The video is poorly researched, especially the part about peels, the gates on a disposal only let particles of a certain size through, starting size of waste is irrelevant.

  4. The Car Crazy Guy | June 2, 2023 at 6:08 PM |

    I never throw anything down my drains. It all goes in the trash.

  5. #6: Corn husks — learned that years ago. Living in NJ, I used to eat Jersey Fresh corn every summer (now I don’t eat corn, as it’s indigestible in my stomach). Those corn husks DO not go in the disposal. Same reason as veggie peels.

  6. J Stephens | June 2, 2023 at 7:22 PM |

    Our town has asked us NOT to use disposals at all to prevent sewer issues. All of the houses in my neighborhood have them, and I think most homeowners ignore the request. But I have stopped using mine and put waste into the trash. Even better, I am more conscious about waste and try to reduce it. This is something CU should look at.

  7. naturalcornrows | June 2, 2023 at 8:27 PM |

    Years ago I accidentally dropped a beta fish down the garbage disposal. Somebody fished it out (no pun intended)
    The poor fish must have been so rattled because after the person got it out, it pooped in their hand and died.

  8. Andy DeLassus | June 3, 2023 at 8:18 AM |

    I used to work for a sewer repair contractor. We’d send the camera down there and see pipes almost completely clogged with grease. In fact, you could tell which houses put grease down the drain vs those that didn’t

  9. What a bunch of bull. Here is my list, anything small round and hard like un-popped popcorn seeds,

  10. Nine Dragons | June 3, 2023 at 6:39 PM |

    starches like rice, bread, pasta or potatoes
    oil or grease
    egg shells
    coffee grounds
    carrot or potato skins
    and obviously things like wood, glass, or soft fleshy parts of your body

  11. Paul Ste. Marie | June 5, 2023 at 2:14 AM |

    So, basically, don’t use the disposal.

    Most of these are fine *_in moderation_*. Throw the big clump of peels in the compost, but the few left behind aren’t going to cause any issues. Ditto small amounts of _cooked_ starches, etc.

    Dumping huge amounts of most things in at once will cause many issues.

  12. Kimonodragon | June 5, 2023 at 12:26 PM |

    “Renames video: Foods you can compost”

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