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Garbage Disposals: What Can and Can NOT Go in Them

Sink with Water Flowing Down into a Garbage DisposalIf your Lakeview rental house has a garbage disposal, you may have different perceptions about it. Some people enjoy them, but others dislike the way the disposal always seems to break down, frequently ending up broken. The good news is that several of these breakdowns can be avoided by first learning how to use and clean garbage disposal properly, preventing damage and expensive repairs. So even though it’s correct that disposals are prone to bad smells and clogs if not used and cleaned regularly, by observing a few simple rules, it is possible to keep yours clean and functional.

Garbage disposal is one of the most helpful kitchen appliances when it is used properly. Food scraps can be safely disposed of in a kitchen garbage disposal, a much better option than stinking up a garbage can. Majority of the 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 issues.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of 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 clatter around and would eventually get stuck in the disposal’s blades. Stay away from other foods like celery, pasta, rice, and potato peels because their stringy, starchy fibers can easily clog garbage disposal. Putting any of these objects in your garbage disposal may cause your entire appliance to break down. And 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 the 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 have questions about garbage disposal use and maintenance, be 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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