If you are in the habit of sending everything left on your plates into the sink and the garbage disposal, you may want to reconsider. It is a very helpful appliance but it is not a ‘catch all’ designed to make clean up easier.
The purpose of the garbage disposal is to shred food waste into smaller pieces to prevent them from clogging the drain pipe. Not everything should be put in the disposal. Some of the waste you may feeding into it can still clog pipes.
Don’t over load your garbage disposal. Too much, while chopped finely, can go down the drain at once. It can still get caught or bind together further down the drain. If you have large amounts of waste, send a little down at a time. This will also prevent the disposal itself from having to work too hard, potentially burning out the unit.
Consider composting your food waste. Not everyone has the space or the need, but if you can, it is a better alternative. Less solid material in your drain pipes and the benefit of a green fertilizer.
Garbage disposals are one of the most helpful appliances in your kitchen when used properly. Abuse them or treat them as trash compactors and you could find yourself with bigger problems down the road. Treat them well and they will last and make clean up a bit easier.
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