Things You Should Never Put Down the Garburator

Having a garburator at home helps you to easily dispose of food waste. However, due to its efficiency, people commonly put in anything they want to be cut down to small pieces. Here are some things to keep out of your garburator:

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Broken glass or metal
If metal or glass fall into your garbage disposal, don’t turn it on. Instead, switch off the disposal at the unit under the sink, then try to fish out the offending item with a fork, grabber, or hook. If that’s not possible, put on gloves to protect your hands and carefully retrieve the item. Always make sure the garbage disposal is completely turned off before attempting to retrieve an item from the sink. Source: MSN

Spaghetti, ziti, linguine, fusilli—whatever you like you sauce up always expands when exposed to water, even after you’ve fully cooked it. So whether you have a garbage disposal or not, you shouldn’t dump it down the drain, where it’ll swell and either fill the disposal trap or cause even bigger problems. Ditto for rice. Source: Delish

We all have those old medications somewhere in our medicine cabinet. Whether you no longer need it, or it’s well passed its expiration, do not throw any medications down the drain or toilet. Instead, drop it off at your nearest pharmacy so they can dispose of it with other medical waste. The chemicals can impact water quality near you. Source: TheSpruce

Grease, fats and oils
Greasy foods will distribute a film over the shredding teeth, diminishing their effectiveness. Eventually, the grease will begin to decay, causing an unpleasant odor in the kitchen. Pouring grease into a garbage disposal can result in clogged drains when the grease solidifies (regardless of how much hot water you use). Source: AngiesList

Fibrous vegetables
While most vegetables can safely pass through the garbage disposal, fibrous veggies, including artichoke, celery, rhubarb, lettuce, kale, cornhusks, onion skins, asparagus, and chard tend to tangle around the disposal’s blades. Add these to your compost heap instead, or toss them in the trash. Source: BobVila

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