A garbage disposal is a handy appliance to have in your kitchen. It helps to make your life just a little bit easier. Instead of tossing leftovers into the trash, you can simply dispose of them down the sink and into the drain.

A garbage disposal is a great time-saver and anything that can buy you some extra time is a plus! However, it is still just an appliance and it can develop problems, especially if it is not being properly operated. The following tips will help you keep your disposal in tip-top shape.

  • Use your garbage disposal on a regular basis to prevent rusting and corrosion.
  • Keep it clean by adding a little bit of dish soap and cold water after each use.
  • Use cold water when running your disposal and make sure you have a strong flow.
  • Grinding citrus peels gives your disposal a fresh, citrus scent.
  • Grind hard foods on occasion, such as small chicken bones, to create a scouring action to keep your disposal walls clean.
  • Avoid stuffing large items into the disposal – instead, cut them into smaller pieces.
  • If it is not a food item, do NOT put it into your garbage disposal
  • Never grind combustible items.
  • Never grind cigarette butts, metals, plastic, paper, or glass.
  • Do not pour grease down your garbage disposal.
  • Do not stop the flow of water or turn off the disposal until it is done grinding.
  • When you do turn off the disposal, let the water run for a few more seconds to flush it clean.
  • Never put large bones down the disposal
  • Avoid fibrous foods, such as corn stalks and onion skins, because the fibers can tangle and jam the disposal.
  • Add foods a little bit at a time – never overstuff your disposal and always keep the cold water running.
  • Never use bleach or other harsh chemicals in your disposal – they can damage the blades.