‘Tis the season of dinner parties and home-cooked meals. You’ll probably be trying out different recipes and dealing with food waste. The last thing you want is smelly garbage or backup in the kitchen sink when hosting a family dinner. But that’s bound to happen if you become careless with your waste disposal.
With all the shopping and cooking that happens during the festive season, homeowners will be churning out mounds of waste. Figuring out what goes into your trash can and what shouldn’t is critical to proper garbage disposal. You need to know what food items can’t go down the garbage disposal or kitchen sink. Whether it’s the leftover from your Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas lunch, here’s what you should avoid emptying down the kitchen sink.
Oil, Fats, and Grease
Whenever you cook, you’ll always have residue oil in your dish or pan. What should you do with them? Empty the oil into the kitchen sink? Don’t make that mistake. When washed down the drain, grease and oils coat the piping and grab other particles. Dispose of grease and oil residue into the trash can.
Bones and Meat Scraps
Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas ham are going to feature prominently in a lot of menus. After everyone is full, clear meat scraps and bone fragments into your trash. Bones are tough and tend to get stuck in the blades, causing the disposal’s motor to break down. This will force you to replace the entire disposal system.
Potatoes, Rice, and Pasta
Starch expands when it comes into contact with water. Emptying food particles with starch down the kitchen drain can lead to a massive clog. Over time, starchy foods like potatoes will form a thick clump on your piping. But that’s not the only threat. Potato peels can slip past the disposal and accumulate in the drainpipe, worsening a bad situation. Whenever you peel potatoes, do it over the trash and empty leftovers into a bin.
Right about this time, you’ll be preparing fruit pies. Whether cherry, strawberry, or peach, be sure to keep the fruit pits out of your garbage disposal. Fruit pits can damage your blades and clog water pipes. Contact your local plumber to clear clogs on your drains.
Vegetable Side Dishes
Fibrous vegetables are harmful to your disposal too. Spinach, kale, eggplant, and green beans tend to be stringy when shredded. And their strands can clump together blocking pipes and obstructing water flow.
Think of chopping and spinning nuts to form a thick paste? Go ahead, but don’t throw the leftovers into your disposal. The gooey paste will stick on your drains and grab food particles that are washed down. And you can guess what’ll happen.
Dinner parties aren’t complete without decaf coffee. When prepping yours, make sure coffee grounds don’t go to the disposal. Wipe coffee ground spills into the trash, not the kitchen sink. Wet ground coffee can lump together and create awful clogs. Dispose of filters in your trash can too.
Celery and Corn Husks
Both have fibrous materials that can easily get stuck on your blades. As well as wearing out your motor, these can cause the disposal to jam.
Whether you are in charge of Thanksgiving dinner or ordering food, you need to make sure none of these food items end up in the garbage disposal in your kitchen. Get proper trash cans and keep an eye out for what happens in the kitchen for a stress-free New Year.
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