Many kitchen sinks come equipped with a garbage disposal system designed for grinding up small scraps of food leftovers.  These are ground up small enough to flush easily through into the homes septic tank or sewer system.  This form of garbage disposal plays its part in reducing waste in landfills or waste management facilities.  So, the more waste you put down the garbage disposal the better, right? No, not at all.  There are many items that should not be placed into the garbage disposal.  Let’s look at a few:

A kitchen garbage disposal unit is only intended for food scraps.  But, it’s surprising how many nonfood items will make their way into the kitchen sink such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap and bottle caps etc.  None of these items should go into the garbage disposal.

Not all liquids are safe to be placed into the garbage disposal either.  Grease, oil and chemicals should not be disposed of down the sink, especially if the home has a septic tank. 

Not all foods are ideal for a garbage disposal unit.  Hard items such as bones can blunt the blades and affect the proper working of the system.  Fibrous foods can also affect the system, items like potato peels and corn husk etc. If you really have to put these down the unit, make sure you do it in small amounts and keep water running even after the food has flushed through.

Keeping these simple tips in mind will go a long way to prolonging the life of your kitchens garbage disposal system.

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