What Doesn’t Go Down the Garbage Disposal?

What Doesn’t Go Down the Garbage Disposal?

What Doesn’t Go Down the Garbage Disposal?Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing has experts that can help you with garbage disposal repairs, clogs, and regular maintenance. Those same experts also love providing advice for how to keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape. That means keeping things out of it that don’t really belong, like any non-food item or especially oily foods. There are definitely do’s and don’t’s, so stay in the know so you don’t accidentally clog or stop up your garbage disposal before its time.


Oil, fat, and grease can spread a thick film over your disposal blades. Overall, that diminishes their effectiveness. Over time, it can decrease its effectiveness to not work at all, causing a clog or a headache of a repair. Avoid that altogether by making sure any grease, fat, and oily foods stay out of the garbage disposal.

High Fiber

Any especially fibrous food, like potatoes, corn husks, lettuce, celery strings, asparagus, onions, and even artichokes can cause a real mess for most garbage disposals. The fibrous materials wrap around the blades, clogging the drain and sometimes stopping operation altogether.


When the rice has gotten dry or it’s still uncooked, it can damage a garbage disposal blade. It’s best to keep all rice out of the garbage disposal. Any rice you have for dinner, just like potatoes, should go in the trash or in the fridge as leftovers for another meal.

Egg Shells

While some people may think that egg shells sharpen the blades, this can unfortunately just be chalked up to an old wives’ tale. On the contrary, eggshells have a stringy membranes in layers. This can wrap around the blades, the shredder ring, or it can just clog up the pipes and drain. Avoid dropping eggshells down the garbage disposal as often as possible, or completely if possible.

Anything That Isn’t Food

Paper, plastic, metal, cigarette butts – none of it goes in the garbage disposal. If you can’t consume it safely, don’t give it to your garbage disposal. Keep your trash can within a reasonable distance and throw it in there instead. This way, you preserve your garbage disposal and extend its lifespan tenfold.

If you have a garbage disposal emergency or need any type of garbage disposal service, Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing has the experts to help. We can be reached at (661) 947-2653 or by email, at [email protected]. We can help with just about any emergency repair or garbage disposal catastrophe.

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