How To Know What You Can Put In Your Garbage Disposal Unit
Nowadays it is almost mandatory for a kitchen to use a garbage disposal unit. They are huge time-savers and they literally can make your life easier. But, you should know what can you put in a garbage disposal unit.
Here I will be able to see what can be put and what should be avoided. After all, these units still have some limitations.
What can you put in a garbage disposal unit?
Here I will reveal the professional secrets, regarding what should be put in garbage disposal unit. Still, I cannot stress how important it is to follow this advice.
- Water - Cold water is the main ‘’ingredient’’ needed for the garbage disposal units. Always make sure you have run the water at least 30 seconds before and 30 seconds after the operation. This will make sure the waste is reduced to its basics.
- Liquids - Here there are no rules. You can put all kinds of liquids in the garbage disposal unit and there won’t be any issues.
- Soft food - All kinds of soft food can be fed to the garbage disposal unit. They will be completely grinded, making the finest waste possible.
- Solid chopped foods - When you want to put solid food in the garbage disposal unit, make sure you have chopped it into small bits. This makes the grinding process much easier, quieter and quicker.
- Soap - This point may sound strange, even I think like that, but let me explain. Put a small amount of a soap in your garbage disposal unit and they run the water. This will clean the inner components and prolong the lifespan of the unit.
- Ice - Once a week feed your garbage disposal unit with ice cubes. Make sure they are made from vinegar or lemon juice. Keep in mind that this won’t damage the unit, it will only clean the components inside and remove grease and etc. Important: I must add that this is a mandatory procedure.
- Fruit - All types of fruit can be fed to the garbage disposal unit.
- Meat - Meat is safe to put as well. I must add that larger amounts should be sliced. This will speed up the process and eliminate the risk from clogging.
- Vegetables - The situation is the same as with the previous two points. You can put vegetables into your garbage disposal unit. Just make sure all the pieces are small.
What should be avoided?
Garbage disposal units are powerful as you were able to see, but there are still some limitations. I will help you get a better idea on what shouldn’t be put in them.
I performed countless tests regarding these foods and garbage in general, so all the tips are tested and confirmed.
- Plastics - There is no need to tell you that putting plastic items in the garbage disposal unit isn’t recommended. It can damage the unit!
- Tableware - Always makes sure all non-food items are removed from the sink before you turn on the garbage disposal unit. If you make a mistake here, you can literally destroy the unit.
- Oil and fats - In general, all grease substances should be kept away from the garbage disposal unit. On my tests, the grease had a huge side effect on the units. When it cools down, it will stick to the blades and all other components, which will have to be cleaned manually.
- Pasta - This type of food will swell when it gets in contact with water. As such, it will clog and slow down the garbage disposal unit. Avoid it at all cost.
- Rice - The situation is the same as with pasta.
- Eggshells - They are perfect to slow down and damage the unit, so never put them into the garbage disposal. In essence, they have the same negative effect as oil and pasta. They will clog the blades.
- Bones - This is a more complicated point to explain. Fish bones can be put in the unit and they will be processed without an issue. Smaller bones can be put as well, but only if you have a more powerful garbage disposal unit. Large bones shouldn’t. They are complicated to process even by industrial or professional units.
- Coffee ground - I tested several garbage disposal units with coffee grounds and I determined that it should be kept away. The problem isn’t in the hardness of the substance. Units will grind it perfectly, but when it is mixed with water, it will cause clogging and it will slow down the mechanism.
- Potato peelings - Yes, they should be avoided as well. They can be cut, but they will cause your garbage disposal unit to jam.
- Seeds - If you put seeds alone in the garbage disposal unit, there won’t be any issues, but if you mix them with other foods they can jam the unit.
Tips that will help you get the most from your garbage disposal unit
There are a lot of different products of this kind on the market and there are a lot of things you should know if you want to get the most from them. I did certain tests and I deduced that there are some points that will allow you to put more and different foods in the garbage disposal units.
- Get a more powerful unit - Just in case, choosing the more powerful unit is the best choice. You will be able to put harder and larger pieces of food in it.
- Run it a few minutes after the grinding is completed - This step will remove the foods from the blades and the system itself. It will help you maintain your unit properly.
- Grind lemons occasionally - Simply cut them in half and put them into the garbage disposal unit. The acid from them will remove the debris from the blades.
- Run it frequently - If you don’t have a need for a garbage disposal unit, don’t buy it. These units are designed to be used on a frequent basis, so make sure you use it a few times per week. If you don’t, it will be clogged with leftovers inside.
- Manual cleaning is needed - Eventually, you will have to perform a manual cleaning. Check out the instructions you got when you bought the device and perform them accordingly.
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The final thought
With the help of all the tips and points I have mentioned here, you will be able to get the most from your garbage disposal. Now you also know what can you put in a garbage disposal unit and what should be avoided at all cost.
The bottom line is that you will know all what should be known regarding garbage disposal units, so I can say that you are going to become a professional in this matter.
Let’s not forget to mention that by following these points, your garbage disposal will last the longest and it will run without any issues, as long as you need it. All my claims are supported by the tests I conducted, so they are literally 100% accurate.