Your garbage disposal counts for nothing if it can’t keep the stench of old garbage out of your kitchen. That said, you need to know how to work it effectively so you don’t trap waste in your waste disposal unit. This article seeks to give you a couple of hints on what you should and shouldn’t do to ensure your garburator does exactly what it was designed to do.
- Read the instruction manual! Most people never take the time to read and understand the user manual of anything they buy, that’s a bad idea. When it comes to garbage disposal, you need to have a clear view of what you can and cannot shove into your disposal unit. If you constantly throw hard objects into it, you run the risk of jamming the rotating equipment. You need to understand the capacity, know what your unit can handle and what it can’t. Check the user manual carefully, see the list of items you can dispose and the ones you can’t, this will go a long way in ensuring the longevity of your garbage disposal unit.
- Certain things that you should either completely desist from putting in your disposal unit, or if you must, try and cut them into tiny pieces so they don’t clog the piping or block the drainage system. These include fibrous items, like corn husks, banana peels, fruit pits, onion skins, hard seeds (avocados), and shells.
- All these items when shredded turn into ropey elements that entangle into your garbage disposal unit and block the rotors as well as the drainage system. If you must put them in there, it is advisable to cut them into little pieces, to make the process a bit more bearable.
- You also need to make a mental note that the term ‘disposal unit’ doesn’t mean you throw everything in there. The same way there are hard bones and stringy food remains, there are also various non-perishables that should go nowhere near your garbage disposal. You need to differentiate between what goes in the trash and what goes in the disposal.
- Plastics, broken glassware, broken kids toys, strings, hair-especially, greasy items, metal items, any kind of rubber or rubber band, bottle caps, sponges. Any other type of trash that can’t be easily ripped to pieces. Running a disposal is more common sense than it is actual knowledge, if you can take a minute and think about something before you throw it in the garburator, then the world will definitely be a better place.
- Lastly, the only effective way to ensure your disposal unit keeps working for a long time is to ensure you clean it on a regular basis. Although there are precautions to be taken, there are always little waste items that slip through the cracks and clog your unit. The only way to clear out this mess is to clean the inner side on a regular basis.
How well your disposal unit works will depend significantly on how well you maintain it.