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The Essential Garbage Disposal Dos and Don’ts

Garbage disposals are a fantastic instrument of convenience in the kitchen. They make doing chores easier and less demanding and are simple to use. However, if the disposal isn’t properly maintained, it can break down easily, clog and block the drains, and cause a very long and expensive list of plumbing and drain nightmares.

Good practices today can help prevent garbage disposal troubles in the future. Read our ultimate list of dos and don’ts when it comes to garbage disposal care below!


*Keep your disposal clean by pouring a little dish soap inside and letting the disposal run for a minute or so after washing dishes. Be sure to use cold water!

*Run it regularly. Frequent usage prevents rust and corrosion, prevents obstructions from accumulating, and ensures that all the parts are moving and working properly.

*Grind food waste with a strong flow of cold water. This is vital! Cold water will cause any grease or oils that could get into the unit to solidify. This way, they can be chopped up before they reach the trap.

*Grind peelings from citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons to eliminate smells.

*Grind certain hard materials including small chicken and fish bones, small fruit pits, and eggshells. These particles create a scouring action inside the grind chamber, which helps clean the disposal’s walls.

*Cut large items into smaller pieces before putting them down the disposal. Try putting particles in one at a time instead of shoving them all down at the same time.

*Consider putting ice cubes down the drain once or twice a month. This will clean the disposal, sharpen the blades, and break up any grease build-up that might have accumulated.


*Put anything in the disposal that isn’t biodegradable food, including glass, plastic, metal, paper, cigarette butts, and anything that might be combustible. Remember, the disposal isn’t a trashcan and is for food scraps only. When in doubt, toss it out!

*Pour grease, oil, or fat into the disposal. The grease will slowly accumulate and solidify, which will severely hurt your disposal’s grinding ability and clog drains. Recycle your used oils instead!

*Use hot water when running the disposal. Hot water causes grease to liquefy and accumulate, which will then cause the drains to clog.

*Turn off the machine until everything is ground. Be sure once everything has been ground to let the water run for at least 15 seconds in order to flush out any remaining particles.

*Put expandable foods such as rice and pasta down the disposal. These foods expand when water is added, and they will begin to do the same in your pipes. In fact, these foods are a common cause for many jams and clogs in kitchen pipes.

*Grind large animal bones such as beef and pork.

*Grind extremely fibrous materials as they can tangle and jam the motor and block drains. This includes corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, and artichokes.

*Put coffee grounds down the drain actively. While they won’t hurt your disposal and do work to eliminate odors, they can accumulate in drains and pipes and cause clogs.

*Use harsh chemicals such as bleach or drain cleaners – these can damage the blades and pipes. Try Borax, a natural sink cleaner and sanitizer, instead. It will also work against odor-causing mold and mildew that grows in garbage disposals.

Clogs aren’t just inconvenient – they’re also expensive and avoidable with the proper care. Whether you’re a small business with just a few employees, a large corporation or hospital, or anything in between, Ace Grease Services is here to help! Call us anytime at 1-800-473-2733 to talk to one of our many professionals – NOT an automated answering machine! Visit our website at www.acegrease.com to learn why Ace Grease is the best!

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