Everything has its limits. There’s a limit to how much can do in a particular situation at a particular time.

Same goes for devices. No device can last forever. It also has its lifespan. And for a device such as that of a garbage disposal unit which is used at a daily basis, making sure that you are using it right is a must if you want to extend its lifespan.

So today, we’ll look into garbage disposal do’s and don’ts!

List them down if you want!

The Do’s

  • Run your garbage disposal regularly. This will help prevent rust corrosion from developing.
  • Clean your unit regularly. You can do this by pouring a small amount of dish soap into it and running the faucet. This can help remove tiny particles that may have stuck into the grinders.
  • Grind citrus peelings such as that from lemon. This is an effective means to freshen up your disposal unit.
  • If you’re dealing with large food wastes, cut them first to small pieces and place them one at a time. Placing everything in one go may cause clogging.
  • Grind foods with cold water. Cold water helps freeze up grease trapped in your unit, making it easier to cut and flush down the drain.

The Don’ts

  • No grinding of cigarette butts
  • Don’t grind anything that’s combustible
  • Don’t grind non-food items (i.e. paper, metal or plastic)
  • Don’t pour grease onto your unit. It will eventually accumulate and can affect the performance of your device.
  • Don’t grind fibrous materials (i.e. celery stalks, corn husks, and onion skins). Fibers can tangle onto your garbage disposal motor.
  • Don’t turn off the motor and water while the grinding is going on. Wait for the grinding to finish before turning it off.
  • Don’t put to many potato peels on your unit. Starch present in potatoes will turn to paste making the blades of the grinder stick.
  • Don’t put large amount of food waste to the grinder all at once.
  • Don’t grind large animal bones like pork or beef. It may damage your grinders.
  • Don’t use too strong chemicals when cleaning your garbage disposal units. Some of them can damage the blades and the pipes.

Being mindful of these do’s and don’ts will not only expand the life of your garbage disposal unit. It will also help you prevent glitches and major part replacements later on, thus, saving you some bucks.

Moreover, keeping in mind the do’s and refraining the don’ts is a healthy practice to make sure that your drainage system is running smoothly all throughout.

Remember, there’s a limit to how much a device can help you. You are responsible for keeping it working. Make sure to do your end of the bargain.

Have you recently experienced any problems about your disposal unit? How did you deal with it? What are your best practices in taking god care of your garbage disposal unit?

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