By Ashley Dragone


Many homes nowadays have garbage disposals, however, have you really thought about what SHOULD and SHOULDN’T go down the sink? 

Did you know that garbage disposals don’t actually have sharp blades? They actually have blunt metal teeth called impellers. These impellers grind up food waste instead of chopping it up. Bob Formisano’s article, “Everything you need to know about Garbage Disposals” offers some great ways to help you with your garbage disposal habits. Here are a few of his suggestions, and if you’d like to get a full tutorial, check out his full article (

How to Use and Maintain Food Disposals:

Each make and model is different so check out your user manual, but here are some general DO’s and DON’Ts.


  • Always run cold water when using the machine.
  • Let it run for several seconds after a session ends.
  • Grind citrus fruit peels or use vinegar and baking soda (at a mixture of 2:1) or salt and ice to deodorize and clean the chamber.


  • Put these in jars and dispose of them in the trash.
  • Don’t run the machine with hot water.
  • Hot water is only appropriate when it is utilized for cleaning.

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal:

Take half a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar and pour it in the disposal. This combination is non-toxic and should be allowed to fizz for around 15 minutes. The acidic solution kills all the bacteria present in your garbage disposal. 

Last, but not least, it’s important to keep in mind what you definitely should not put through the garbage disposal:

Coffee grounds, pasta, bones, oatmeal, nuts, onion skins, egg shells, pumpkin and fibrous vegetables, potato peels, fruit pits, and corn husks are just a few from the complete list that can be found at the website below along with some stellar descriptions of the reasons why! I don’t know about you but I like to know the why of things and thought you may too!