It is estimated that 50% of American households own garbage disposals. If you have one in your home, you appreciate just how much it speeds the process of cleaning up after a meal. As we head towards the holidays, where you may find yourself entertaining more and cooking seasonal foods you don’t normally make during the year, it is a good time to refresh yourself on things you should not place in your disposal if you want to keep it running smoothly.
First and foremost, the garbage disposal is meant to handle only biodegradable food items. This eliminates glass, plastic, metal, paper, matches, and cigarette butts. However, even some food items are off limits as well.
You should also avoid pouring commercial drain cleaner or bleach into your kitchen sink drain, as both can damage the disposal blades. Borax is one cleaning product mild enough to use safely. However, your best weapons for cleaning and sanitizing are a handful of ice cubes, followed by a lemon. These will work to scour the blades and leave your sink smelling fresh.