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The Dos and Don’ts of Your Garbage Disposal
The Dos and Don’ts of Your Garbage Disposal
January 04/2024

The Dos and Don’ts of Your Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal can be a lifesaver in the kitchen, even though we tend to take it for granted. Most garbage disposal problems can be avoided with proper care and use. Mastering the do’s and don’ts with your garbage disposal is a key aspect of ensuring a smoothly running kitchen and a well-functioning disposal unit. In this blog post, Mr. Rooter Plumbing walks you through the essential practices to keep your garbage disposal in top-notch condition.

Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we take pride in offering professional garbage disposal services, including garbage disposal installation, garbage disposal repair, and more.


  • Run Water Down The Drain While You Run Your Garbage Disposal

Running water down the drain while operating your garbage disposal helps flush the waste down the plumbing system. It aids in the efficient disposal of food particles and prevents clogs by ensuring a smooth flow through the pipes.

  • Run Your Garbage Disposal Regularly

Regularly cleaning your garbage disposal is essential for its proper functioning. Use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or specialty disposal cleaning products to eliminate odors and prevent buildup. Cleaning also helps maintain a hygienic environment in your kitchen.

  • Grind Citrus Peels In Your Disposal

Citrus peels help freshen the disposal and combat unpleasant odors.

  • Grind Ice Cubes In Your Disposal

Grinding ice cubes in your garbage disposal helps clean the blades and remove debris. The ice helps to dislodge any buildup, while the grinding action sharpens the blades. This simple maintenance step can contribute to the efficiency and longevity of your disposal unit.

  • Keep Your Disposal Clean

Keeping your disposal clean is crucial for optimal performance. Regularly remove any food residues or debris by flushing it with water. Use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or specialized disposal cleaning products to minimize odors and prevent buildup. A clean disposal contributes to a more hygienic kitchen environment and extends the lifespan of the unit.

  • Use Cold Water, Not Hot, When the Disposal is Running

Cold water solidifies grease, allowing it to be chopped up by the disposal and flushed away.


  • Don’t Use Your Disposal as a Second Trash Can

Avoid putting non-food items or excessive waste into the disposal.

  • Don’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners On Your Disposal

Chemical drain cleaners can be harsh on the components of your garbage disposal. The chemicals may corrode or damage the disposal unit and pipes. Instead, consider using natural alternatives or mechanical methods for cleaning, such as a mixture of baking soda and vinegar followed by boiling water. These options are gentler on your disposal and the environment.

  • Don’t Allow Certain Foods to Run Through Your Disposal

Certain foods can be problematic for your garbage disposal. Avoid putting fibrous or starchy items, such as banana peels, potato peels, and celery, into the disposal. These can tangle around the blades or create a paste that may lead to clogs. Hard items like bones can dull the blades over time. It’s best to dispose of these types of foods in the regular trash or compost bin.

  • Don’t Try To Force Large Objects or Food Chunks Down The Drain

Don’t shove stubborn objects down the drain. If something won’t budge, turn off the disposal and try to remove it using a pair of tongs, or call a plumber for help. Forcing things can lead to damage and costly repairs.

  • Don’t Try To Sharpen The Blades

Garbage disposal blades are typically self-sharpening, so manual attempts can be harmful.

Need Help With Your Garbage Disposal? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

If your disposal is acting up, Mr. Rooter Plumbing is here to fix it. Our skilled plumbers are ready to tackle any disposal issues and keep your kitchen running smoothly. We are the plumbing service you can rely on for all of your garbage disposal needs. Whether you’re in need of garbage disposal installation or repair, we have the tools and skills to get the job done.