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Garbage Disposer Tips


  • Do run cold water while grinding waste
  • Do grind beef bones, chicken bones, peach pits
  • Do grind lemon or orange peels to eliminate odors
  • Do let water and disposer run for several seconds after grinding is complete
  • Do grind ice to clean the blades and impeller


  • Don't reach into the disposer with your hand, use tongs and only when the unit is unplugged
  • Don't grind fibrous foods like corn husks, artichokes, banana peels or celery
  • Don't operate the disposer without running water
  • Don't use hot water for grinding, it melts fats which later may clog the drain
  • Don't grind coffee grounds. They aren't a problem for the disposer but they build in the pipes.

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