Know What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal This Southern CA Summer

Each season brings its special enjoyments. In the summer, we enjoy cookouts and backyard hangouts, and with that comes seasonal foods like melons, corn, grilled hot dogs and more. But after the fun is over for the day, we’re left with decisions about how to get rid of all the food waste left on the plates.

To keep your Southern CA summers running smoothly, you need to know what you can put in the garbage disposal. So we made it simple for you. Check out our handy guide below & give us a call if you run into any issues with your garbage disposal that you can’t handle!

Is it an Animal Product?

What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal

Fat and bones from meat will create a pesky problem in your pipes. Don’t send anything down your disposal that might get stuck or build up causing blockages & professional drain cleaning.

  • Bones
  • Grease
  • Eggshells
What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal

Is it Fibrous?

If a food can shred and form long fibers, it should go in the trash can or compost. Small pieces can be put down your disposal without cause for alarm, but if you overwhelm it, the fibers will tangle and jam your disposal blades. Examples are:

  • Corn husks
  • Artichokes
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Potato peels

Does it Have a Pit?

Your garbage disposal’s blades are just not cut out to deal with pits. They will cause damage. Some pitted foods to dispose of in the trash are:

  • Peaches
  • Mangoes
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • Avocados

Raspberries technically have several pits throughout them, but they are small enough not to harm your disposal. Larger pits, however, can get stuck on the blades or break it. It’s almost like chucking a piece of wood down your sink.

Are There Thick Rinds?

There’s something about watermelon that makes it tastes better in the warm weather when you can sit outside and watch the clouds go by. But this fruit, along with other melons, should not be chucked in your disposal when the day is done.

Thick rinds aren’t just limited to melons, either. Many citrus fruits have very thick rinds. Some people use thin-skinned lemons to freshen the smell of their disposal, which is perfectly fine for the blades.

Enjoy Your Summer!

Keep these tips in mind, and cleanup won’t cause a hassle. But no matter how diligent you are, accidents happen. If something has damaged your garbage disposal, give the friendly experts at AAP a call at (951) 427-1707 and we’ll get you fixed up quick!