We are all trying to be a bit more conscious of how much waste goes into waste management facilities and landfills these days.  While there are many alternate ways of reducing waste, we may not always think of the garbage disposal unit as being one of these ways.  A garbage disposal unit is an extremely handy appliance to have in a kitchen, but it is often abused, which means it will not work effectively.  So, what are some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to using this appliance?

A kitchens garbage disposal system is designed for small, leftover scraps of food.  When placed into the unit, they are ground up small enough to flush through into a sewer or septic tank.  This doesn’t mean that anything small enough to fit should go into a garbage disposal, however.  It is designed for food items only, so things that easily find their way into the sink such as aluminum foil and bottle caps etc. should never be put down there.  Other items that are not intended to be placed in the garbage disposal are; grease, oil and chemicals.  Remember also that certain items should not go into a septic tank.

There are even certain foods that should not be placed in the garbage disposal unit either.  Bones are something that can cause damage to the unit.  Even foods which are very fibrous like corn husks and potato peels can clog up the system.  If you really want to put these foods down there, make sure to do it in smaller amounts, keeping the water running for a short time after everything has cleared.

These are just a few suggestions to consider that will help to extend the life of your kitchen garbage disposal unit.