Everyday Cheapskate: 14 Things You Need to Know About How to Use Your Garbage Disposal
I would like to personally thank the late John W. Hammes, an architect working in Racine, Wisconsin, who in 1927 invented the garbage disposal. What a brilliant idea. Is there anything more convenient in a kitchen than a garbage disposal? For me, it's right up there with my dishwasher.
I've learned the hard way that a garbage disposal is not a trash can. There are proper ways to care for and feed a garbage disposal -- rules that when followed will keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape, functioning as a reliable member of your household team.
Learn from my mistakes so you don't have to make them yourself. Clogged drains are a major inconvenience, and garbage disposal repair can be a costly proposition.
Do these things:
1. Run your garbage disposal regularly.
Frequent use prevents rust and corrosion, and makes all parts stay moving to prevent small obstructions from accumulating.
2. Run cold water.
Always run a strong flow of cold water before you turn the disposal on to grind food waste. Cold water will cause any grease or oil that may get into the unit to solidify so it can be chopped up before reaching the trap.
3. Grind bones and pits.
Grind certain hard materials, such as small chicken and fish bones (never beef or pork because they're too large), eggshells, very small fruit pits. Yes! These particles create a scouring action inside the grinding chamber that cleans the garbage disposal walls.