As an owner of a garbage disposal, you know all the conveniences they offer, and you also know that learning how to clean your garbage disposal due to the fact that your garbage disposal smells, which can be due to misuse, is just part of the regular maintenance associated with owning a disposal.

Thankfully, there are products, such as those produced by Glisten, that can help you clean your disposal and make it clean and fresh. However, to prevent you from having to clean your garbage disposal more than normal, it is imperative that you understand what you should not put into your disposal. Read below for a helpful list of things that should never be placed in a garbage disposal:

Fat, oil or grease:
Never pour fat, grease or oil down your garbage disposal. Once hot grease or oil cools, it solidifies, which is problematic to say the least, when inside your garbage disposal. You can add old grease to a compost pile or throw it away, in small amounts.


Of course, you know that pasta expands when it comes into contact with water. However, you may not think about the fact that it continues to do so in your garbage disposal when you put pasta down the drain. Over time, the pasta will clog your drain, or at the very least fill up your garbage disposal trap.

Egg shells:
Egg shells are another item that should not be placed in a garbage disposal. The thin membranes, located inside the shell, can become wrapped around the blades on your disposal. It is best to just throw egg shells away or place them in a compost.

Coffee grounds:
Although not a food item, coffee grounds are another item that should do be disposed of via a garbage disposal. The grounds will appear to go down the drain fine, but can get stuck in the trap of your disposal and eventually cause problems.

Bones of either the beef, lamb, pork or chicken variety should not be placed in your garbage disposal. The bones are too tough and will get caught in the disposal. The one exception to this rule is fish bones. They are brittle enough to not cause any problems going down the garbage disposal.

Starchy or stringy vegetables:
Vegetables such as lettuce, kale, artichokes, rhubarb, celery, asparagus and potato peels can wrap around the disposal’s blades and clog the drain, due to the fact that these vegetables are fibrous and stringy.

Seeds and fruit pits:
Stone pits from fruits such as apricots, nectarines, plums, peaches, mangoes, cherries, olive and avocado pits will damage a garbage disposal and should not be disposed of by putting them down the drain.

To properly care for your garbage disposal, you should avoid putting the items listed above down the garbage disposal. Although garbage disposal cleaning is something you will have to do on occasion, even if you take good care of it, you can reduce damage done to the disposal and reduce the care it requires by being careful with what you place in your disposal. Use Glisten's Disposer Care, Disposer & Drain Foaming Cleaner every few weeks to keep your garbage disposal running in tip top shape. Garbage disposal cleaning and maintenance is important to keep your machine running for years to come.