Garbage disposals work differently than most think. Commonly, most of us think there are blades inside, like a blender, that grind up the scraps we throw into it. There are no "blades" per say instead, impellers (or lugs) mounted on a spinning plate use centrifugal force to continuously force food waste particles against a stationary grind ring. The grind ring breaks down the food waste into very fine particles - virtually liquefying them. Once ground, the running water flushes the particles through the grind ring and out of the disposer and into your wastewater pipe.
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Proper Use: Always run water prior to turning on the garbage disposal and only turn off the water after all of the refuse sounds like it has been completely disposed of.
Never put the following items into your disposal:
○ Large vegetable peels
○ Corn husks
○ Bones (of any kind)
○ Shells from seafood
○ Fruit pits
○ Coffee grounds
○ Egg shells
○ Non- organic waste (ie: glass, paper, metal, etc)
Cleaning and maintenance for your disposal:
Cut a lemon in half, remove the seeds, and squeeze the juice from the lemon half into the disposal. Turn on the water then the disposal; drop the lemon halves into the disposal while the water is still running until the disposal sounds like it has disposed of the lemon.The oils from the lemon will clean the impellers and deodorize the disposal. If the disposal is sluggish, take two handfuls of ice and put into the disposal while running the water, while it does not "sharpen the blades" it does knock off any debris buildup on the grinding ring that keeps them from grinding food properly.
To keep your garbage disposal from rusting use it periodically, even if you generally do not use a garbage disposal. Not using a garbage disposal can cause it to rust and eventually it will create a hole that will leak.
Disposal Use & Care