How to Care for and Feed Your Garbage Disposer

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Every time a plumber comes out to unclog my kitchen sink, he tells me about one more thing I should not put down my garbage disposer. So the question I posed to Diamond Certified plumbers is what can I use this appliance for? They say it’s best to stick with little things, like coffee grounds, apple cores and lemon peels. You should run the water into the disposer for 1-2 minutes after the food is gone! Ice cubes are good for disposals because they cut grease and sharpen the blades. Do not use your sink’s disposer for anything that creates starches (potato peels and rice), fibrous fruits and vegetables (celery, banana peels and artichoke leaves) and don’t dump things like big dishes of leftovers into the appliance. Remember that your disposer is not a garbage can.