The Do’s and Don’ts for Keeping a Happy Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are probably the coolest contraptions we use in our kitchens today. They have the ability to chop down food and waste until it is in small enough pieces to empty out the back drains. It saves us time and leftover waste thrown away for the landfills. Though these machines continue to amaze us, they are also fragile systems that require care and attention to keep them in perfect condition.

Here are 3 Do’s and 3 Don’ts when it comes to garbage disposal and maintenance:


  • Bleach: Do not pour bleach down your garbage disposal. The bleach will damage the disposal seals and slowly erode your machine. Instead, use natural substitutes like orange or lemon peels, baking soda, or vinegar to take care of the problem.
  • Turn it off: Do not turn your garbage disposal off mid-cycle. Keep the running water going before, during, and after the cycle to keep the chopping mechanism working smoothly.
  • Clog it: Things like potato peels, fibrous foods, grease, and eggshells will give your garbage disposal blockages over time.


  • Running water: Be sure to have water running the entire time you use the disposal, and especially once you’re done grinding the food. It helps the disposal to flush out any remaining particles.
  • Cold water: Cold water specifically helps cool the motor after the garbage disposal has been used. When you’re done grinding your food, run cold water to calm the machine down so it’s ready to be used the next time around.
  • Check for leaks: Like any household appliance, garbage disposals can break and leak at anytime. A great place to look is around your cabinets and under the sink to ensure it’s working properly.


Garbage disposals are intricate kitchen machines that require professional assistance for fixing. Not to mention, with the rotating blades, they are incredibly dangerous to fix at-home. Call us here at Home Angels to make sure it’s done safely.


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