What Not to Put in a Garbage Disposal

Since its invention in 1927, people have used the garbage disposal to rid the kitchen of slimy, sticky and stinky things. Since that exciting day, the garbage disposal has become an indispensable appliance for many homeowners. Despite what you may have heard, unfortunately not everything can go into a garbage disposal. You may be using it as a trash can, but some everyday kitchen items can really harm your disposal. Here is a list of what  DOES / DOES NOT go into your garbage disposal:


  • Grease
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Vegetable peels
  • Pasta and rice
  • Oil
  • Stringy veggies (ex: celery)
  • Pits and seeds
  • Tea leaves bags
  • Non-food items


  • Cooked meats
  • Citrus (cut up pieces of citrus helps w/smells)
  • Bread
  • Cooked veggies
  • Fruit
  • Small food scraps
  • Ice cubes
  • Cold water (always run when in use)

The old adage of “less is more” definitely applies to the garbage disposal. Only small amounts of table scraps should go into the disposal. If you find that something has caused a clog or jam, give us a call - we are here to help!