Post # 1
Let me know your stance on this:
Darling Husband and I bicker constantly about things that should/shouldn’t go down the disposal. He says it is just for in-case purposes if something accidently gets washed down the drain. I learned the the disposal is for basically food and other disposable things such as chunks of chicken, grated carrots, garlic clove skins, leftovers rinsed off of plates, etc. Obviously, I don’t put things like bones or metal or antying else stuipd down there, but I rinse everyting down there and grind it up.
He will come over to the sink while I”m cooking and go “REALLY??” and scoop onion skins, the ribs/middle of green peppers, carrot chunks, etc. out of the sink and dramatically dump it in the trashcan. He swears that I am screwing up the sink/plumbing/balance of the universe by doing this, and the disposal is just there “in case”. You should see his face the first tiem he same me cutting lemons into small chunks to grind them up as a freshener. That’s what my parents did/how we did things in my house, and no plumbing issues ever…but we can’t see to agree!
In your house (assuming you have a disposal): is the disposal ONLY for emergencies/wayward bits that have accidently gotten rinsed down? Or is it for any and all food items that can be ground up?
Post # 3
Nobody overseas that I know of have garbage disposals and I desperately miss mine. Instead we take all the things you mentioned and throw them in our biofall container….grass clippings, leaves, and food waste. No packaging.
It breaks down into a compost type material and that is how we are “supposed” to empty our food waste….I honestly can’t get into the habit of putting that crap in newspaper and taking it to our trash every single time….so it goes in our regular trash. My friend was told by a local to “flush” all her old food….I can’t seem to do that either.
But at least I recycle everything else!
Post # 4
I voted “in-case” only but my Fiance is just like you! We have the same debate, just the other way around! I say “in-case” because I once had the disposial back up into the dishwasher and there were pieces of food on the dishes every time I ran it, ugh!!!!
Post # 5
I agree with you, @MrsDrRose612. We only put things that can be ground up down there (no bones or anything)–that’s what it’s for.
Post # 6
Your Darling Husband sounds like my dad. My dad is like this in their house, me and my mom used to still always put everything down there. In our house Darling Husband and I will put any food that is leftover down the disposal. If I put it in the trash I would always have to empty it.
Post # 7
That’s what it’s for! To make cleaning dishes, and cooking easier! We grind up everything we can (Except for bones and medal). Never had a problem! My parent’s house never had one, and when I go there and cook, or clean of my dish, it’s so akward because everything has to go in the trash, and then if food does get in the drain, you have to clean it out. ick.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
All of the stuff you mentioned gets composted in our house. We don’t have a disposal because we are on a septic system.
Post # 9
Actually it’s going to depend on the capabilities of your disposal. Most of the older ones, and the lower-horsepower newer ones, would do better with just the bits that get away from you, but the new high-horsepower ones are much better at all sorts of scraps.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I think it’s somewhere in the middle. I’ve had my fair share of disposal-related plumming issues to deal with (all in newer places, so I’m not talking about 80 year old pipes or anything), so I stick to things like the tops of strawberries and what we scrub off dishes. And, I run it often… I don’t wait until I’ve cored a half gallon of berries. I don’t put onion skins, bones, egg shells, coffee grinds, etc. in there. Lemon skins and orange skins are totally fine if cut up some to freshen the disposal.
Post # 11
@mrsSonthebeach: oh Darling Husband HAAAAAAAAAAATES when I put egg shells down there. I haven’t had an issues with ANYTHING plumbing related (yet, fingers crossed) so I just keep on my merry way, grinding things up and loving every second of it. I am kinda OCD about it so I run it often, not letting like, several meals worth of ingredients/scraps accumulate.
Post # 12
Can I vote for a middle ground? haha!
We definitely use ours to dispose of food but only smaller amounts of it. For us, lots of leftovers or large scraps go in the trash instead. One warning though.. never put a bunch of cooked rice down the disposal.. made that $200 plumbing mistake once & never again!
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@roxy821: I agree. Plus, who wants rotting food in their kitchen trash can?
@tampabride1006: When you use the disposal make sure to let it run for at least 30-60 second after it sounds like it done chopping up the waste then turn it off and let the water run for another 30-60 seconds to clear it through the pipes. The last part is the key to keeping your disposal from backing up into your sink and/or dishwasher.
Post # 14
If I’m peeling a bunch of potatoes and carrots and onions (like when I make beef stew) I will scoop the peels out of the sink and throw them away because I don’t want to overload it. Which I have before. But if it’s random stuff here and there I put it in the disposal.
Post # 15
I don’t put EVERYTHING down there, but I agree that’s what it’s for. Especially the lemons! They make it smell so much nicer. H always dumps the coffee grounds in there, which makes me nervous, but I’ve read they are good for cleaning the blades actually?
Post # 16
haha Darling Husband does this too! He yells at me for having a little slice of tomato down there. i tell him it’s for grinding up food. I obviously don’t put everything down there but I pretty much agree with you!