How to Use Your Garbage Disposal | Plumbing & A/C Medic

How to Use Your Garbage Disposal

Gurgle, grind, woosh are the sounds of garbage disposal getting rid of waste from your kitchen sink — but that’s only if you’re using it correctly. Just like putting your directional on when switching lanes, it’s important to take a few important steps into consideration before making a move and tossing any object down the disposal. If you need a refresher course, then here’s the best way to use your garbage disposal:

Think About What You’re Tossing

Unlike throwing out something in the garbage can nearby, a garbage disposal should be treated with TLC. If you fail to acknowledge this, then you can break your garbage disposal altogether. That being said, you’ll want to avoid tossing these items down your disposal:

  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Plastic
  • Metal

While these are only a few of the many things you should avoid tossing, if you happen to question an object’s density (i.e., a peach pit), then it’s best to toss it out in the garbage can nearby. This will not only preserve your disposal, but it will help keep your kitchen sink in the clear!

The Process

Once you’ve established that what you’re tossing is garbage disposal safe, it’s time to use your device. Here’s the best way to do it:

Run the Water

Before you turn your garbage disposal on or start shoving anything into it, make sure that the water is running at full speed. You’ll want to make sure that the stream of water is aiming directly into the disposal since this will help lubricate it and make disposing of a breeze.

Turn the Disposal On

Once the water is running directly into the disposal, it’s time to turn the device on. After turning it on, let it run for a few seconds to make sure that it’s running smoothly. If everything is good to go, then it’s time to start the best part: the actual disposal!


Before shoving the object down the disposal, you’ll want to make sure that they’re small enough to fit into the disposal. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that they’re being placed in there slowly, too. This will not only help make the process smoother, but it will help break up the item in the most successful way. Of course, please make sure that the water is still running since this will help tremendously in the process.

The Final Step

Once the item is broken up, let the disposal run for a few additional seconds before turning it off. After you shut it off, it’s time to turn the water off and the process is officially complete!

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