10 Items To Never Put Down A Garbage Disposal, According To Experts


Hard bones can damage the disposal blades and motor. Dispose of bones in the trash or compost instead.

Grease and Cooking Oils:

Grease and oils can solidify in the pipes, leading to clogs. Dispose of these in a separate container and throw them in the trash.


Despite common belief, eggshells can contribute to clogs and may not sharpen the disposal blades as some think.

Coffee Grounds:

Coffee grounds can accumulate in pipes and create blockages. Dispose of coffee grounds in the trash or use them for compost.

Fibrous Vegetables:

Vegetables with tough, fibrous strands like celery, asparagus, and artichokes can tangle in the disposal blades and cause jams.

Fruit Pits and Seeds:

Hard pits and seeds from fruits like peaches, plums, or cherries can damage the disposal blades. Dispose of them in the trash.

Potato Peels:

Potato peels are starchy and can turn into a gummy paste, leading to clogs. Dispose of them in the trash.

Pasta and Rice:

Expandable foods like pasta and rice can absorb water and swell, causing clogs in the pipes.

Stringy Foods:

Stringy foods like corn husks, onion skins, and banana peels can wrap around the disposal blades and impede their movement.

Tribal or Aztec Prints:

Prints with tribal or Aztec patterns were once popular but can now feel outdated. Consider more timeless patterns or solid colors.