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The garbage disposal unit is one of the most underappreciated inventions of the previous century. It is installed under the kitchen sink, and is widely used across the globe for getting rid of food particles.

When there are tiny food particles left on the plate, it can be a little bit difficult to get rid of them all. It’s quite tedious getting rid of the food particles, packing them in a bag and then chucking them in a bin.

Instead of that, you should consider installing a garbage disposal unit (although they aren’t safe to use in all plumbing circumstances).

Simply put all of the food particles inside, and it’s going to shred all of them to a very small length, thus, making sure that nothing gets stuck in the drain as it passes through.

This prevents drain clogging and plumbing issues later on. Garbage disposal units usually contain a high torque motor that is capable of shredding the waste.

It’s mounted horizontally above a circular turntable, and a splash guard is also installed to prevent the food from coming upward.

It’s a very practical appliance that is used for getting rid of an assortment of food scraps and waste, many of which can create unpleasant odors and make life difficult for you in the kitchen. With a garbage disposal, cleaning up is quite easy after dinner.

However, you should know that there are a few foods that can cause significant damage to your garbage disposal. They might go down the drain, but they can eat through the blades and can significantly reduce the performance of your garbage disposal.

Many people often put vegetable peels and fruit skins into their garbage disposal without thinking twice, and end up with a big problem on their hands.

Foods That Destroy the Garbage Disposal

There are quite a few foods that can cause damage to your garbage disposal. These include fatty or greasy foods, and will create a layer of film around the garbage disposal, which is ultimately going to create a horrible smell.

On the other hand, you should avoid putting fruit seeds and pits down the drain as well. They can easily make the blades go blunt within a short while.

Bones, egg shells, tea leaves, and other nonfood items such as cigarette butts should never be thrown down the garbage disposal. They are all items that can cause serious damage to the disposal.

What About Citrus Peels?

A lot of people often wonder whether or not orange peels can go in the disposal or not. Generally, citrus peels are considered safe as long as they’re cut into very small chunks, and they’re even thought to have a cleaning effect on the garbage disposal.

Lemon and orange peels tend to cut through the fat and the grease buildup and will produce a very fresh odor.

If you want to clean your garbage disposal, putting some ice down it can also work. As long as you are careful, your garbage disposal will continue to work without any problems at all.


I have a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and over 10 years of experience working in IT. As a homeowner, I love working on projects around the house, and as a father, I love investigating various ways to keep my family safe (whether or not this involves tech). I've also played guitar for almost 20 years and love writing music, although it's hard to find the time these days.

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  1. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS Reply

    JACK: Sarah. Would you mind throwing my orange rinds down the garbage disposal? They are on the counter and I am late for work.
    SARAH: I don’t think that I should do that. I DON’T WANT TO HURT YOUR PEELINGS!!

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