A+J Unsolicited Advice: Never Put Pasta Down Your Garbage Disposal

Did you know that you aren’t suppose to put pasta down your garbage disposal? I didn’t until I read a Huffington Post article that noted that becuase pasta expands when it comes into contact with water, when it gets put down the drain it can continue to expand every time water goes down, ultimately clogging your drain over time. If it doesn’t clog your drain, it will fill up the disposal trap. As a sidetone, the same goes for rice. Needless to say, lesson learned! I swear this is one of those things that you don’t even think about sometimes because you think to yourself “It’s a garbage disposal everything can go down there…right?”  Wrong!


If you’re wondering what other items you shouldn’t put in the garbage disposal check out a few from the short list below.

Grease / Oil – It should be a given, but just in case you didn’t know when you pour hot grease down the garbage disposal and it cools it solidifies in the drain causing build up. So just don’t do it.



Starchy or Stringy Vegetables – Potatoes and Celery are a bad idea fir the garbage disposal because they can wrap around the blade and clog your drain.



Coffee Grounds – As tempting as it may be its a bad idea to put coffee grounds down the disposal because the grounds will build up over time and become sediment in the pipes. 

coffee grounds

Egg Shells – Egg shells are best for the compost as the thing membrane on the inside of the shell can wrap itself around the blade.

egg shells

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