Myths About the Longevity of Your Garbage Disposal

Myths About the Longevity of Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is one of the most important kitchen machines. There’s nothing else that grinds and chores quite like this appliance. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misconceived and misinterpreted information about trash and recycling.

How Does a Garbage Disposal Work?

Garbage disposals use an electric-powered motor plugged into a socket, usually located at the back of your kitchen cabinetry. Every garbage disposal machine comes with a grinding chamber that has sharp impellers designed to break down food and water particles.

An impeller appendage and platter then further thrust the foodstuff and liquid down the sink channel. The water runs through the trash disposal while helping the grinder toil up larger elements before they enter the sewer system.

Now that you’re caught up on the inner working of a garbage disposal machine, here are four myths that surround its longevity.

Myth #1: Garbage Disposals Are a Waste of My Water and Energy

Did you know that running a garbage disposal every day only incurs as low as $1 cost per year? Many studies have revealed that the water required for breaking and grinding food waste in a garbage disposal averages to only one gallon per day.

If that seems a lot to you, then you should know that your residential toilet consumes around 20 gallons of water per flush.

Myth #2: Lemons Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Rubbing lime or lemon slices on your garbage disposal’s surface won’t make it smell or look any better.

Even worse, the pleasant citrus smell can actually mask the foul odors that might be warning sign of sewer clogs or a plumbing issues.

Myth #3: Garbage Disposals Have Sharp Blades

It might come to you as a surprise that garbage disposals don’t have blades. Instead, there are tiny impellers fitted across the grinding chamber that spin at a rapid speed forcing the food and liquid to mush up and form a paste.

So this automatically demystifies the notion that you can sharpen the blades inside a garbage disposal’s grinding chamber.

Things to Avoid Putting Down in a Garbage Disposal

If you really want to increase the lifespan and efficiency of your garbage disposal, you need to know what to and what not to put down a garbage disposal.

Here’s a list of food items that shouldn’t be allowed down the machine:

  • Leftover popcorn kernels
  • Fruits peels
  • Seeds
  • Stalks from green veggies
  • Corn husk
  • Bones from meat sources
  • Onion skins
  • Oils or fatty residue

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