5 Tips on Furthering the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

Reblogger Joe Jackson
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty 277320

These tips are excellent for extending the life of a garbage disposal! Regular maintenance and proper usage can prevent issues and keep the disposal running smoothly. Thanks for sharing such practical and effective advice!

Have a super fantastic week!
Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Original content by Hugh Grant

Maintaining the efficiency and extending the lifespan of your garbage disposal is crucial for any household. It’s not just about keeping things running smoothly; it's also about avoiding costly repairs and replacements. With some simple care routines, you can ensure that your disposal system remains in top condition for years. Here are five tips on how to achieve this, brought to you by Blue Frog Plumbing + Drain.


Firstly, watch what you feed your disposal. Not everything is meant to be ground up. Avoid disposing of fibrous materials like celery stalks, corn husks, or banana peels because they can tangle and strain the motor. Similarly, cooking oils and grease should never go down your drain as they can solidify and clog the pipes. Coffee grounds, though seemingly harmless, can accumulate and create sediment blockages. Being mindful of what goes into your garbage disposal will not only extend its life but also reduce the likelihood of clogs and malfunctions.

Statistics show that this one mistake can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars in repairs, not just to the disposal itself, but also because of collateral water damage from leaks.


Secondly, keep it clean. After using your disposal, it’s a good idea to flush it with cold water for about 15 seconds to ensure all debris is pushed through the drain pipes. Occasionally, you can grind small pieces of lemon peel or ice cubes in the disposal to eliminate odors and sharpen the blades. These natural cleaners can help maintain a fresh smell and effective operation without the harsh effects of chemical cleaners.


Thirdly, run your garbage disposal regularly. Frequent use prevents rust and corrosion, ensures all parts stay moving, and prevents obstructions from building up. It's especially important to use it regularly if you’re not one to put much down the disposal. Just running it with water for a few seconds will help maintain its functionality.  Always follow the instructions included with your garbage disposal and you can’t go wrong. 


Fourthly, always use plenty of cold water when the disposal is running. Cold water solidifies any grease or oils that might have gotten into the unit, allowing the garbage disposal to chop it up before it reaches the trap, where it can congeal. Using cold water also helps to cool the motor, preventing overheating and potential damage.


Lastly, sharpen the blades. This doesn’t require you to manually sharpen the blades yourself but involves a simple trick: use ice cubes. By periodically running ice cubes through the disposal, the blades can be kept sharp as the ice chips away at any residue that’s built up on them, ensuring efficient operation.

By following these simple tips from Blue Frog Plumbing + Drain, you can enhance the functionality and longevity of your garbage disposal. Regular maintenance not only keeps your disposal in optimal condition but also contributes to the overall health of your home’s plumbing system. Implementing these practices can save you from the inconvenience and expense of unexpected repairs or replacements, keeping your kitchen running smoothly.

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