Here’s your bit of trivia for the day! Did you know that only half of U.S. households have a garbage disposal? That makes it pretty likely that you will encounter a garage disposal somewhere soon if you don’t already have one in your home. At Strittmatter, we want to make sure you know everything you should know about garbage disposals, so check out our three biggest tips.
1. Not everything can go down a garbage disposal.
It may seem like the garbage disposal can get rid of anything. It’s a powerful machine, but it can’t handle everything. The truth is that certain food scraps can cause big problems when run through the garbage disposal. Below are foods and items that should be tossed in the regular trash instead of put down the sink.
- coffee grounds
- potato peels
- fruit scraps
- most vegetable scraps
- cooked meat scraps
- banana peels
Keeping this list in mind can keep your garbage disposal running correctly and efficiently.
2. Keep it clean.
One of the best ways to keep your garbage disposal clean is to keep potentially harmful foods out of it. By being careful about what you put down the garbage disposal, you’re already headed in the right direction to keeping your garbage disposal up and running. But sometimes, even if you’re cautious, the garbage disposal can end up smelling a little… funky. If you trace the bad smells in your kitchen to your garbage disposal, there are a few things you can do to banish the odor.
Try tossing a handful of ice cubes down the drain, turning on the water and running the disposal. This method helps clean off any stinky food particles that are stuck to the blades. Another variation of this trick is to make vinegar ice cubes to put down the sink. The vinegar acts as an extra deodorizer and can help neutralize any bad smells.
3. If something seems wrong, call Strittmatters!
If your garbage disposal has seen better days, or if it’s time to upgrade to something more efficient, call Strittmatters. We can help you find a garbage disposal perfect for your needs. We’ll have an expert plumber meet you to install your new garbage disposal when it’s convenient for you. We service the entire Denton area and we’re committed to providing the best service possible. Give us a call and we’ll show you the difference Strittmatter makes.
And here’s one more bonus piece of trivia for you before you go! Did you know that the garbage disposal was invented in 1927? Now look at you, you’re a garbage disposal knowledge wiz!