Cooking is a fun and creative endeavor for many; cleaning up afterward is the worst aspect of it. Garbage disposals are an excellent and efficient way to keep on top of cleaning but can be clogged by certain foods.
Can you put potato peels in the garbage disposal? Read on to discover why they can cause issues and how to remove blockages.
Why Shouldn't Potato Peels Be Put in a Garbage Disposal?
While you can easily remove some waste via a garbage disposal, potato peels can cause system issues. The high levels of starch within the potato peels mean that they can form a paste when chopped up and combined with small amounts of water. This paste can clog your garbage disposal system or your blades, creating potentially expensive issues down the line.
Potato peels typically clog the pipes themselves or the blades, causing a bacteria build-up, clogs, and unpleasant smells. We recommend avoiding putting potato peels down the drain, but accidents can happen.
If you have them stuck in your system, we have tips on how to get potato peels out of the garbage disposal and get it up and running again.
What to Do When Potato Peels Get Stuck in a Drain
Remove the clog
Clean the trap
Clear the pipe clog
There are a few ways to clear a pipe clog. We recommend trying to use a plunger or a drain snake first. If these methods are unsuccessful, you could try:
The baking soda and vinegar method:
The salt and baking soda method:
If these methods do not work, try using a commercial drain cleaner. Do not use a commercial cleaner before trying these methods as that can cause damage to your garbage disposal.
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People also Ask (FAQs)
How should you dispose of potato peels or skins if they don't go in a waste disposer?
We recommend putting potato peels into the compost or trash bins rather than into a waste disposal system.
Should you run water when using the garbage disposal?
That depends on your garbage disposal; consult your manual for specific guidelines.
Is hot or cold water better for garbage disposal?
Run cold water unless there is a clog, in which case use hot water.
What does it mean when your garbage disposal stinks?
A smelly garbage disposal can mean a food or bacteria build-up is present within the system that needs to be cleaned out. Follow our steps above to improve your garbage disposal's smell and function.
How often should you clean your garbage disposal?
We recommend giving your garbage disposal a thorough clean once every two weeks.
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