If you're like many homeowners, there are few things you value more than the power of your garbage disposal. This amazing innovation allows an easy way to get rid of food waste. It makes scraping dishes before running the dishwasher easier.

That being said, all homeowners should also make sure they're aware of what not to put in a garbage disposal. Yes, these machines are strong and durable. But there are a few things you can sink down the sink that can really be potentially damaging.

Read on, and we'll walk you through a brief list of what to avoid sending down the garbage disposal.

  1. Coffee Grounds

If you're looking to keep your keep the health of your garbage disposal up, you should avoid this one big mistake. Sure, coffee grounds are small, and it seems like an easy and innocent task to send them down the garbage disposal. 

However, you could be setting yourself up for serious trouble down the line. 

Coffee grounds can take on that wet, clumpy form that you're likely used to seeing. This is the exact kind of substance you don't want in your sink pipes, as it can easily cause clogging

Some people put coffee grounds down the sink on purpose, trying to get their sink line to smell better. If this is your goal, you should really consider going about it in a different way. It's easy, and maybe even essential to find out more about alternative ways to clean your disposal.

The future of your sink drainage might depend on it. 

  1. Bones From Meat Products

Your garbage disposal may be strong, but it's not a superhero. It's not meant to be able to turn incredibly dense materials, such as bones, into little pieces.

Most homeowners know not to send bones down the drain, but others do it with little regard to the health of their trusty garbage disposal. 

If you've sent one or two down that way in the past, there's no reason to worry. The disposal can handle a bone or two every once in a blue moon. But if you get in the regular practice of sending these types of materials down the drain?

You're setting yourself up for a broken piece of equipment. Send them to the trash or compost bin if you want to be responsible.

  1. Oatmeal

Once again, oatmeal might seem like a small and innocent thing to send down the sink drain. However, with oatmeal there's a real threat of expansion once water mixes with the material.

Uncooked oats especially are likely to make it through the disposal only to grow in size when water comes rushing down later. These larger, soggy oats can become a serious roadblock to other food that needs to come down and pass by your drainage. 

Pasta is another food that presents a very similar problem. It's best to keep these ever-expanding food items out of the sink and send them straight to the trash. Just in case. 

  1. Onion Skins

You might use onions in a lot of what you cook in your kitchen. And yes, it's more than fine to send onion pieces down the drain, where they are easily ground up by the disposal and sent out to the sewer. 

It's the very thin skin that you peel off that you should be more wary about, at least where your sink is concerned. Onion skin is so thin that it will possibly pass through your disposal without getting ground up at all.

Instead, it can sit in your sink drainage at normal size, getting wet and sticking to the sides.

Not only does this mean you won't really be getting rid of it, but this stuck onion skin can also start to act as a net. It can catch other food and prevent it from properly heading down the drain. Before you know it, you might have a smelly excess food stoppage blocking up your whole disposal unit.

Disposing of onion skins properly can ensure you avoid two problems at once.

  1. Nuts

It's become something of a trend in this list: you have something in your hand that's small and seems easy enough to grind up, so you throw it down the disposal. What you're forgetting is the form something might take once ground up.

This is certainly the case when we talk about various kinds of nuts, which you should avoid putting down your disposal at all costs. 

When nuts are ground up, they tend to become more of a paste. That is, of course, where peanut butter tends to come from. As you can imagine, peanut butter is one of the last things you want to send down your sink. That kind of dense and sticky substance is even resistant to water and can cause serious issues. 

However, putting solid nuts down there is only a hair better. Once ground up, they are very likely to create the same problem. If you have to get rid of nuts, it's better to toss them in the trash can than in the sink. 

What Not To Put In A Garbage Disposal

As a homeowner, it's important to be aware of what not to put in a garbage disposal. Failure to be aware of the above threats can put you in an awful situation with your sink. It might even force you to lose money bringing a professional out.

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