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10 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

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The first mistake we all make with our garbage disposal system is using it as a replacement for trash. It's easy to shove anything you want in there and just flip the switch, but this is a big no-no!

The machine in your sink is used to shred waste into small pieces so that it won't block your pipes. However, that doesn't mean you can put just about any type of food in there. If your disposal is not properly maintained, it can become your next household headache.

Here are 10 things you should never put in your garbage disposal.

1. Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are already crushed up, so you'd think they would easily go down your garbage disposal. In fact, they only cause a sludgy mess and clog up your drain.

2. Bones

Meat bones are undoubtedly hard to break apart, which means your garbage disposal will have an equally hard time. Your blades are likely to get damaged beyond repair.

3. Certain grains

Grains like oatmeal and pasta absorb water and expand. This will ultimately clog your drain and wreak a lot of havoc.

4. Nuts

Shredded nuts can cause a lot of damage to your overall disposal system because they turn into sticky paste.

5. Onion Skins

Onion skins can also wrap around the blades or clog up the disposal.

Be careful you don't put these next five items in your disposal!

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