Never put these 16 foods down your garbage disposal

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Never put these 16 foods down your garbage disposal
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The garbage disposal is a hard-working yet often overlooked component of many kitchens. This device handles just about everything we toss its way — until you put the wrong thing down the drain!

You might be tempted to call your home warranty company when your garbage disposal fails. But home warranties aren’t always as good as they seem when the chips are down.

So maybe the best solution is to treat your garbage disposal right so it won’t break down in the first place!

You’ll get the most life out of yours if you avoid putting the following foods down the drain, according to Delish and Angie’s List. They all have a bad reputation for contributing to the kind of clogs that can mean an expensive call to the plumber.

Read more: 7 dirty kitchen habits you probably don’t know you have

16 foods that don’t mix with a garbage disposal!

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado pits
  • Bones
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Coffee grounds
  • Corn husks
  • Egg shells
  • Grease
  • Lettuce
  • Onion skins
  • Pasta
  • Peach pits
  • Potato peels
  • Raw meat with bones

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo is director of content for clark.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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