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    Default Things that don't go down a disposer

    Things that don't go down a disposer

    Never pour grease or fat into a disposer.

    Grease
    Butter
    Crab shells
    Egg shells
    Fruit pits
    Bones
    Rice
    Starches
    Celery
    Corn husks
    Artichokes)
    Vegetable Peels

    A good disposer can grind up small bones and pits, an old one, not so much.
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    I am guilty of egg shells, thank God, I don't use that many. But, a big but, on Thanksgiving, before company came, lol, I cleaned out my fridge and I dumped, a nearly, full box of cooked spiral rigatoni's down the disposal! The results were not good. People came and, I had a mess under the sink, pipes apart, a clog that was unreal. I guess this might be classified---starches? I got the clog out, got the pipes put back, um, almost, the way they were, lol. With the aide of a small bucket underneath, I am calling it good until, my plumber friend comes to visit. That is Cass by the way, lol. He will fix it, he always fixes my handi work.

    NOW, I can tell you maybe, HOW to fix it, but, that surely, doesn't mean I CAN do it.... so, this stuff about giving away trade secrets, doesn't hold water.... maybe, I should take a picture under the sink to prove this, When, all else fails, tape it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    I cleaned out my fridge and I dumped, a nearly, full box of cooked spiral rigatoni's down the disposal!
    As far as I know, the disposers we use for old leftovers never gets clogged. And they often bring a pouch full of helpers.


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    By the way, I love your picture! Is he a pet?

    I love those. My husband and I once a discrepancy on those critters. At our camp, we would put food out to feed the racoons. So, I made up this plate and asked my hubby to go feed that nice looking kitty across the way. Now... mind you, I have used glasses since I was 13, and, his eyesight was not much better. lol. He obliged me as always, coming back looking all scraped up. In the dark, he tried to "pet" that nice kitty.
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    No, that's just an old puppy crate behind her. They come up from the woods at night and make the rounds of the neighborhood scavenging for food. Rest of the family thinks they're creepy but they're actually quite shy and gentle and have never given us any trouble. They really will eat almost anything. We don't use the disposer any more than necessary; I'm getting too old to get on the roof and snake the drain, LOL.

    Raccoons, though, are a different matter. They're very aggressive and determined to come through the pet door to raid the dog food.
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    I heard if you put a mirror across from the doggie door, it will make the raccoons hesitate of coming back.
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    Poor acquaintance of mine, was helping her little boy change the water to their small fish tank, and, all the stones went down the disposal! The fish lived. Disposal didn't.

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