9. Dough

Dough

This includes pizza dough, bread dough, pita dough, baking dough, sourdough – almost every kind of dough. It’s glutinous, it’s super messy, and it sure can clog those drainage pipes. The same also holds true for any other kind of slime. If you must put it in the disposal, ensure that you completely dilute it using hot water, enough that it turns into a very thin liquid. Then pour it down the drain — or better still, into the compost bin.

8. Grease

Grease

If you love to cook deep-fried foods, then this might apply to you. As we rinse out our woks and utensils, we tend to allow that last bit of grease to slide through the drain, right into the disposal.

Now that is one huge ouch! Just as grease – and this includes all fats and oils – clogs your arteries, it can badly clog your plumbing lines too. And this is one grave situation that no fancy garbage disposal can sort out. So unless you have a plumber on call, save yourself this headache, and keep grease far away from your disposal can. Life is so much easier this way.

7. Hard Seeds, Shells, and Pits

Seeds

If you love those delicious mangoes, apricots, peaches, plums, lychees, or cherries, watch out for those unyielding pits. Believe us when we say that it is absolutely the pits when that hard nut obstructs an entire plumbing line.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your unassuming garbage disposal will chew it all up into oblivion. This also applies to ingredients which your own teeth refuse to chew. Corn cobs, any kind of shell and bone, and even plastic cutlery should all go into an external trash can.

Related: 11 Smart Ways to Use Baking Soda For Your Home

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