Having a garbage disposal that gets rid of leftover food with the flick of a switch is a double-edged sword. While there are plenty of foods that are totally okay to put down the drain, such as meat scraps and fruit rinds, there are also many types that you should never put in your Niceville, FL disposal.

Egg Shells

Believe it or not, eggshells will not sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal. In fact, the shell’s membrane can stick to the sides of the disposal and cause it to malfunction.


Grease and oil wreak havoc on the disposal and your plumbing. You can avoid this expensive repair by letting the cooking grease solidify and disposing of it in a non-recyclable container. If you use a lot of oil when cooking, you can reuse your cooking oil. Simply let it cool and store in a glass jar.


Have you ever tried to cut through a chicken bone? Trying to dispose of bones down the drain can cause serious damage to your disposal and plumbing system.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds can be deceiving. Even though they go down easily, it’s not uncommon for them to build up in the drain and cause issues with your plumbing.


Whether you like spaghetti, fusilli or rigatoni, never toss the leftovers down the drain. Similar to when it’s cooking, pasta swells when submerged in water, clogging your disposal trap.

Potato Peels

Even if you only do it once in a while, potato peels and other starchy vegetables can build up and create clogs over time.

It’s easy to keep your Niceville, FL, garbage disposal as a useful kitchen appliance by avoiding these items that put a strain on the disposal and your plumbing. If you are having a problem with your disposal, call us to schedule a service appointment.