When your belly is filled to the brim with delicious turkey and warm, gooey, mashed potatoes, the last thing you want to be doing is trying to fix your garbage disposal! Make your Thanksgiving cleanup a quick one, so you can kick back and get back to being with your family. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can make sure your garbage disposal is in good working order, all before your Thanksgiving company arrives!


Garbage Disposal Cleaning Tips


Using your garbage disposal from day to day tends to make for easy cleaning. One of the most common things people forget to do, is to run your disposal at least once a day. This will prevent clogs and unwanted objects, such as silverware, from staying in your disposal too long. Clogs, over time, will cause damage. Before your guests arrive, give your disposal a test run!



  • Instead of using warm water, try rinsing with cold water when using your garbage disposal. The food and leftover scraps in your disposal are trying to be broken up into pieces. Hot water melts and expands food, making it a lot harder for food to exit your drain pipes.
  • Big chunks of food need to be sliced up beforehand, to prevent drain damage. You can’t expect the disposal to grind it up completely, as well as the other food it’s trying to cut up at the same time.
  • Run your disposal for a longer period of time, at least a minute. This will give you assurance that the food went down the drain the pipes. Also, run water for 20 seconds after.

Avoid the following foods and objects from entering your garbage disposal: oil, grease, potato peels, bones, seeds, pits, pasta, rice, and, of course, no glass or metal objects!

If you follow these simple tips, your garbage disposal will be running smoothly and effectively! Cox Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency plumbing services. Our team of experienced plumbers can offer you 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Cox Plumbing is family owned and we pride ourselves on treating each customer as family. For more information about Cox Plumbing, visit our website at www.Coxplumbingcoinc.com or give us a call at (262) 542-6921.