What Not To Put Down Your Garbage Disposal: Thanksgiving Edition

November 23rd, 2016 | Around The Home, Garbage Disposal

Keep Your Disposal Flowing This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, folks! We at Moffett Plumbing & Air Plumbing hope that you have a wonderful day filled with laughter, festivities, and of course, good food! Families across the country will spend a greater part of their day preparing delectable dishes and desserts. And while your friends and family may enjoy the food you have braised, boiled, barbecued, or baked, your plumbing is worried about what’s to come in the aftermath.

After everyone’s stomach feels full, happy, and regretful, it’s time to clean up – be careful what you put down your garbage disposal! Everyone dreads the cleanup process, but don’t let your disdain lead to carelessness. One of our busiest times of the year is the day after Thanksgiving; customers call us to repair – can you guess? – clogged disposals. Avoid having to put your family and festivities on hold by following our guidelines on what not to put down your disposal.

Fibrous Foods

You may not realize it, but Thanksgiving menus are full of fibrous foods. Avoid putting lettuce, onion peels, corn husks, asparagus, artichokes, and carrots down your disposal.

Grease, Fats & oils

What would a Thanksgiving turkey, chicken, or ham be without grease, fat, and oil? Unfortunately, these can accumulate on the shredding teeth, decreasing their effectiveness. Further, when grease solidifies, it can clog your disposal.


Potatoes are a key ingredient in many side dishes – baked potatoes, loaded mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, hashbrowns casserole. The starch from potatoes forms a thick paste that can cause the blades to stick.


After everyone’s picked apart the ham, turkey, or chicken, it’s time to discard the remains. Make sure these go into the trash! Your disposal simply can’t handle them.

Egg Shells

Many families will use a carton of eggs on a day like today. The egg’s membrane can get caught in the blades and after being ground, the shell will form into a sand-like substance that sticks in the trap.

Pits & Seeds

Whether you’re making an apple, cherry, peach, or pecan pie, make sure the remaining pits & seeds end up in the trash, not your garbage disposal. When thrown down the disposal, the outcome will only start a game of pinball.

Here Cause You Caused an Accident?

If you do happen to experience a hiccup on Thanksgiving, whether it is garbage disposal-related or not, we hope that you will give us a call. We’re committed to ensuring your safety, comfort, and peace of mind. We provide 24-hour emergency service so that we can address your concerns as soon as possible. Call Moffett Plumbing & Air, your trusted Orange County plumbing professional since 1969.

Moffett Plumbing & Air is a full-service, family owned & operated plumbing & HVAC company based out of Orange, CA. Follow our blog for valuable homeowner tips, and updates from your favorite team of plumbing professionals.