How to care for your waste shredder: 7 steps

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How to care for your waste shredder: 7 steps
How to care for your waste shredder: 7 steps

A waste shredder, also known as a waste disposal unit or waste disposal unit, is a device under the sink that shreds food waste so that it can pass through the water supply. A waste disposer is a great solution to keep the smell of old trash away from the trash can and the kitchen.


Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 1
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 1

Step 1. Keep any overly hard debris away from the shredder

It will become dull and less effective. Small solid objects can get stuck in rotating parts. Each sink mesh has its own capacity for solid objects. More expensive models of the same brand usually have their own capacity for solid objects. The manual usually specifies the list of additions to avoid. You can also get some experience with your own garbage net in the sink. Hard fiber can also clog some meshes. If something might be more difficult than removing the handles, then just put it in the trash can, or consider setting up a composting bucket. There are some points to avoid:

  • Hard shells of shrimp, crabs and other crustaceans
  • Cracked Popcorn Kernels
  • Hard bones
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 2
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 2

Step 2. Do not put fibrous or starchy waste in the shredder

Both can cause particularly stubborn pipe blockages (fibers become entangled and starches swell). The following parts should be placed in the net at minimum magnification, preferably cut into small pieces or not at all:

  • Banana peels
  • Celery
  • Peelings from potatoes
  • Corn husk or corn cobs
  • Artichokes
  • Coffee grounds (quantity) or coffee filters
  • Coffee
  • Fruit pits and tough seeds from items like avocados or peaches
  • Onion hulls (unless you are very careful to completely remove the thin membranes of each that might rotate around the chopping ring)
  • Eggshells should not be placed in the net, as they turn into a gritty substance that clogs the pipelines.
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 3
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 3

Step 3. Everything listed above is easy to compost - see composting notes by following the link below

Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 4
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 4

Step 4. Avoid placing debris or solid objects at the bottom of the net

Common sense will go a long way, but there are a few things to avoid here:

  • Wire lock, metal tab for opening a tin can, pharmacy rubber band
  • Glass, screws, nails
  • Instruments hardware
  • Cigarette butts or bottle caps, paper, plastic. Plastic or other rubbish
  • Cloths, twine, rags, or sponges
  • Plants or cuttings from flowers
  • Kids toys
  • Hair
  • Fat
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 5
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 5

Step 5. Grind large items into smaller pieces

If they are too big, like melon skins, cut them into small pieces and place them one at a time in the net instead of trying to shove a large amount at once.

If you find yourself in the midst of a large number of large pieces that need to be cut into pieces, it may be best to put them in the compost or trash can

Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 6
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 6

Step 6. Turn on cold water while the waste shredder is on.

Keep the steamer and water flowing for 30-60 seconds AFTER the waste has cleared your pipe. The waste is still at such a distance to move on. Cold water keeps the hydraulic motor, bearings and crusher parts from overheating. It also allows for easier disposal of waste because the water presses on it. Do not use hot water because it can melt the fat and allow it to strengthen the congestion further down the drain.

Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 7
Maintain a Garbage Disposal Step 7

Step 7. Clean it regularly

  • Clean the inside of the rubber in the center of the sink along with the trash chute leading to the disposal. It gets very dirty and gives off an odor when not cleaned. Just wipe it off with a paper towel.
  • Throw some ice at it occasionally. While ice will not sharpen chutes (as is commonly believed), it knocks down the build-up of debris on sharp edges that keep them from grinding food properly. For best results, make special ice cubes with pure lemon juice or vinegar, or alternate with biodegradable detergent (label them in your freezer!). Coated and sealed ice trays used in the freezer as a detergent, and do not reuse food or beverage trays after using them for detergent. When using a garbage chute, remember to turn on cold water at the same time.
  • Use orange peels or any citrus peels to freshen the chute and keep it smelling and clean, but cut them into slices first, as large chunks of citrus peels, like half a lemon, can clog the waste grinder. You can also use citrus pieces that have been in use for a long time, but are not too spoiled and smell good. You can freeze these pieces first if you like.


  • Read the instructions for your model before attempting a home repair. Most waste shredders have an electric reset button and an Allen wrench manual for no jamming. If the waste disposal unit stops working, its internal switch may turn it off. Turn the key definitely and try to pull out the hard object that might be stuck there. Then, using a suitable size hex wrench, rotate the rotor parts (usually just below the center of the block). * If it turns out, then press the reset button. He usually clicks. Then turn on the water and test the force again.
  • In case the waste disposer becomes clogged, turn off the power and look under the sink. There is a place in the center of the motor shaft, on the bottom of the unit, where you can use a socket wrench and manually start the motor. Give the motor a few circular motions to let it shut off. Remove the allen wrench before trying to start the engines again. Alternatively, press the reset button on the bottom of the device, if applicable.
  • Waste shredders when clogged with garbage are very noisy, somewhat unreliable, since you may not always know what will go there and what will not, and powerful and reliable are expensive. A lidded trash can that clogs up odors is a great alternative. Keep it right next to the counter on the sink so waste can go straight into it through the counter.
  • There are commercial products that are designed to clean up your waste disposer. One product is a biodegradable bag filled with cleaning powder that falls into a waste disposer; it foams as soon as you start the waste disposal with the tap.
  • Composting is a great alternative to using your waste shredder. Done correctly, it does not create odors and makes a good fertilizer for your garden or houseplants.


  • Do not touch the power switch while your hands are wet. This can cause shock.
  • Some water treatment systems are unable to cope with the increased volume of water and organic waste resulting from the use of kitchen furniture for waste disposal.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, place dishes, non-food materials, or hands in the waste disposer.
  • If you have a sump, you will need to set up your drainage tank to use a waste disposer.
  • Keep in mind that while this method appears to dispose of debris, it only moves debris downstream, which is found at the local wastewater treatment plant or your infected system or, in apartment buildings, resulting in potential problems for the neighbors below you. It also increases the amount of water you consume.
  • There are strict regulations for the installation of a waste disposer and are used in many countries.

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