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What NOT to Put In Your Garbage Disposal!

One of the most common calls plumbers get is to "get rid of this clog." So this blog is here to help you know what not to put down your drains so your pipes will run clean and you won't have to call a plumber!

Your toilet is the last thing you want to have clogged and backed up, so avoid flushing these things:
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (even if they say they are flushable)
  • Paper Towels and Facial Tissues
  • Diapers
  • Medication
  • Kitty Litter
  • Cleaning/Disinfectant Wipes
Your garbage disposal is something that is so useful, you can sometimes forget that it does have limitations. Many of these things will gum up the gears (or break them), clog your pipes, or stick everything and the rot will cause a horrible smell! These things are a "no go" when using your disposal:
  • Grease & Oil
  • Rice, Pasta, Anything That Swells
  • Egg Shells
  • Non-Edible Food Items
  • Animal Bones
  • Harsh Chemicals
  • Fibrous Vegetables like celery, asparagus, etc.
  • Coffee Grounds 
    • This one is controversial because coffee grounds seem harmless and easy to grind. After all, they are ground to make coffee, right? Coffee grounds do not cause any damage to the disposal, actually, they are a good material to grind to sharpen and clean the grinding components, but they can cause really bad clogs in the pipeline, which is why coffee grounds are not advised to be thrown down a disposal. 
  • Onion Skins And Potato Peels
  • Spoons And Utensils
However, if you see this list and you have already messed up and are looking for help in the Mansfield or Ashland, Ohio area, we can help! For emergency work and all other plumbing services, don’t hesitate to give Shakley Mechanical a call at 419-281-6909. Our team is happy to assist you! Shakely Mechanical offers 24-hour response to get your plumbing service needs resolved quickly.  Learn more about us at


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