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Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

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If you're the proud owner of a garbage disposal, then you know how convenient it is -- it gets rid of excess kitchen scraps while reducing your amount of trash (not to mention, it's a cathartic way to end a long day -- just chuck something down and watch it go!). We'd like to think there's nothing a garbage disposal can't do, but that's not necessarily true -- case in point, have you ever accidentally dropped a spoon down there? Not a pretty sight. Yes, it has a powerful motor and blade, but there are certain things you shouldn't be putting down the disposal -- and we don't mean obvious things like utensils -- or your fingers!

Many vegetables are too stringy or fibrous to go down the disposal, getting caught in the motor and leading to a clogged drain -- you may be surprised which basic, everyday veggies you're not supposed to be throwing in the disposal. Also, certain starchy leftover foods should never go down the disposal because they can swell and clog the drain. We've got a few other food items you should think twice about, too ...

Browse through the slideshow below to learn about out all the foods you shouldn't be putting in your garbage disposal. And watch the video to learn an eco-friendly way to clean it!

(But the verdict is still out on whether garbage disposals can actually be considered green.)

What have you accidentally put down your garbage disposal? Leave us a comment below!

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