What Foods to NOT Put Down the Sink This Holiday Season

What Foods to NOT Put Down the Sink This Holiday Season

Everyone loves the holiday season. The crisp, cool air makes coming home cozy, comfortable, and relaxing. The fragrant smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a juicy turkey or ham fill the hallways and bring plenty of house guests. But before you get to cooking all your festive favorites, make sure you know what you can and can’t put down your sink this holiday season. The only thing worse than a burnt turkey on Thanksgiving is a clogged plumbing system!

=Whether you are preparing a big Thanksgiving feast or just having friends over for dinner throughout the holidays, you need to make sure you treat your plumbing appliances right. This time of year can take quite the toll on your plumbing system, especially your drain, garbage disposal and pipes. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the last thing you want is a serious plumbing hassle on your hands.


bluefrog Plumbing + Drain knows how quickly a plumbing disaster can ruin the perfect evening. That is why we have compiled a quick reference list of food items you should NEVER put down your sink! Read below to get informed.

What Can’t Go Down a Garbage Disposal

Most garbage disposals are pretty sturdy. They can endure all types of leftovers, but there are some that are better thrown out in the trash than down your drain. Your garbage disposal can only handle so much. You don’t want to overwork it and you don’t want to put things down your sink that can cause harm! In fact, there are several foods you
should NEVER put in your garbage disposal.

These are some holiday food items to always avoid:

  • Grease, fat, and oil
  • Bones
  • Chicken skin
  • Raw meat
  • Meat with gristle
  • Pasta or rice
  • Stringy or fibrous foods
    • Corn husks
    • Celery
    • Onion peels
    • Garlic ends
    • Asparagus
  • Carrot peels
  • Potato skins
  • Coffee grinds
  • Large amounts of flour
  • Eggshells

Overall, it is best to avoid starchy, stringy, or greasy foods that may damage your garbage disposal or clog your pipes. With all the holiday cooking, the more waste you can throw in the trash, the better. Even foods that are typically thought to be “ok” for your garbage disposal or pipes could create trouble if there is too much of it. Do your pipes and whole home plumbing system a favor by taking it easy on your garbage disposal this holiday season!

What happens if you do run into a clog? bluefrog Plumbing + Drain is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! We are the answer to your holiday plumbing problems, so call us at any time.

CALL NOW For Emergency Service!

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