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Garbage disposals top the list of plumbers’ least-liked appliances because most homeowners don't know how to use them correctly. Despite their name, garbage disposals aren't a second trash can. They can’t handle large amounts of food waste, nor can they process fibrous foods, like celery and potato peels, which can quickly clog the disposal. Save your sink by tossing food scraps in the compost pile, and when you do run the disposal, rinse the ground food down the drain with lots of water.
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