Plumbers reveal the items you should NEVER put down a garbage disposal – leaving the internet baffled over what the appliance is actually meant for

  • Prime Plumbing in Baltimore, Maryland, went viral on TikTok 
  • Employees were asked what should ‘never’ be put down a garbage disposal
  • Out of the six plumbers, half of them were against putting ‘anything’ in it 

A team of plumbers has baffled the internet after claiming most people are using their garbage disposals wrong. 

Plumbers at Prime Plumbing in Baltimore, Maryland, went viral on TikTok after asking several employees to name ‘one thing you should never put down your garbage disposal.’ 

‘Some answers might surprise you!’ the company noted in the video’s caption, but to say people were surprised may be an understatement. 

Out of the six plumbers who weighed in, half of them were against putting ‘anything’ in the garbage disposal — including food. 

Plumbers at Prime Plumbing in Baltimore, Maryland, went viral on TikTok after asking several employees to name 'one thing you should never put down your garbage disposal.'

Plumbers at Prime Plumbing in Baltimore, Maryland, went viral on TikTok after asking several employees to name ‘one thing you should never put down your garbage disposal.’

Out of the six plumbers who weighed in, half of them were against putting 'anything' in the garbage disposal - including food

Out of the six plumbers who weighed in, half of them were against putting 'anything' in the garbage disposal - including food

Out of the six plumbers who weighed in, half of them were against putting ‘anything’ in the garbage disposal – including food

The sole purpose of the garbage disposal is to shred food waste into pieces small enough to pass through the plumbing, which is why viewers were confused (stock image)

The sole purpose of the garbage disposal is to shred food waste into pieces small enough to pass through the plumbing, which is why viewers were confused (stock image)

The others recommended steering clear of chicken bones, rice, eggshells, or ‘anything starchy’ when using the kitchen device. 

The sole purpose of the garbage disposal is to shred food waste into pieces small enough to pass through the plumbing, which is why viewers were confused. 

The video has been viewed 1.9 million times and has received more than 3,600 comments since it was posted. 

‘So why have a garbage disposal then?’ one person asked. 

‘Imagine hiring this company and they tell you honestly not to put any food in your garbage disposal,’ another added. 

‘Then why have one? What’s it for?’ someone else responded.

Others admitted they didn’t care what the plumbers advised — they were still going to keep using it for leftovers. 

‘I watched my grandma throw a whole Jersey Mike’s [sandwich] down the garbage disposal last week,’ one viewer recalled. 

The plumbers recommended steering clear of chicken bones, rice, eggshells, or 'anything starchy' when using the kitchen device

The plumbers recommended steering clear of chicken bones, rice, eggshells, or 'anything starchy' when using the kitchen device

The plumbers recommended steering clear of chicken bones, rice, eggshells, or ‘anything starchy’ when using the kitchen device

The issue is not with the garbage disposal itself but the plumbing it's attached to. If you use it as a trash can, you might end up backing up your pipes

The issue is not with the garbage disposal itself but the plumbing it’s attached to. If you use it as a trash can, you might end up backing up your pipes

The video has been viewed 1.9 million times and has received more than 3,600 comments

The video has been viewed 1.9 million times and has received more than 3,600 comments

‘There’s almost nothing I won’t put in the garbage disposal,’ another shared. 

‘If I’m renting. I will use it as a wood chipper. If I pay the mortgage, I’m iffy about water going down it,’ someone else admitted. 

The plumbers may have been overly cautious, but they weren’t entirely wrong. 

The issue is not with the garbage disposal itself but the plumbing it’s attached to. If you use it as a trash can, you might end up backing up your pipes. 

Fats, oils, grease, starchy foods, eggshells, shellfish, coffee grounds, and vegetable peels can all clog plumbing, according to Consumer Reports.  

Whereas fruit, fruit pits, vegetable scraps, corn cobs, cooked meat, small bones, leftovers, and ice were all given a stamp of approval.