View Poll Results: should I get a new garbage disposal unit when we remodel?
get the garbage disposal, it's a must! 19 76.00%
forget the garbage disposal, use a strainer! 6 24.00%
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kitchen spinoff: garbage disposals - yeah or nay

We're going to be remodeling our kitchen and getting a new sink in the process. We currently have a disposal but I'm debating not getting one replaced. Most of our married life had been overseas in Germany, no disposal, we adjusted. My last place (rental) had one, as well as here, but they always seem to just stink! I think bits of food spray around and collect in the disposal and rot, no matter what we do.

So, yeah or nay? discuss....

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In my experience, they are always either broken or stuck and you end up not using them anyway. Plus if something gets stuck you have to reach in and that is POSSIBLY the scariest feeling in the world.
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Eh, they're ok, but I think it's just something else to have to maintain...ours actually got stuck, but we managed to unstick it
I say get the disposal but I don't think it's a "must". I don't have a problem with mine smelling bad or anything. Are you good about running plenty of water down it after using it? Anyway, I say put it in as long as you are remodeling. You don't have to use it often but you may regret it later.

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I've always liked having one, but I *could* go without one too. I voted to get one, but only if it's in your budget and you know you'll use it. They are making them better these days, but I'm sure you'll pay for that. I don't put large pieces of food down ours and you can buy stuff to clean it with as well. I always put used lemons down it to make it smell better. I've used the little cleaning pellets too and they work great.




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Yeah, you can always get those disposal cleaner foam thingys that work pretty well...
Yeah, you can always get those disposal cleaner foam thingys that work pretty well...
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The foamy ones are kinda fun too...the way they POOF up into the sink.




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The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
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Yeah, you can always get those disposal cleaner foam thingys that work pretty well...
Originally Posted by WileECoyote - Daddy's grl
The foamy ones are kinda fun too...the way they POOF up into the sink.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
Heh...they're pretty cool aren't they?
In my experience, they are always either broken or stuck and you end up not using them anyway. Plus if something gets stuck you have to reach in and that is POSSIBLY the scariest feeling in the world.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
Ha, this is so true. Once, I did have my hand down there trying to pull something out and my boyfriend reached over to grab something that happened to be in the same area as the switch. My eyes must've popped out of my head at that point because he saw my face and realized what it looked like he was doing.
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LOL at the fear of the disposal! so true!

Yeah, we've tried the little lemon ball hard type things (great discription!) and they didn't do much but for a day or two.
Haven't heard of the spongy ones. Maybe I'll give them a try and if they work on this one, we'll maybe replace it when the time comes.

But yeah, we've been so used to NOT using a disposal.

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I've had houses with disposals and houses without them. We currently have one. I really like having one.
I could certainly live without one but I like having one and use it constantly. I've never had a problem of any kind with any disposal I've had.
If I were remodelling I would put one in. They add value to a house when selling.
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we don't have 'em in Canada!!!!



sure, i guess you could get one if you wanted, but i wonder if there's regulations against them up in this part of the world because i've never seen one in anyone's home here.

my new city, London, is starting a "green box recycling program" next year, where they will pick up organic waste curbside with the papers and plastics.
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I'm always afraid I'll get my hand cut off in a disposal when I go to pull out the inevitable stuck spoon. I'd rather have a kitchen composter than a disposal; that way I could get some use out of the waste instead of just dumping it down the sink.
Yes, they're finally starting to go green here and we save it for composting too. That's why they don't have disposers in Germany and we're so used to doing it that way.

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I really like my disposal, but it scares the heck out of me too!

I hate sticking my hand in there. In fact, I'll only do it if the thing I need to reach is visible. Otherwise I make my husband reach in for stuff. I don't know if I think the thing is going to spontaneously turn on or what.

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Disposals do add value to a house...so if I were remodeling, I'd put one in.

That said, the house I moved to recently has a disposal, but I rarely use it, because it's bad for my septic system to put too much food down there. So, I only use it for the little bits that get stuck in the strainer. I don't purposely put big hunks of orange peel or anything, like I did in my old house which was on city sewer. I now just toss all my organic trash out in the garden and make my own compost with it.

If you get one, get a model with a larger motor...3/4 horsepower is the largest I think. They don't get stuck like the wimpy little 1/4 horsepower ones that builders put in new houses do.
I hate em. My first apt. had one, and I got a plastic spoon stuck in it right off the bat. I removed the spoon, but it still made a horrible noise whenever I used it. I don't think it worked properly after that either, because my sink always stank. I never got it fixed because I figured they'd charge me a bunch for it. They took a chunk out of my deposit, and I figured it was to pay for the repair. Big PITA. My last apt. also had one, but I learned my lesson and kept away from that thing! This is I'm sure going to sound dumb, but how is a strainer different than a disposal? And where exactly does the food go once you put it in those things? The sewer system, I guess? Ew, I think the whole idea is gross. I just throw my stuff in the trash can, and empty it quite often.
There's a good garbage disposal cleaner you can get at WalMart called "Spring Again". It comes in a white bottle.
we don't have 'em in Canada!!!!



sure, i guess you could get one if you wanted, but i wonder if there's regulations against them up in this part of the world because i've never seen one in anyone's home here.

my new city, London, is starting a "green box recycling program" next year, where they will pick up organic waste curbside with the papers and plastics.
Originally Posted by rouquinne
We don't? I didn't know that! We have a septic system and we were thinking of getting one later.

BTW, the city near where I live started Green Box Recycling and the smell and maggots in the summer months was a bit much for some residents (you could throw meat scraps in the box!) But eventually people learned different ways of dealing with that problem, like freezing the scraps until garbage day, etc. Maggots scare the crap out of me!

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