Care and feeding of the munchkin under your kitchen sink

Posted by JHarper on December 8, 2011

(Or, How to use your food waste/garbage disposal)


Look closely and you will see a few of the things we have removed from disposals over the years. Yes, those are rocks, along with bottle caps, coins and, of course, silverware. We do not recommend trying to put these things down the drain!


Some landlords do not put disposals in their apartments because they can lead to maintenance problems. While that is true, we believe our residents are smart enough to know how to use them. However, if you are a little unsure about the growling, grumbling gremlin under the sink, have no fear. We are going to give you the low-down on how to keep the little guy happy (and growling).


First and foremost, NEVER, EVER put your fingers in the disposal! The whirling blades can easily grind up bones and skin. And, if you can easily put food waste in the trash, we recommend doing that instead of using your disposal. We have a saying “when in doubt, throw it out” (in the trash, that is). Sticky or gooey foods (think macaroni and cheese) can be particularly difficult to pass through the disposal and are best put into the trash can.


Begin by running the cold water into the side of your sink where the disposal “resides” and then turn on the disposal. Slowly, feed the food waste that you are discarding in the disposal, down the opening in the sink. Do not put your hands or fingers into the opening.


If you have a faucet with a spray, use the spray to “wash” the waste down the opening. Keep the water running throughout this process and for at least 5 seconds after all the waste has been put through the disposal.


Someday you may still end up with a disposal that is blocked or locked-up. If you live at Cornerstone Apartments in Springfield, OH do not dismay. We will send a maintenance staffer to the rescue. Call our office number and just let us know that your disposal is not working and we will put someone on it within 24 hours (weekdays). Most of the time, we can respond on the same day that you call.


Did you know that you can now submit your maintenance request online. Go to and click on the “Residents” link. The form is simple to complete and we will receive your request immediately upon submission.

You should periodically put some ice cubes (a tray full) down the disposal and turn it on. This will help clean out some of the gunk that builds up in the disposal and causes odors. Grinding some orange peelings in the disposal also helps give it a citrus fragrance.


Do you have any questions about maintenance at Cornerstone Apartments? We would be happy to address them for you.


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