Can I put coffee grounds in my garbage disposal?

Can I put coffee grounds in my garbage disposal?

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  1. Yes. Of course. I just fold up the paper filter with the grounds in them and dispose of them both in one step. No muss, no fuss. I do this almost daily.
    If you have read my other posts on disposals/appliances you will see I have been an appliance collector (vintage, near vintage and newer) for 30+ year.
    Literally, I have performance testes dozens of garbage disposal units from vintage units (new old stock that I have found) 50 years old and todays newest unit. Coffee grounds are not even a remote challenge for disposal unit.
    Garbage disposals are probably the number one, of all appliances, when it comes to being the victim of old wives tales.
    You ask ten people something that you shouldn’t put into a residential disposer and you will receive ten different answers. Each individual will give you an emphatic, “…

  2. Unlike tea leaves, coffee grounds will not block drains or put any mechanical loading on a waste disposal unit. So, simple answer, flush coffee grounds down the sink.

  3. Well, you have received opinions from other knowledgeable individuals (notice I avoided the “E” word), and here is one more. When I built my house, which has a septic system and is on a well, I insisted on having a garbage disposer. I upped the capacity of my septic tank and that was 11 years ago now and I thankfully haven’t had any problems or had the tank pumped out to date.
    What is required for everything to work properly, is a large dose of common sense. Coffee grounds in themselves, are not a problem for the disposer. The problem is, as others have pointed out, when those grounds combine with the grease in your drain lines and adhere to the walls of the sewer lines they gradually accumulate and create a blockage. These plugs are temporarily cleared by using a drain snake of some type, but that only opens the immediate problem but doesn’t remove the accumulated gunk from the walls of the pipe, so you have a recurring problem that, almost without exception, reappears at the most inconvenient time possible.
    So, the real problem is not coffee grounds per se, but anything other than water and the smallest amount of waste that is put into the disposer. In our house we never scrape off plates or cooking utensils into the kitchen sink. Never. Any and all scraps go into a small trash pail lined with the plastic bags one gets when they are bagging your purchase at the grocery store. That garbage pail sits on the counter and is used for both food prep and cleanup. No we don’t compost and since we live in the country we don’t recycle either. If it’s garbage, it’s garbage and I pay $20 a month to have it hauled away once a week and if they want to separate it, more power to ‘em.
    So, just think of your garbage disposer as an adjunct to the basket strainer that is used to keep stuff that you know would plug up your sink if allowed to fall into the drain, and do not use it as a garbage ‘disposer’, which it is not.
    Thanks for the A2A.

  4. I agree that you should be composting or mulching with your coffee grounds and other vegetable scraps from your kitchen. You can compost paper filters right along with the coffee grounds.
    A few bits of coffee grounds from rinsing coffee maker parts aren’t going to hurt your disposal. Simply run it periodically with the water running. That’s what a garbage disposal is for.
    What you should avoid putting down your plumbing, for maintenance reasons, is any kind of fat or oil. Also, while a little bit of flour, dough, or batter won’t hurt things, try to scrape all you can into the pan (if you’ve yet to bake it) or into the trash. Both these things can accumulate in your pipes and clog your plumbing, garbage disposal, or no.

  5. Supposedly no, but I’ve been doing it for ten years.
    My guess is that using coarse grind and flushing with gallons of cold water has let me get away with it.

  6. Have you heard the term, reduce, reuse and recycle?
    Use the grounds for all of the following:
    Coffee grounds make an excellent face scrub, and is an effective all round exfoliant. It helps rid you of dead skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy looking skin underneath. Also rub on thighs to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
    Face Mask
    You can also make a face mask, the caffeine really wakes your skin the fuck up. It can really perk up dull looking skin.
    Hair Growth Booster
    Mix into your shampoo, and massage into scalp. The caffeine and massage motion stimulate hair growth, promotes smoothness, and shine.
    Don’t throw it away, your skin will thank you for it!
    If you have more than you can use, share this secret with your favorite family members, and share the coffee grounds with them too!
    Luminous skin for you, and for you, and for you. ( Like Oprah says:)
    How to make an Amazing scrub:
    4 Tablespoons coconut or olive oil
    6 Tablespoons very fine coffee grounds
    A few drops of tea tree oil, or preferred essential oil, optional
    Enjoy, and you’ll love it more because its free!

  7. You can indeed, but I think the question you’d rather ask is SHOULD you. There are better answers here about that, so I’ll just add my quick vote. I put a fairly small amount of coffee grounds down my disposal nearly every day. I ALSO never turn on the disposal without running some water to help everything flow down smoothly. I have yet to have any issues, but perhaps if I simply dumped all my suitable waste down and let it all build up/collect before finally running the disposal, I might get clogs… hasn’t happened yet, though. If you’re worried, ask someone at your local hardware store, I suppose.

    Eight O’Clock

  8. Being a plumber, I , first of all, want to correct you. It’s a disposer, not diposal. Now to your concern. You can put as much coffee grounds down there as you want. Just run a lot of water. That simple. What you dont want to run down your disposer is anything fibrous like , carrots, lettuce and the like. Potatoe peels; you get it. Be judiciouos and you’ll be fine

  9. Avoid putting coffee grounds down the garbage disposal . They won’t harm the garbage disposal and they’ll actually help eliminate odors. However, they can accumulate in drains and pipes, causing clogs. They can damage blades and pipes.

  10. Coffee grounds won’t hurt a garbage disposal, but they will contribute to drain pipe clogs. The same is true for eggshells.
    I don’t, and will never have, a garbage disposal in my home, but then I know a lot more about plumbing than most people. It doesn’t annoy me at all to throw garbage away. It annoys me a good deal when I have to clear a drain clog, and it would annoy me if I had a garbage disposal and had to constantly sanitize it. I save coffee grounds and spread them in my garden without any composting.

  11. In a well designed plumbing system coffee grounds won’t cause a problem either within the piping, the garbage disposal, or septic tank.

  12. The other 2 answers you have here (Yosey Huff and Larry Dines) are completely correct. Just think about how annoying it will be to have to call a plumber every so often to clear your drains because those grinds combined with the grease in the pipe and built into a nasty plug. Those can be some of the most difficult to clear compared to other blockages.
    Before you say you don’t pour grease down your drain just remember your dishes have some grease on them when you wash them and it goes right down your drain and slowly builds up in the pipes. Everybody gets grease in their kitchen drain.
    Your former landlord would have that problem multiplied by all of the apartments there, possibly costing him lots of money in plumbing bills, which is why they made that rule. I’m sure it wasn’t just arbitrary. Rules along this line usually have some history behind them.
    Another good reason not to do this would be if you happen to have a septic tank for your waste. A septic tank works best when only water, toilet paper, and human waste go into it. Anything else shortens the time frame between needing it pumped out, and if they pass on through, can mess with your leach field.
    Disposals are very convenient, but not the best idea for your drains or for treatment facilities. My own mother, who lives in an older house (early 50’s) wanted one and I refused to put one in for her, and considering I just remodeled her whole bathroom including turning a tub into a shower, that should tell you something.

    Victor Allen’s

  13. Can I put coffee grounds in my garbage disposal?

    Coffee grounds don’t hurt the garbage disposal. They sort of help keep the disposal clean. The problem that can be caused by putting grounds down the sink drain is that there is a possibility that they will collect within the pipes and cause clogs/blockages if not flushed sufficiently with water; however, using enough water to flush them away is pretty wasteful.
    I use a French press, as well. I dump the majority of grounds into the waste bin by dumping it upside down above the bin. The small amount of grounds that do not come out (less than a teaspoon) gets washed down the disposal/drain.
    I understand not wanting to compost. I do not have the space to do so. What you may be able to do instead is see if a neighbor/coworker would like your grounds for gardening. They are a great additive to the soil. You just till it into the soil until it’s mixed a couple of inches down. Lots of nutrients for plants.
    If you find someone who needs it, save the grounds in a covered container or zip lock bag under the kitchen sink (out of site and easy to get to) until it’s full, then give it to your neighbor/coworker.

  14. Put them in trash. Drains are not intended for coffee waste. Also do not dump lots of stuff in your garbage disposal if you can place it in trash. Plumbing drains are not intended for trash disposal.
    Davis Caplan, Architect

  15. You can, but you shouldn’t. Those home improvement websites like Thespruce or Healthykitchen101 will probably tell you the same thing. The grounds don’t have much influence on the machine per se, but they affects the drains, just like how you shouldn’t put eggshells in garbage disposals. After a while, you’d find out that they couldn’t be carried by the water all the way through. Instead, they’d end up in the P-trap, start building up and eventually clog the pipes.


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