Living Without a Garbage Disposal

Hands rinsing off under stream of water in a kitchen sink, with vegetables on the countertop in the background.

If you're like most people, you probably can't imagine living without a garbage disposal. They make kitchen use and clean up much easier. While garbage disposals are a common appliance in many homes, there are many homes and apartments that don't have one.

Never fear, there are many different ways to deal with kitchen scraps! So whether you're moving into a new home without disposal or just want to learn about other options, read on for helpful tips!

Don't Mistreat Your Drains

All of these tips will help you avoid treating your kitchen sink poorly. Excess food and grease can quickly accumulate inside pipes and cause clogs. If you don't have a garbage disposal, be sure to dispose of food scraps in a safe, plumbing-conscious way.


One option for dealing with kitchen scraps is to start composting. This is a great way to reduce waste and provide nutrients for your yard or garden. If you don't have a lot of space, you can even compost indoors. You can find bins specifically for indoor composting at most home improvement stores.

With a composting pile or bin, you can scrape leftovers right off the plate without having to worry about clogging your plumbing.

Use a Drain Catcher

Another way to keep food out of the kitchen pipes is to install a mesh drain catch. This simple device catches food scraps before they go down the drain and clog it. Plus, it's easy to clean - just lift it out, empty it into the trash, and give it a rinse.

Keep Up With Drain Care

Scheduling regular plumbing maintenance will go a long way in helping those without garbage disposals. Accidents happen and occasionally food scraps and grease may find their way down your drain. It may be tempting to use a store-bought drain cleaner to clear out a clog, however, these products can be harmful to your pipes if overused. If you’re suffering from a clogged pipe, it’s best to reach out to your plumber for professional care.

The Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast WI team is here when you need us most! For a clogged drain, leaky faucet, and more, give us a call to schedule an appointment today!