Try pouring in a 1/2 cup baking soda followed by a cup or two of white vinegar. Run the disposal. If that doesn't loosen try a second cup of baking soda followed by pouring another 2-3 cups of vinegar from the gallon bottle, With the disposal and water running as well. Follow with a pan of boiling water.
Then run cold water from the tap.Hope this works for you. It does at our house. And then run a weekly 1/2 cup baking soda and cup of vinegar down all drains in the house. Always follow with cold water to flush through. GG Vi
These things can be put in the disposal but not in large amounts. If her hand is small enough to reach into the disposal she can bring the peelings out and start over, I have had to do that. Sometimes something like a piece of plastic gets in mine. I just reach in and pull it out.
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I don't know if this would help with starchy potato peels but once many years ago a dish cloth slipped down the garbage disposal without my noticing it. When I turned the disposal on it got stuck. I poured straight bleach in and left it to eat away at the dish cloth. A couple of hours later I ran the water and turned the disposal back on. Success.
It kind of depends on where it is plugged. I peeled potatoes one year for a Thanksgiving dinner where I had my families invited. Not knowing any better, I put the peels down the disposal and lucky for me, two of my sons were plumbers. Still, it was so plugged that it was stopped up in the soil pipe! That is the huge pipe that you see in your basement. They had to take it apart and unplug, it was a stinky mess. Moral, never put potato peels down the disposal. After doing that, I never had a disposal since and do not miss it one bit.
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