Clearing Potato Peelings From Disposal

After deciding to send potato peelings and carrot peelings down the drain, I immediately regretted it. They had gone past the disposal, but had clogged the pipe. I was home alone with 2 kids under 3. I happened upon this post and saw the baking soda and vinegar as well as a plunger tip.


So I took the plunge. I plunged the sink a couple times and got the clog loose. Then for good measure I did the baking soda with vinegar, let it sit while a kettle of water boiled. Then poured that down. Works like a charm!

As soon as I tell my husband, he is sure to say "I told you so" about the peelings going down the drain. But I fixed it myself. You live, you learn.

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December 29, 20130 found this helpful
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You did. Pat yourself on the back. Just so you know in the future, don't put things like coffee grounds, eggs, rice, celery or things that will swell or separate.


Once a week, put some lemon juice and ice cubes down the disposal. It keeps it smelling good and the ice cubes keep the blades sharp. Good luck.

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April 14, 20141 found this helpful
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You saved my bootah... not to mention me a few hundred bucks. My mistake was a bowl full of sunflower shells. My garbage disposal went off the hinges but with this nifty solution and few pumps of the plunger all is good and calm in the land. Thank you!

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May 18, 20140 found this helpful

I am amazed...clogged my sink and disposal today with carrot peelings, followed the steps below and was absolutely amazed that it worked. Scooped out excess water, decided to pour half a box of baking soda in each side of sink and then poured about 2 cups of vinegar in each side, while it sat I boiled the water and poured into each side and let it sit for about 20 minutes.


Turned on the disposal after sitting and both sides went down. Thanks to everyone for the tip...saved me a lot of grief with the hubby!

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December 27, 20140 found this helpful

I really, REALLY, wanted this to work. I took pipes apart. I put numerous bottles of Draino and Liquid Plumber down the sink. In a fit of despair, I turned to the internet before I called a plumber. I did the baking soda with vinegar in the amounts suggested, twice. I boiled water, plunged, drained, etc. I put a WHOLE box of baking soda and a full bottle of vinegar in the third time. I waited 30 minutes, put he boiling water in, and nothing. Nothing. I still have a clogged sink from potato peels. You all who claim success are very fortunate, but I wouldn't say this works 100 percent of the time, because for me it didn't.

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October 14, 20160 found this helpful

I would not have believed it if I hadn't' seen it myself.....this REALLY worked!!! It was a long 20 minutes.


But during that time the water was slowly bubbling and then.....clear sink and disposal.

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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

OMG!! It worked!!! Thank you soooo much!! Who knew baking soda and vinegar could work such wonders.

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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

Lots of things can't or don't need to be put in garbage disposer. I put most of my "garbage" peelings etc. in my yard waste can with the weeds etc. from my yard for pick up by the recycle company.


It is all compostable for future food growing! Hardly ever use the disposer. Every morning I put a whole pot of boiling water down it and run it once a week when I use the dishwasher.

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October 13, 20170 found this helpful
Found this stopping ours from working.

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July 24, 20180 found this helpful

I hardly ever put anything through my garbage disposer. All of that stuff can go in the yard waste can to be turned into compost. Why run up your electric bill using something that will eventually mess up your plumbing? Another thing I do is to pour a kettle full of boiling water through the disposal side of the kitchen sink every morning after I get my one cup of coffee.


As I have a very prolific lemon tree in my back yard, I also cut up lemons and put them through the disposal just before I run the dishwasher.

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October 25, 20180 found this helpful

Pray this works. Just cooked for boyfriend 1st time & not only are potato' s are watery, not creamy.... but I jacked up disposal & drain! Feel like idiot

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June 30, 20200 found this helpful

I spent the afternoon on Youtube watching video after video, trying everything suggested to fix my disposal. I'd finally given up and thought I'd have to get a new disposal when as a last ditch effort I typed in "potato peelings in my disposal. Thank you so much -- your solution worked!

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December 24, 20210 found this helpful

Thankyou so much for sharing this post!! I did the potato peel thing, clog and all...after pouring baking soda, vinegar, and hot water into the clog and nothing worked....the plunger did the trick. This made my day!

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