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Clearing Potato Peelings From a Garbage Disposal

December 24, 2013

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.

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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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October 30, 2012

I put potato peels down the garbage disposal and while it clogged, the clog was pushed thru the pipes underneath the sink and into the wall in between the kitchen and bathroom. I tried snaking it and that didn't work. The garbage disposal was replaced because it was thought to be broken as well. So how on earth do I get that clog unclogged without tearing apart a wall and piping or spending $200 on a plumber?

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October 31, 20120 found this helpful

I would never own a garbage disposal because a lot of trouble comes with them. Have you asked for help at your local hardware store? Have you ever had your main drain line rodded out? A lot of times it's caused by tree roots that have cracked through the main line creating a big blockage.

Now as to how to unclog your line I'd suggest going to a hardware store and getting a drain cleaner that has lye in it but is still safe to use with PVC pipes. You might have to use it a couple of times before it works. I assume you can do this through the bathroom drain.

If push comes to shove you might have to rent a rodder to push or pull the skins out. Keep in mind that they are pretty heavy and it might cost you $50-$100. for the rental fee. At that point I would just call a plumber. Ask your local hardware store if they know of anyone who you could pay to clear the line.

Good luck.

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November 1, 20120 found this helpful

If my sons were here who are plumbers, I could tell you what to do. Sorry, but I can just tell anyone. These were orders from my sons, NEVER put potato peels down a garbage disposal.

I clogged my plumbing once at a family Thanksgiving meal and my sons spent considerable time unclogging it. I lived two hours from them so they had no tools with them and couldn't rent any on this day because it was a holiday. I think they ended up using some neighbor's tools. They had to take the soil pipe apart to do it. Needless to say, it ruined everyone's Thanksgiving.

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March 31, 20180 found this helpful

Whooodoggy! These newer garbage disposals can handle potato and carrot peels in gobs, they said. Nope. Not true. But a plunger, after a nice boiling bath of baking soda and white vinegar did the trick...old fashioned trick, new, modern appliance. HA!

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April 29, 20180 found this helpful

I would NEVER put a corrosive in a garbage disposal! I have been taught that it will ruin it! Presently, I have a celery clog that a new member of the household just did. I had a flour clog once and with the plunger and the shop vac, I got it undone. I will try a couple of things I have read on this post and I will get it fixed! Thanks all for suggestions, but NO LYE!!

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March 7, 20190 found this helpful

I tried vinegar and baking soda to no avail. Tore my trap apart and found The clog was past it. Was plunging then the idea popped into my head that the disposal had more force than I could get with the plunger. So with the disposal full of water I held stoppers over each drain. Had her hit the switch. Voila.. The water had no where to go but down the drain with enough force to bust through the clog.

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January 28, 20200 found this helpful

Didn't work for me!

Followed Brandon's W. directions exactly, to no avail.

Plumber is coming in the afternoon.

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