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Can You Put Pizza in a Garbage Disposal?

Close up of a pizza with a slice being removed

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Pizza comes in all varieties and those varieties are almost always delicious. Who doesn’t like pizza over a home-cooked meal with vegetables? Pizza is always a family favorite when there is no time to make anything else.

But what to do with those leftover pizza slices or crusts? That is a difficult question to answer as it may not be safe to use your garbage disposal to rid your kitchen of any pizza remains. To find the answer just keep reading our article. It has the information you want to know about before you toss that pizza down the drain.

Is it Okay to Put Pizza in the Disposal?

piece of pizza crust left on a white plate

We first thought that some of the toppings may not be good for the disposal but not all toppings on a pizza are on the banned list. Plus, those toppings are not that great in number so those should be safe to put in your disposal.

However, there is one ingredient in a pizza that should not go down the drain- the dough or crust. The cooked crust may make it through okay but when it is mixed with water, it can get soggy and expand or be hard for the blades to chew up.

When those soggy pieces make it to other parts of your drain, they may not go down peacefully. They may get stuck in certain spots that are hard for soggy, wet items to navigate. Then those stuck pieces attract other food particles and create a nice clog that needs clearing.

How to Get Rid of Uneaten Pizza

Sliced of pizza being placed into the garbage can frorm a cutting board

There is nothing stopping you from feeding stray dogs and cats unless you do not want them hanging around your home. That is a good way to get rid of leftover pizza. or you can feed some of it to your own dog if you allow them human food as treats.

But those are not the best ideas you can come up with. The best and easiest way to get rid of uneaten pizza is the trash can. Either in your kitchen or in your big one outside. Just make sure you wrap those pieces up tightly or you will have a lot of stray animals milling about your garbage cans.

Some Final Words

Fresh pizza on a wooden cutting board

Unless there is someone who likes cold leftover pizza slices for breakfast, the best way to dispose of them is to avoid your garbage disposal. Use the trash can and save yourself the effort of unclogging your drain.

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