Pumpkin carving for Halloween is a fun and exciting tradition that many families do together every year. Transforming pumpkins into scary or funny faces can leave your hands and your kitchen in a frightful, sticky mess. After the joy of carving your Jack o’ Lantern has finished, you are left with the unfortunate choir of cleaning your kitchen. Your hands are covered in a slimy goo and that sticky gooey mess of sticky pumpkin seeds and guts are getting everywhere. Your first instinct may be to take that mess and drop it down the garbage disposal. Don’t do it!
Pumpkins and garbage disposals do not mix.
If you take your pumpkin seeds along with the pulp and toss it down your garbage disposal you are in for one nightmare of plumbing bill. Every year plumbers get calls from many distressed homeowners who made the easy mistake of putting their pumpkin remains down the garbage disposal during the spooky season. Pumpkin pulp wreaks havoc on your plumbing because of it’s stringy and sticky nature that causes it to cling and when the pumpkin goo hardens, it is time to call in the professionals. But we place tons of food waste down our garbage disposals throughout the year, why are pumpkins so bad?
A garbage disposal works by taking the waste that you place in it and spinning it against a grinding ring that is located on the sides of your disposal wall. So when you place something that is stringy in nature like pumpkin pulp or spaghetti, these foods can actually wrap themselves around the garbage disposals spinning blades and cause them to clog and jam. Maybe your next thought is to flush your pumpkin guts down your toilet. Avoid putting your pumpkin waste down the toilet as well. The same results with your pipes can happen as your garbage disposal.
Pumpkin seeds are no friends to your garbage disposal either. Pumpkin seeds are hard in nature and your garbage disposal may have a difficult time in completely pulverizing the seeds. That parts that do not get pulverized by your garbage disposal blades can find themselves stuck and lodged as they travel further down the drain. Pumpkin seeds, just like the pulp, are sticky and can stick and harden to your pipes.
The best advice on what to do with the sticky, gooey mess that your freshly carved pumpkin leaves behind is to place it directly in your trash bin. If you are looking for more of an environment friendly approach, consider putting your pumpkin pulp and guts into a compost pile or in your vegetable bed. You can also wash and dry your pumpkin seeds for planting and dry your hand at growing your own pumpkins for next Halloween or roast the seeds for a tasty treat for your friends and family!
Remember, carving a pumpkin can be a fun but sticky and messy task. Paying for a plumber to unclog your pipes can be a terrifying and expensive nightmare that you can easily avoid.