Garbage disposal machines are convenient devices that make getting rid of leftover food an easy task. Simply dump your waste down the drain and run the machine and it will soon disappear. But sometimes things will get stuck in the disposal that were never meant to be in there, for instance a dishrag or bottle brush. When this happens sometimes the blades can get jammed on the object, which will not come loose no mater how hard you pull at it.
Before you rush off to call the repairman there are some simple things you can do that will allow you clear the jam and have a fully operational garbage disposal in no time.
First, turn off the power. Do not stick you hand down the drain in an attempt to pull out the item without first turning the disposal off and unplugging it from the wall.
Now, look at the underside of the disposal from beneath the sink. There should be a little hole in the center of the unit. You can usually fit an Allen wrench (also known as a hex wrench) into this to manually turn the blades. Move this back and forth a few times and the obstruction should loosen up enough for you to be able to pull it out. You may need to turn the wrench with one hand while pulling on the object with the other.
Once you've cleared it out you can plug your garbage disposal back in and run it to make sure it still works and all remaining debris is washed down the drain.