Everybody loves a timesaver, but it’s only good advice if it works. Let’s take a look at a few kitchen myths to see if they are worth your while.
Handwashing Dishes is Better than Using a Dishwasher
False: According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® website, an ENERGY STAR®-rated dishwasher can save up to 5,000 gallons of water in one year compared to washing dishes by hand. Because dishwashers don’t have feelings, they can also sanitize better using water up to 140 degrees. If you have an older dishwasher, now is a good time to invest in an energy-saving one.
Baking Soda Can Help Unstink Your Drains
True: Baking soda can not only help in removing some funky odors from your drains, but it improves efficiency as well. Even when you are careful with what goes down your drains, food and soap particles will eventually lead your drains to smell. Sprinkle baking soda in the drain, let it sit for a few hours, and flush with either a cup of vinegar or hot water. Not only will your drain smell clean, but it also works as a non-toxic drain cleaner.
You Should Rinse your Plates Before Putting in the Dishwasher
False: The dishwasher doesn’t need your help and works best when you let it do the dirty work. According to Consumer Reports, most dishwashers made in the past 10 years have a soil-sensing system which helps with energy efficiency. Do remove large food items but leave the washing and rinsing to the machine.
A Slow Dripping Faucet is Not a Big Deal
False: Not only is a dripping faucet wasting water, it is costing your utility bill to rise. Your faucets are some of the most commonly used appliances in your home and do tend to wear out after a while. The quicker you take care of that drip, the more you will save.
Lemons Can Clean Your Garbage Disposal.
False: There’s no making lemonade out of that bad advice. To clean your garbage disposal, first flush with hot water then use 2 cups of ice and 1 cup of salt to remove the sludge and other debris from the walls of your disposal.
At Len The Plumber, we know you spend a lot of time in your kitchen because so do we! While these are great kitchen hacks to help make the most of your effort, our experts never take shortcuts when it comes to your plumbing repairs.
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