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5 Ways Garbage Disposals Can Make Your Life Easier

The argument for garbage disposals is a strong one.  In most new construction, particularly with town homes and condos, garbage disposal units (usually cheap ones) are included and recognized as a standard appliance. Particularly in the United States, they have become a popular and convenient to keep your kitchen cleaner. But do they really improve your Read more about 5 Ways Garbage Disposals Can Make Your Life Easier[…]

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Are garbage disposals good for the environment? (the surprising answer)

Are garbage disposals good for the environment, or is pumping pulverized food waste into our plumbing system as weird as it sounds? An Emerson survey from 2018 found that over half of homeowners in the United States were unaware that garbage disposals actual helped to ​reduce ​landfill waste and improve environmental conditions. Even as recently as 1997, Read more about Are garbage disposals good for the environment? (the surprising answer)[…]

Garbage Disposal Laws: What are they?

What are the garbage disposal laws that United States residents need to be concerned about? Since we live in Virginia, and are currently looking at buying a new garbage disposal, I decided to do a little research on this topic, which is surprisingly political. Given their environmental impact, garbage disposals have been a topic of Read more about Garbage Disposal Laws: What are they?[…]

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Why are farmhouse sinks so expensive?

First, it’s important to point out that not ​all ​farmhouse sinks are super expensive. In fact, you can checkout our list of the best farmhouse sinks for some that are quite budget-friendly. However, it’s true that generally speaking, farmhouse sinks – like the ones with the exposed apron front – are more expensive than traditional top-mount sinks. But Read more about Why are farmhouse sinks so expensive?[…]

How to Clean a Farmhouse Sink (fireclay, copper, & steel)

Image via Kraus on AmazonWhen my wife and I renovated our kitchen, we bought a Shaw farmhouse sink that was a clean, soft white color. It looked great, but for awhile we were kind of nervous to even touch it. Cleaning it seemed especially tricky, since the white fireclay material quickly got dirty, but seemed Read more about How to Clean a Farmhouse Sink (fireclay, copper, & steel)[…]

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What HP garbage disposal do I need? (horsepower)

The strength of a garbage disposal is measured primarily by its horsepower rating (usually abbreviated HP). Other numbers like the motor’s RPM can also come into play, but most of what you would assume about a garbage disposal’s grinding power can be linked to that HP number. This number usually ranges from 1/3 HP on the Read more about What HP garbage disposal do I need? (horsepower)[…]

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How long should a garbage disposal last?

Motor inside a garbage disposalLike any home appliance or electrical device, garbage disposals will – at some point – run out of life or “burn out.” This usually happens in the form of a motor failing or some kind of electrical malfunction. It’s important to know the difference between this, which is an end-of-life issue, Read more about How long should a garbage disposal last?[…]

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What is a water ionizer and what does it do?

As I’ve become more and more familiar with water purifiers over the past few years, I’ve seen a lot of information pop up about water ionizers as well. What struck me most was their price, as they tend to be extremely expensive for what is ultimately a household countertop item. It begs the question: What is a Read more about What is a water ionizer and what does it do?[…]

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Is it okay to put egg shells in a garbage disposal?

Can you put egg shells in a garbage disposal?In this article, I want to answer a really simple yet perplexing question: Is it okay to put egg shells in a garbage disposal?  In other words: Do egg shells cause damage or are they too hard for garbage disposals to handle? The simple answer is that Read more about Is it okay to put egg shells in a garbage disposal?[…]