There are many commonly held beliefs
disposals that are simply untrue. We have written about some of
them before but today we are here to discuss more and determine if
there is any truth to them. Read on for more information and then
contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 if you need help with your garbage
disposal or another household
True or False: Garbage Disposals Have Sharp
Blades to Be Afraid Of
False. While you might imagine a
razor-sharp blade in your sink, the truth is that the “blades” of
the disposal are much like teeth than blades. They spin at very high
speeds to grind up waste – not cut it. Think of it more like a
cheese grader: while you do not necessarily want to stick your hand
in, you also aren’t likely to lose a finger if you do.
True or False: You Can Sharpen the Blades in Your
Garbage Disposal by Putting Ice in It
We just went over the fact that there
are not actually blades in your garbage disposal so you know this is
at least partially true – but can grinding up ice help clean or
sharpen the grinders in your garbage disposal? No. Others use
eggshells to attempt the same outcome, but eggshells should not go
down the garbage disposal at all because the membrane layers can get
entangled in the impellers and clog your pipes.
True or False: It is Important to Run Hot Water
When You Are Running the Disposal
False. In fact, the opposite is
actually true – cold water can help flush food particles down your
sink’s drain but hot water can cause issues. How? It can result in
oils and fats staying in liquid form, which allows them to flow down
your pipes only to turn into solids when they get deeper down the
pipes. This can create serious clogs. The best option is to not put
any fats or oils down your drain, but cold water will at least keep
them in their solid form and ensure they are ground up.
True or False: Running a Lemon Through the
Disposal Can Make the Sink Cleaner
False. It might
help it smell better for a short time, but it does not actually make
it any cleaner. It’s true that there is citric acid in lemons but
it is not strong enough to remove stale food or disinfect the
disposal. In fact, it can lead to the metal corroding over time.
If you need help repairing or maintaining one of your appliances, we hope you will contact American Appliance Repair for help right away. You can call us at 800-640-9934 for an appointment.
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