Plumbing Myths, Part One

It is hard to tell where they originate, but there are a lot of plumbing myths that homeowners seem to cling onto. This will begin a series of posts debunking some of the more common plumbing myths.

 

MYTH: LEMONS CLEAN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL

 

Running a lemon or orange rind through your garbage disposal is a great way to end your kitchen cleaning routine, but the effect is solely a fragrant one. Your kitchen will smell great, but it the rind did nothing to clean your disposal.

 

To clean your garbage disposal, start by unplugging the unit from the power source. Then, spray a mixture of mild soap and warm water into the disposal. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then use a cleaning brush to scrub the disposal itself. Rinse the disposal with water. Plug the disposal back in and run it for a few seconds.

 

So, do lemons or oranges clean your garbage disposal? No. Not at all. But that does not mean they do not have a purpose. After you clean your kitchen, running a lemon or orange rind down the garbage disposal will create a subtle citrus fragrance—the smell of clean and fresh.

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