If You Can’t Chew It…

Here’s a couple of nice little FYIs from NAA’s Aptly Spoken blog:

During October 2nd’s Webinar Wednesday, “Tricks of the Trade: Maintenance,” Webinar moderator Paul Rhodes, National Maintenance and Safety Instructor for NAAEI, said the most common appliance-related service request is for the garbage disposal—which should really be called the “food waste disposer.”

Rhodes says residents think their garbage disposal is a chipper, often throwing in bottle caps, fish gravel, tree branches, egg shells, chicken bones and coffee grounds. But as a general rule of thumb, if you can’t chew it, neither can your disposal….

Mildew—essentially the same thing as mold—appears due to moisture, stale air and the presence of a food source. It craves moisture, which is why bleach is not the best remedy, as it is mostly made of water and simply removes color. 

Instead, Rhodes suggests using laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent, both of which have a degreaser that will help fight mildew. You can also leave a thin layer behind to prevent mold from re-growing around a window frame, for example.