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9 Bad Habits That Are Killing Your Appliances

Bob Vila Logo By Jennifer Noonan of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 8: <p>It may seem counterintuitive, but hot water is no good for cleaning kitchen scraps from the sink. When running the garbage disposal to grind up food, use cold water instead. Hot water melts grease and fat, which only leads to <a href="http://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/the-complete-illustrated-guide-to-unclogging-a-drain-46116">clogged drains</a> and mechanical damage.</p><br><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/9-ideas-to-steal-from-real-people-s-kitchens-48898">9 Ideas to Steal from Real People's Kitchens</a></strong></p>

Using Hot Water in Your Garbage Disposal

All major appliances are subject to general wear and tear, and that means they will eventually break down and need to be replaced. But we don’t have to help them along. The way you use your appliances today has a big impact on whether they'll work tomorrow. Nix these bad habits from your daily routine and start adding years to your appliances lives now.

It may seem counterintuitive, but hot water is no good for cleaning kitchen scraps from the sink. When running the garbage disposal to grind up food, use cold water instead. Hot water melts grease and fat, which only leads to clogged drains and mechanical damage.

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