(Originally published in December, 2006)
Since oranges have been in season, I'm discovering the joy of putting the peels down my sink's garbage disposal! They smell so wonderful and make it more fun to clean up the kitchen. ;)
You all probably already knew about that trick, but since I didn't grow up with a garbage disposal in the sink drain, I was pretty clueless when we moved to a house that had one.
So clueless, in fact, that the first thing I did was put a massive amount of lettuce trimmings and carrot peels down there and try to run the disposal, causing the thing to get completely clogged and start backing up into... my washing machine.
After learning all about drains, plungers, and plumbing snakes and having problems a second time, we decided that our garbage disposal wasn't for heavy-duty tasks in the least, and that it would be in my best interest to just not use it.
I've gotten braver in the last two years, and now I occasionally use it for something... like orange peels... although pretty much all of our organic waste goes out on the compost pile. :D
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