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Which Kitchen Sink Would You Choose?

Which kitchen sink would you choose?
I love Harmony!
Definitely dig the urban vibe of Crosstown.
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Elkay Harmony Kitchen Sink Elkay Crosstown Kitchen Sink

The sink is undoubtedly the workhorse of the kitchen so the one you choose had better be made of sturdy stuff … that also looks great for years to come.

In the photos above, you’ll see two great kitchen sinks from Elkay; the Harmony and the Crosstown. Both are stylish and durable, made from hearty materials that can stand up to everyday messes, parties and holidays, too.

Where they differ is design. Harmony has a relaxed curve and rounded edges for both traditional and transitional kitchens while Crosstown has a very modern aesthetic with a square profile and stainless steel to compliment urban spaces.

Which sink would you choose for your home?

Garbage Disposals Help Turn Leftovers Into Energy

You’ve probably not given much thought to what happens to all the stuff you put down your garbage disposal, so it might surprise you how much good that small appliance is actually doing.

In addition to ridding your home of smelly pieces of leftover meals, your garbage disposal is also helping keep that waste out of local landfills so it can be turned into fuel and fertilizer. Here’s how it works, thanks to our friends at Insinkerator:

After being ground up and sent down the pipe to the water treatment plant, micro-organisms clean the water by eating all the stuff that’s in it. Remnants of the animals’ digestive process include methane gas, which can converted into renewable energy used to power the water treatment plant. Customers save money because less money is required for electricity to run treatment equipment.

At the end of the water treatment process, any biosolids that remain are turned into fertilizer for agriculture and, in some cases, home gardening. This kind of all-natural compost is better for the environment because it eliminates the need for harsh chemical treatments that take an enormous amount of energy to make and have the potential to actually be dangerous for the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Items that Clean & Deodorize the Garbage Disposal

The smelly truth about garbage disposals is that they sometimes stink like the garbage that gets ground up inside them and whisked away.

Using a harsh chemical cleaner could potentially smell worse than the odor causing all the trouble in the first place, so try one of these solutions instead:

1. Lemon juice & baking soda: pour a generous amount of baking soda directly into the disposal followed by the lemon juice. The acid in the juice will react with the baking soda and foam up and out of the disposal. Leave the mixture for at least an hour and then rinse with cold water and run the disposal for 15 to 30 seconds.

2. Lemon juice, baking soda & vinegar: Pour a tablespoon of lemon juice down the disposal then use equal parts baking soda and vinegar and pour the solution down the disposal. After only five minutes, rinse with hot water.

3. Lemons, vinegar and ice cubes: Slice a lemon (or a lime) in half and put them down the disposal one at a time. Pour in vinegar and ice cubes while the disposal is running to dissipate the odor and sharpen the disposer’s blades at the same time. Or, create vinegar ice cubes with slices of lemon (or lime) in them and put them in the disposal, then run it for up to a minute.

Still need help choosing a garbage disposal? Click here for handy “how to” tips.

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

Kitchens in the last several years have moved from strictly utilitarian design to primary gathering space for family and friends, and that trend shows no sign of diminishing.

What is changing a bit are the details; kitchen trends for 2015 are all about improving functionality while maintaining an overall vibe of warmth and welcome.

1. Wood cabinets – Wood tones are making a comeback, but not necessarily the generic golden oak hues that have been a favorite among builders for the past decade or so. Decorator’s Wisdom noticed that stained wood in darker shades is gaining popularity and so is cherry in major metropolitan centers like Chicago and Philadelphia.

2. Warm metal finishes – Polished chrome and stainless steel still have their place, but homeowners are increasingly turning to the warmer side of metal like brushed brass and oil-rubbed bronze. Style at Home notes that brass adds sparkle and warmth and looks great with both white and grey.

3. White cabinets with white appliances – Despite the uptick in wood tones, white cabinets remain a top choice, and white appliances are being chosen as well. Homeowners who flocked to stainless steel are now buying white stoves and refrigerators to create a more seamless look and easier clean-up since fingerprints and smudges aren’t as obvious.

4. Multiple Storage Solutions - Walk-in pantries, roll-out cabinet shelves, and clever pull-outs to maximize storage is a necessity in the kitchen of 2015 because making life – and food prep – easier is the name of the game.

5. Smart appliances/docking stationsUsing a smartphone to control when the coffee starts to brew and having a built-in charging station for an iPad to better read recipes or follow a how-to video are becoming more prevalent in 21st century kitchens, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

The bottom line is that kitchens in 2015 have to be livable spaces where every member of the family – including pets – feels comfortable. But, kitchen remodels – no matter if the job is a complete gut or just an update – should also strike a balance between classic and trendy because the changes are expected to last for years.

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