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Here’s a Great Way to Clean a Smelly Disposal

Is something smelling off in your kitchen? It’s not the trash or the refrigerator or even the dog food bowl. Checked the over and last week’s chicken you forgot to cook is definitely not still defrosting in the oven. Oddly enough, have you thought to check your garbage disposal? As crazy as it sounds, those amazing chopping machines that can take on almost anything have been known to get an icky gunk build-up of residue from pulverized food.

We’ve poured all kinds of things down our kitchen garbage disposal to make it clean and sweet-smelling – orange and grapefruit peels, dried-out lemons, baking soda and vinegar.

But we never thought of throwing salt down there – until we read this tip.
Here’s how it works:

  • Fit a stopper into the sink, and fill with hot water and a squirt of dish detergent.
  • Turn on the disposal and let the soapy water drain, pushing gunk down the drain with it.
  • Throw 3 or 4 ice cubes and a handful of large-grain salt, such as Kosher, down the drain and run the disposal.
  • Flush with water, and you’ve got a clean disposal. Grind up a few lemons if you want a fresh, citrus smell.

Voila! A fresh-smelling drain!

Confidence in the U.S. Housing Market Increases

From the Prudential Real Estate Outlook Survey:

Slowly but surely, Americans are regaining confidence in the housing market and keeping thePrudential PenFed Realty American dream of owning a home alive.

The new quarterly Prudential Real Estate Outlook Survey revealed that nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents had a favorable perception of the U.S. housing market, a 4-point jump from the first-quarter 2012 survey and a 12-point increase from first quarter 2011. As a matter of fact, nearly seven out of 10 Americans surveyed (69%) also indicated that real estate is a good investment – that’s up 6% from first-quarter 2012 survey results and 17% from first quarter 2011.

Homeownership remains at the core of the American dream, with a solid 78% of respondents believing that owning a home is still very important. A full 98% said homeownership was at least somewhat important. In addition to historically low interest rates, one of the factors dominating the desire to own a home is centered on the family. More than financial security, tax benefits and a good investment, respondents prioritized owning a home as a place to raise a family and have control over their space.

Americans are dreaming with both feet on the ground.

Given the challenges and complexity of today’s real estate market, Americans remain cautious about the home-buying process, with 30% strongly agreeing that the housing crisis taught them to assert careful planning when buying or selling a home.

Cautiousness has also brought with it the willingness and openness to seek professional help in the process. A notable 74% of survey respondents think it’s more important than ever to work with a good agent for the best success in buying or selling a home, up from 72% in the first quarter 2012 survey.