Bathroom & Kitchen Guide

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Kitchen Sink Accessories

You may not think of your kitchen sink as a place that needs accessorising, but actually there's a wide range of products on the market that can help you spice up your sink. In this article we'll take a brief look at some of the different types of kitchen sink accessories.

Sink Strainers

A kitchen sink strainer will help prevent blockages in your plumbing by filtering out big chunks of food and other debris in dishwater. Sink strainers also help prevent these types of materials from entering water run-off systems and being washed into rivers and oceans, where they can cause harm. There are various types of sink strainers - some even double as a plug.

Soap Dispenser

A soap dispenser on your kitchen sink will help to create a more hygienic kitchen. The chef can easily wash up after working with meats, flour and other messy foods, while kids can be directed to wash up before dinner without a trip to the bathroom.

Garbage Disposer

  A kitchen sink garbage disposer is installed between the sink's drain and trap, where it shreds incoming waste into tiny pieces that pose no threat to plumbing. Waste is fed through a chamber and drops onto a spinning blade that hacks it up. Metal parts in a garbage disposal unit should be made of stainless steel or another corrosion-resistant material as they will constantly be coming into contact with water. You may want to consider soundproofing any garbage disposal unit, as they can be noisy. Also, the jury is still out regarding the environmental impact of these units - some say that they reduce the amount of landfill, but others say the nutrient-rich waste that is fed into the water system puts stress on both sewage treatment plants and fragile ecosystems. The image is from Whirlpool.

Water Filtration System

Installing an under-sink water filter in your kitchen is one of the best ways to ensure that your family is getting safe and clean drinking water. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Cartridges are inserted into the unit, which receives water from the cold water faucet. These need to be changed just a couple of times every year.The image is from www.bgwaterfilter.com.

Dish Racks

One of the most common kitchen sink accessories is a dish rack. Really a necessity for every home, there's a huge range of options on the market. Folding racks can be easily stored after use. Many racks come with compartments for drying cutlery, as well as various sized spots for plates and dishes of different kinds. 



 
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