World Toilet Day – Raise a Stink

The toilet is something many of us take for granted. We use it every day without giving it any thought and we only seem to appreciate it when there isn’t one around, like on long car rides or a day at the beach. Could you imagine being part of the 30% of the world population that doesn’t have access to a toilet at all?

What is World Toilet Day?

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 19th as World Toilet Day. They recognized the need for an international day to draw attention to the global sanitation crisis. Today, for billions of people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or ineffective.

According to the United Nations, more than 2.6 billion people live without a toilet. In other words, 1 in 3 people on this planet still do not have access to a clean, safe toilet. More people in the world have a cell phone than a toilet. This is the day to stand up (or sit down if you prefer) and take action!

Why is a toilet so important?

Your toilet is more important than you may think. In fact, the average person spends more than one hour and 42 minutes a week on the toilet, or nearly 92 days over their lifetime. A clean and safe toilet ensures health, dignity and well-being.

Lack of access to sanitation facilities doesn’t just cause discomfort, it also leads to a variety of diseases and can contaminate drinking water. Proper toilet facilities could save the lives of more than 200,000 people in the world. In countries facing this crisis about 1,000 children die per day due to poor sanitation. They are dying from diseases linked to unhygienic living conditions, inadequate facilities, malnutrition, and lack of clean water supplies. These deaths are preventable.

Without proper facilities, not only are people exposed to diseases, they also become vulnerable to harassment and even attack, especially women and children who are often forced to wait until the cover of darkness to relieve themselves.

Clean and safe toilets also keep more girls in schools and increase attendance rates. Most schools in developing countries do not have bathrooms. Faced with discomfort and embarrassment, many girls decide to stay home from school or even drop out when they reach puberty.

What can you do?

Toilets are not a topic that are a part of everyday conversation, unless you’re like us at Eastern Plumbing. Help break the ‘toilet taboo’. Talk to friends, family and colleagues about this global crisis and encourage them to join the sanitation movement. Bring attention to needs around the world and add to the conversation. Spread awareness by using the hashtags #WorldToiletDay, #WeCantWait and #ToiletAccessIsARight on social media.

You can also donate to support the work of World Toilet Organization whose mission is to advocate and support building and social enterprise of sanitation projects in India, Cambodia and Mozambique. This organization lobby governments, as well as private and public sector stakeholders to prioritize sanitation on the agenda.

The toilet is something many of us take for granted. On this day, we are reminded just how fortunate we are to have access to such basic sanitation items. At Eastern Plumbing we know how inconvenient it is to go without a toilet for a day or even a few hours, so lets help raise awareness and tackle the world sanitation crisis.

Garbage Disposal Do’s & Don’ts


Garbage disposals may be one of the handiest appliances in your entire house, or at least we think so! If you disagree, you can at least admit they make things much easier in the kitchen. That is…as long as they are maintained and used properly. When not maintained and used properly, garbage disposals can easily break down, clog and block your drains. Unfortunately, these break downs and clogs can cause a long list of expensive plumbing problems. Don’t worry – we have put together a few Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts to keep our favorite kitchen appliance running problem-free!

Garbage Disposal Don’ts

DON’T just throw everything in it

A garbage disposal is NOT a trash can. You should only use your garbage disposal for small table scraps. Adding too much food at once can result in some serious clogging.

DON’T grind the following items:

  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Cigarette butts
  • Paper
  • Non-food items
  • Large bones
  • Banana peels
  • Fruit Pits
  • Coffee Grounds

Foods that have a lot of strings or fibers such as, corn husks, onion skins and artichokes are also bad for your disposal. If any one of these items from the above list falls into your disposal, turn it off at the circuit breaker and retrieve it safely.

DON’T pour any grease in it

Oils, fats and grease are not good for your disposal. They do not drain properly and will accumulate around the blade system and clog your drains.


Garbage Disposal Do’s

DO use it regularly

Frequently using your garbage disposal will help prevent it from rusting and will keep things from getting stuck down there.

DO sharpen the blades

Small chicken bones and fish bones are good for keeping your garbage disposal blades sharp. Running these items through the disposal will help clean grease and other debris from the inside walls of the unit as well. Ice cubes are also a good option for keeping your disposal blades nice and sharp.

DO remember that size matters

How you put things into your garbage disposal and how much you put in your garbage disposal is just as important as what you put in there. To keep your disposal running smoothly and to avoid clogging, just remember to toss your larger food pieces in the trash or chop them up small enough so that the disposal can grind them more easily.

DO flush the disposal every time you use it

Any time you have your garbage disposal running you should have your water running. It is also best to continue running the water for 15 seconds (or more) after the disposal is done grinding so that the water can flush the food down the drain.

DO clean it

Running a little dish soap through your disposal and flushing it with cold water for about 15 seconds after each use should keep your garbage disposal nice and clean. Freezing vinegar in ice cube trays and placing the frozen cubes in the disposal while it runs with cold water will also clean your disposal.

If you are looking for a more heavy-duty clean you can let 1/4 cup of baking soda sit overnight in your disposal, then in the morning (or a few hours later) pour vinegar into the garbage disposal. The combination should bubble and clean the inside of the unit for you.

DO know when to get help from an expert

If you are still having garbage disposal problems, it may be time to call the professionals at Eastern Plumbing. We are available 24/7 for your plumbing emergencies; just give us a call at 252-758-7579 for Greenville, NC and surrounding areas or at 252-514-0002 for New Bern, NC and surrounding areas.