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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Get Your Microwave Sparkling!

Microwave Cleaning Supplies:
  • Lemons
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • Microwave safe glass bowl or measuring cup
What you need to do:
  • Gather Lemons, Apple Cider Vinegar (white vinegar works great too) and water.
  • Chop up a couple of lemons, place in a microwave safe measuring or bowl.
  • Pour in about 1/4 cup vinegar, then fill the rest with water.
  • Place it in your microwave and turn on for a couple of minutes. About 3 to 4 minutes depending on your microwave. You want the water to get hot enough to create a steam.
  • After it’s done, DON’T OPEN THE DOOR. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so. The steam will lift the dried on food.
  • Using a clean damp sponge, wipe it clean.
Now you have a sparkling clean microwave that should also smell nice and fresh. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

You Could Have Money Owed to You!

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that alleges LG-brand front-loading washing machines (“Washers”) had an undisclosed propensity to develop a Mold and/or mold-related Odor Problem. LG denies it did anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right.
If you actually experienced a Mold and/or mold-related Odor Problem, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of either (1) a cash payment of thirty-five ($35.00) in the form of a check, or (2) a Washer Rebate Certificate worth one hundred and five dollars ($105.00), redeemable after you purchase a new Washer from an authorized Washer retailer.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Make your stainless steel shine!

What You Need

Vinegar (in a spray bottle works best)
Paper towels (optional)
Very soft or microfiber cloth
Mineral Oil (or other oil such as olive oil)

Instructions

  1. Gather your supplies and determine the direction of the grain: We normally use the term "grain" for wood; however, stainless steel also has a grain. Look closely. It will either be running horizontally or vertically. To clean your stainless steel, rub in the direction of that grain.
  2. Pre-clean your appliance with vinegar: Spray your appliance with vinegar. Use either a paper towel or a very soft cloth to wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. This should remove the surface dirt from your appliance and start to shine it a bit.
Use oil to make it shine: Dip your soft cloth into a little bit of oil. Start with a small amount and add more as needed. Now, polish your appliance with your oiled-up cloth in the direction of the grain. You will start to see any marks disappear! Now you have a shiny new appliance again!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Chest Freezer Organization

Having a chest freezer can be a huge help when you have a big family or just get a good deal on your favorite foods. However keeping your chest freezer organized can be a bit difficult. Here are five tips to help your chest freezer stay organized and all of your foods easily accessible.


Tip #1

Keep an inventory.  This keeps you from over purchasing one type of food.

Tip #2

Use reusable shopping bags to keep like food together. Sturdy plastic bins work well also but run the risk of becoming brittle with time.

Tip #3

Freeze your foods flat in gallon sized, freezer safe Ziploc bags. This makes it easy to stack and organize foods either horizontally or vertically.

Tip #4

Clearly label all food with the expiration dates. Painters tape and a sharpie can help with those store bought items that have small or hard to find expiration dates.

Tip #5

Clean out your freezer quarterly and dispose of expired items.


These tips should help you to get the most out of your chest freezer.


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Managing Appliance Costs

We depend on our refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, hot water heaters, air conditioners, microwaves and the rest to help us maintain our lifestyles. Whether we need to install new appliances or repair existing gadgets, the money spent generally falls into the category of "sound investment." How much you'll pay depends on a number of factors:

Brand and Quality of Appliances

In the past five years, we've all become much more sophisticated in our appliance-shopping strategies. We compare prices with a few mouse clicks. We also can go beyond low price tags and look at quality. What do reviews say about that brand of toaster oven? What kind of problems have arisen for owners of that refrigerator model? A few minutes of research can quickly make it clear that paying for quality brands can save you big bucks in the life of an appliance. That research can also suggest what brands charge way more than the value of their products. If you're buying appliances as part of a major renovation, your contractor can be another source of information, guiding you to the best values.

Size of Appliances

Many appliances get more expensive as their size and capacity increase. Washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves and even trash compactors will often go up in price as their size and capacity increases. But understand that bigger isn't always better. Take into account the size of your family or the number of guests you serve as well as the available space you have for the appliance.

Appliance Energy Efficiency

Appliances that use less water and power and have a higher energy efficiency rating are often more expensive. But these are often the better value, earning you back that investment over time with lower utility bills. Look for the Energy Star, an international symbol that tells you an appliance meets exceptional efficiency standards.

Power and Water Needed for Appliances

When installing new appliances, it's important that you have enough electricity and water to run them, and that the power and water are located in the right places. If you need to increase the electricity or move the locations of plumbing or wiring to accommodate the new appliances then the cost of installation will increase accordingly.

Appliance Repairs

The cost of fixing your appliances will vary greatly from the type of appliance and the extent of the repairs needed. When you purchase your appliance, it's important that you consider the length and coverage of the warranty. Many appliances are covered for just a few months. Others are covered for a lifetime. When your repair is covered by a warranty, it sometimes is only honored if you return the appliance to the manufacturer for the repair. Make sure you check the details of the warranty before calling a repair professional. Some appliances will cost more at the point of purchase but carry a longer or more comprehensive warranty and therefore may be a better buy overall.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Extension Cords and Appliance Safety

When it comes to appliance safety, one of the most commonly used, and commonly misused, gadgets on the market is the extension cord. Extension cords pose several risks. First, the extension cord connections may not be secure. Besides causing power fluctuations that may damage the equipment, poor connections can also result in sparks that could start a fire. Another problem with the appliances connected by extension cord is that they are extra vulnerable to water penetration. This is especially true in damp areas such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, garages and outdoors. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination responsible for many avoidable deaths each year.

Extension cords also come in different sizes, and not every width is suitable for every appliance. People often make the mistake of using extension cords that are too small. The wires on extension cords are rated according to size, with lower ratings corresponding to larger sizes. A simple household extension cord for a lamp might have 16-gauge wire. An outdoor cord may have 14-gauge wire. Heavy-duty cords are usually 12-gauge. It is a good idea to plug things in directly to the socket or to a surge protector whenever possible; when an extension cord is necessary, make sure that it is large enough to handle the electrical load it is going to carry. In general, in those circumstances where use of an extension cord is unavoidable, employ one that is heavier than the wires already attached to the appliance.

Also, whenever using power tools or similar equipment on long extension cords, be aware that the longer the cord the more power that is lost en route. This phenomenon, called voltage drop, is much less pronounced in heavier wires. Whenever you use an inadequate cord, you run the risk of damaging the appliance or causing the wires to overheat and become a fire hazard.

When extension cords, appliance wires and outlets are incompatible, people often use adapters to make things fit. Most commonly, people have a three-prong plug and a two-prong outlet. The third prong is the ground, and it offers important safety advantages. A much better long-run solution is to have an electrician replace your 2-prong outlets with properly grounded three-prong outlets. Heavy-duty appliances have plug configurations that are unique. Never use an adapter to fit these into more standard outlets.


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