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Thursday, April 27, 2017

De-stink Your Sink!

Garbage disposals have to do a lot, and its no surprise that they periodically need to be cleaned. Luckily, doing so is super easy and quick. Here's how you do it:


Pour half a cup of baking soda down the disposal, then pour a full cup of white vinegar on top of it. This will make it all fizzy sounding, which is normal. Let it sit for a couple minutes. In the mean time, go boil a kettle or pot of water. Once it is boiling, pour the water down the sink. This helps get things loose easy to clean off.

After that, put two drinking glasses of ice down the disposal. Then grab rock salt (normal salt will work, just not as well) and put it over the ice. Turn the sink's water on and turn the disposal on. Keep the disposal on until you can't see the ice anymore. This gets the gunk off of the blades of the disposal.

After that, keep running the water and the disposal and get the citrus of your choice, a lemon, orange, or lime, and put them down the sink. This helps deodorize your now clean sink!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

4 Tips on How to Dry Your Clothes Faster

1. Clean out your lint
Lint build up is the #1 thing that prevents effective drying. Keep it clean to dry your clothes fast!

2. Wring out your clothes before you put them in the dryer
No use in drying it in the dryer when you could take a lot of the water out yourself.

3. Put dry towels in with a load
This makes it to where the towels absorb much of the water. Divide and conquer the water!

4. Make your dryer vent hose shorter
This one is a bit more labor intensive, but could help tremendously. The shorter the hose, the more efficient your dryer becomes. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to easily and quickly dry your shoes!

 Tie the shoe laces together tightly.

Put the shoes in the dryer, but have the shoe laces to be outside of the dryer. This allows the shoes to dangle against the door in the dryer. Put on low heat and dry your shoes!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

4 Simple Water Heater Maintenance Tips

1. Keep it clear

As cluttered as the garage might be, its a good idea to keep items away from your water heater. 

2. TURN THE WATER OFF!

This water is HOT! You don't want to be tinkering with the water heater and accidentally give yourself 2nd degree burns. Make sure you turn the water off before you start fixing the water heater!

3. Type

The first solution to any problem is identifying it! To do this, you should make sure you know what kind of water heater you have. There are natural gas, electric or propane, tank-type, and tankless-types. 

4. Drain

Debris and sediments can build up in your water heater, which causes them not to work as well over time. Once a year its a good idea to drain your water heater.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Microwave Safe Plastics

Have you ever wondered what types of plastics are safe to use in the microwave? Today is your lucky day, because we have a guide for you! On plastic products, they list the type of plastic it is, there is plastic types #1-#7. Here's a list of the safe ones, and what they commonly are used for!


Microwave Safe:

#2 (High-Density Polyethylene)

Commonly used for milk jugs and shampoo/conditioner bottles.

#4 (Low-density polyethylene)

Mostly used for grocery bags, thin waterproof lining, and occasionally some packaging material

#5 (Polypropylene)

Commonly used for plastic cups, yogurt cups, and plastic containers.


Microwave Sparingly:

#1 (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Commonly used for soda and water bottles.

#7 (Polycarbonate)

Commonly used for electrical wiring, DVD cases, and baby bottles


Unsafe for Microwave:

#3 (Polyvinyl Chloride)

Commonly used for cling wrap, pvc, and curtains.

#6 (Polystyrene)

Commonly used for disposable silverware, egg cartons, and foam cups.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

7 Top Hints When Working on Your Appliance

  1. Be aware of sharp edges
  2. Tie back long hair
  3. Wear proper safety gear
  4. Unplug the Appliance
  5. Work in well lit areas
  6. Remove all jewelry
  7. Lift with your legs, not your back
If you're unsure about doing any work on your own appliance, call us at 208-344-6700 or stop by at 609 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Too any Burn Brownies? Your Oven May Need Re-calibrating.

Are your brownies always turning out burnt? Your oven may need to be re-calibrated. Luckily, the re-calibration process is easy.

You first need to make sure your oven really needs to be re-calibrated. The tried and true method is to put a cooking thermometer in the oven and see if it says what you put the oven at.

If you don't have an oven, there's another way. Make 2 small cups out of aluminum foil and put a spoonful of sugar in each of them. Set the oven for 355 and put one of the packets in. After 15 minutes, increase the temperature to 375 and leave both for another 15 minutes. If the first cup's sugar is still white and the second melts and turns brown, your oven is calibrated. If both cups' sugar stay white, your oven is too cool. If both are brown, your oven is too hot.

If your oven needs re-calibrating, give us a call at 208-371-8676