According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a dishwasher is present in 68% of American homes. However, a full 20% of people who own a dishwasher use it less than once a week. What gives? If people have access to such a convenient appliance, why wouldn’t they make it a point to use it whenever possible? Unfortunately, many people are misinformed about the effectiveness of dishwashers, and genuinely believe that hand-washing is a better choice. We are here to make the case in favor of dishwasher use and debunk some unsubstantiated rumors. If you’re on the fence, we promise you’ll be on Team Dishwasher by the end of this article!
Dishwashers Conserve Water & are More Energy Efficient
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It’s time to buy a new washing machine, but which do you choose: the traditional top-load washer, or the stylish front-load washer? Both have their advantages and choosing between the two usually comes down to personal preference. The top-load washer, referred to as the traditional washer, is believed by some to be the more well-known and reliable choice, while front-load washers are known for their stylish design, convenient features, and energy efficiency. To help you decide which washer is right for you, we’ve outlined some of the biggest differences between the two below.
Here are the top 7 differences between top-load washers and front-load washers:
Size and Space
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It’s called “stainless,” but that doesn’t mean it can’t get dirty. Stainless steel refrigerators, dishwashers, cooktops and ranges all see their fair share of grime, food splatter, and fingerprints, and sometimes people are uncertain of the best way to clean stainless steel appliances. We are here to give the inside scoop on some gentle-but-effective stainless steel cleaners that you’ve probably already got in your home. With these five great cleaning options, every inch of your kitchen’s stainless steel will be spotless in no time!
Water and a Cloth
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Buying a new appliance like a dryer can be exciting (“So many choices!”), but nerve-racking (“So… many… choices.”). A common dilemma is trying to understand the differences between a gas dryer and an electric dryer. Questions about efficiency, affordability, and maintenance for each are probably at the forefront of your mind. We’re happy to guide you through those concerns to bring you to the perfect dryer choice! By the time you get to the bottom of this page, you’ll have a clear idea of the best type of clothes dryer for your home.
Which Dryer is Easier to Install?
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Washing machines are amazing and convenient. Dirty clothes go in, clean clothes come out – it’s like magic! Well, this magic depends on how well you take care of your washing machine. Dirt and crud that gets removed from your laundry during a washing cycle can end up trapped within the machine, and over time your clothes may not come out as clean and fresh-smelling as they once did. If you want to keep your washer free of mildew and grime, here are some helpful hints on how to clean a front-loading or top-loading washing machine!
How to Clean a Front-Load Washer
- If your front-load washer doesn’t have a self-cleaning cycle, you can clean it by turning on a hot
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Have you noticed recently that your dryer is just not drying your clothing as quickly as it used to? It may not mean that you need a new unit; you may need to give your current model a tune-up. You should inspect your dryer once a year to make sure everything is running efficiently! This can save you money over time.
Note: To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug the dryer from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.
Clean the Lint Trap
The lint trap at the front or top of your machine should be cleaned after each use. You should also wash the filter with warm, soapy water every few months.
Check the Vents
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Power surges and spikes occur more often than you’d think. A common misconception is that they only happen during lightning storms. That’s true, but surges can also be caused by electrical grid problems or a downed tree that hits a power line.
Power spikes are more common in homes. Similar to a surge but shorter, they occur from appliances that demand a lot of power. Spikes are as dangerous as surges because they’re loaded with thousands of volts.
Everyone owns appliances that can cause a spike at any moment. Depending on your home’s wiring, the occurrence can be frequent. Computers, TVs, and washing machines are all sensitive to voltage changes and can be damaged easily. They need to be protected, … Read more...
The next time your washing machine isn’t working, try checking all the simple things first before you call the repair man. Troubleshooting can save you a lot of time and money. If you still can’t resolve the issue after you have done these simple checks, then it might be time to call professional help.
Whether you have a front load washer or a top load washer, here are some common problems that can occur with your machine and easy solutions to fix them:
My washer is vibrating
There are a few possible reasons your washing machine could be vibrating:
- Unbalanced load of laundry
- The washer is not level
- The washer feet may not be locked in and contacting the floor
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While you’re cleaning everything this holiday season, don’t neglect your appliances! It’s sometimes easy to forget these things need to be cleaned periodically in order to continue to function optimally and keep the air in your home fresh. While this is important, not everyone has time to deep clean every item in their house. So here are some quick, easy ways to get your appliances sparkling without losing the whole day.
Wipe down the sides with an all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar. Then remove the bottom rack, and pour a cup of vinegar on the bottom of the machine. If you’re feeling frisky, sprinkle a 1/4 cup of baking soda on there.
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Having the family over for Thanksgiving? With everything from cooking and cleaning to decorating your home, prepping for the holidays can be a lot of work. Don’t get caught up in kitchen with tedious tasks… spend more time with your family and celebrate all that you’re thankful for! Use our prep tips to help #keepfamilyfirst, all while being the king or queen of the kitchen this holiday season.
Cleaning the Kitchen & Appliances
- Vacuum the day before company arrives… don’t worry about cleaning the day of!
- Organize and clean your refrigerator in advance to make room for leftovers… they’re the best!
- Tidy up the kitchen. Put away anything that looks messy or might get in the way.
- Clean your coffee maker or Keurig.
- Clean your
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