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 top vs. front load washers.
Here are the top seven points to keep in mind when choosing a front-load or top-load washer.
Size and Space
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Clothes dryers consume more energy than any other household appliance, so when you’re in the market for a new one, energy efficiency is a high-priority feature. One big factor in a dryer’s energy consumption is whether it is vented or ventless, and we’re here to make your dryer decision easier by giving you details on each dryer style!
How Does a Vented Dryer Work?
A traditional vented dryer uses either gas combustion or an electric heating element to heat air. The warmed air streams into the dryer’s tumbler, runs over and around the whirling clothes, and is then expelled by way of an exterior vent. While vented dryers tend to be the most affordable types, their operation does require a … Read more...
When it’s time to buy a new appliance, lots of shoppers place “Energy Efficiency” at the top of their priority list. Washers and dryers offer a variety of options for sizes and styles, and it can be a challenge to balance energy efficiency without sacrificing the capacity or power you need to get your clothes clean. Here are some tips on getting the most energy-efficient laundry appliances for your home!
What is ENERGY STAR®?
ENERGY STAR® is a certification given to appliances evaluated by the EPA to meet strict energy efficiency criteria. These appliances exceed the national standards for appliance efficiency by at least 20%. Seeking out a washer and dryer with the ENERGY STAR® label is a great way … Read more...
Dishwashers are stupendous appliances. They’re easy to use, they’re reliable, and they spare you from a mind-numbingly boring chore. Sometimes, however, the machine itself could use a good cleaning – dishwasher interiors can become scourged with food buildup, soap scum, and hard water stains, and you may need to take some time to restore it to its original glory. The good news is there are plenty of easy and safe cleaning options available; most are probably already in your kitchen cabinets! Here are some great methods for getting your dishwasher cleaner, with only the tiniest bit of effort.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher with Vinegar
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You’ve had it with trekking to the laundromat, and you’re ready to begin the doing-laundry-at-home chapter of your life. The only foreseeable issue: you live in an apartment, and thus aren’t exactly swimming in open space. Never fear! There are plenty of options available for the apartment-dwelling clothes launderer. If your apartment has an available laundry hookup and you’re ready to begin considering your at-home laundry options, we’ve got a breakdown of the best apartment washers and dryers!
The Stacked Washer and Dryer
This is probably the first style that comes to mind when you think of an apartment-size washer and dryer: A separate washer and dryer in a single unit. Most models have a top load washer serving as the … Read more...
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
Don’t underestimate good old-fashioned elbow grease. If you’re looking for a convenient, effective, and safe way to clean stainless steel appliances, a damp cloth and your own muscle power is a good … Read more...
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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