How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Dirty clothes go in and clean clothes come out; it’s like magic! Only this magic is limited to how well you take care of your washing machine. Did you know you should clean your washing machine once a month? Dirt and grime that gets removed from your laundry during a washing cycle winds up trapped within the machine, and over time clothes may not come out as clean and fresh smelling as they once did. If you want to keep your washer running at its best and avoid buildup of mold, mildew, and scum that contribute to odor, you need to clean your machine. Here’s how:

Things You Should Know

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Self-Cleaning vs. Non-Self-Cleaning Ovens: Things to Consider

When it comes to being productive in the kitchen, automated appliances can make cooking tasks go quicker and easier. Such is often the case with self-cleaning ovens. Decide if a self-cleaning unit is right for you when you consider the following:

Advantages of Self-Cleaning Ovens

The benefits of owning a self-cleaning oven are many. Here are just a few reasons why it pays to get a one that cleans itself:

Convenience

No need to toil away scrubbing spilled, baked on casserole out of the bottom of the oven. Simply turn on the self-cleaning feature, and you’ll soon see a sparkling-clean oven interior once again.

They’re energy efficient

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DSLR Cameras vs. Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

Not sure whether to purchase a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera or a point-and-shoot digital camera?  Typically, if you’re a casual shooter, you’ll probably want a point-and-shoot. If you’re serious about your photo taking skills, you’ll probably want a DSLR. Are you somewhere in the middle?  If so, read on to learn the benefits of both cameras…. then decide which suits you best!

Benefits of Using a DSLR Camera

Image Quality

DSLR cameras typically have much larger image sensors. Having a big sensor helps to capture more pixels and results in better image quality.

Speed

Generally, DSLR cameras are faster when it comes to starting up, focusing, and shutter lag. They are capable of capturing 10 frames per second.… Read more...

3 Simple Tips to Save Money While Running Your Air Conditioner

As the temperature rises, so does the electric bill. Running your air conditioner during the summer months is quite costly, but with these simple tips, you won’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save some money.

1. Make Sure Your Air Conditioner is the Right Size

When it comes to maximizing your comfort while minimizing your electric bill, size matters. If you purchase an air conditioner that’s too large, you could be throwing money away. However, if you purchase an air conditioner that’s too small, it’s likely you’re not cooling your space efficiently. Having the right size air conditioning system is key. Whether you have a window air conditioner unit or a portable air conditioning unit, you need to make … Read more...

How to Clean & Maintain Your Grill

Your grill works hard all summer long and could use a good scrubbing before another season of grilling. Here are some quick tips on how to clean and properly maintain it.

Note: This type of cleaning should be done after every 8-10 uses.

Step 1: Prep

Before you start, make sure your grill is off and cooled down. If you have a gas grill, make sure to disconnect the propane tank. Fill a bucket or pan with warm, soapy water and place the grates inside to soak.

Step 2: Remove Ash & Residue

If you have a charcoal grill, remove the coal grate and brush out the insides. If you have a gas grill, remove the briquettes, lava rocks, or … Read more...

Generator Safety Tips: Dos & Don’ts You Need to Know

If you really want to be prepared the next time the power goes out, a portable generator is the way to go! You’ll have the lights back on in no time at all. Here are the dos and don’ts to operating your generator and keeping you and your family safe.

Portable Generator Safety Tips

  • Choose the generator that’s right for you. When choosing the right generator, first consider what you will be powering in your home. Will it be your lights, appliances, or other household equipment? You’ll need to figure out how much power they require and total it up. You’ll need to purchase a generator that produces more power than what will be drawn from your home’s equipment. 
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How an Additional Freezer Can Save You Money & Time

Are you looking to save money on groceries? We all are, and a great way to do that is with an additional freezer. It may sound silly to suggest spending money to save money, but the amount you can save is well worth the investment. Not just in it for the savings? A second freezer can also save you a lot of time!

Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider a second freezer for your family:

Buy in Bulk

One of the biggest ways to save money on groceries is buying frozen foods in bulk. With an additional freezer, you can cash in on sale items without worrying about if you have the space to store them. The … Read more...

Common Washing Machine Problems and Solutions

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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How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Weather can be unpredictable, and we need to keep ourselves and loved ones safe during a bad storm. Here are some basic things you can do to prepare your home for loss of power any time of year:

Things to do before a power outage

  • Be prepared for injuries. You should have an emergency kit at your home that’s fully stocked with bandages in various sizes, sterile dressings and gloves, hand sanitizer and antibiotic towelettes, a thermometer, pain medicines, tweezers, and scissors. Make sure you purchase or build your own first aid kit that is large enough for your family.
  • Make sure your generator is up and running. Review generator safety tips before using your generator for the first time
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Wine Cooler Buying Guide

Whether your hobby is to collect exotic or rare vintages, or you just enjoy having plenty of wine on hand for impromptu guests, proper wine storage is a smart investment for you. If you are serious about the quality of your wine, a wine cooler will help support its preservation.

Here are some quick tips to help you decide which wine cooler is best for you!

Bottle Capacity & Location

This should be the first thing you consider. Are you a big-time wine collector, or just a casual wine lover? Wine coolers come in various capacities. The depth of your collection ultimately determines which cooler you should be looking at. Small coolers can store as low as 6 bottles, while … Read more...