Easy Appliance Cleaning!

While you’re spring cleaning everything this 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.

Dishwasher

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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.

Oven

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Mix baking soda and vinegar, and … Read more...

Get Outside, Get Active, Get Healthy!

Now that the weather is the best it’s been all year, there’s no excuse to stay indoors! This is especially good news for those of you who aren’t fans of going to the gym. Now you can get outside to stay active and healthy!

If you don’t already have one, you’re going to want to get your hands on a Fitbit. Among other features, these sleek and stylish wristbands track your steps, calories burned, and active minutes, so you can make sure you’re on top of your health each day. It will be super encouraging to see your Fitbit track your activity now that the weather is warming up. We tend to be far less sedentary when the weather … Read more...

Get Your Car Ready for Spring!

After a harsh winter full of damaging weather and road conditions, it’s time to get your car back in shape for spring. This is going to be a season full of adventures, so we need to make sure our vehicles are ready to go. Here’s how!

1. Give it a thorough cleaning. I’m talking both interior and exterior—your car needs it. Between all the snow and ice that was coating the paint and the dirt and grime that got caked in the carpet, your car is almost definitely in need of a good wash. Start by cleaning out all the junk you’ve accumulated during the winter. What are you keeping your car that doesn’t need to be thee? Is there … Read more...

9 Items You Need to Host the Ultimate Basketball Party

March is upon us, which means it’s time for America to begin its annual collective freak-out over basketball tournaments. While this might seem like an exercise in insanity to an outsider, it’s actually pretty cool. People use this as an opportunity to throw parties, reunite with friends, or bond with their families. If you’re planning to host a basketball party, make it the most memorable event of the year with some of the following items:

1. LED TV

Haier TV

If you’ve already signed on to host this shindig, I assume you have a TV in your home (or your guests are going to be a bit disappointed). What you might not have is a good TV. If you want to fully … Read more...

The Guide to Last Minute Christmas & Holiday Shopping

By Bernd [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Bernd [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s December 20 and your home is beautifully decorated with all the Christmas presents wrapped and placed under the tree. No? This is not your home? That’s okay, it’s not ours either. Sometimes no matter how hard we try to keep on track, there’s always some last minute shopping to do for the holidays.

P.C. Richard & Son has put together a helpful guide for last minute Christmas shopping including DIY gift ideas and ways to have items shipped quickly.

Power of the List

Don’t underestimate the power of the shopping list. There’s a reason Santa makes a list every year and checks it twice. A list helps you stick to a … Read more...

Know Your Ovens: Our Best Baking Ovens for the Holidays

Photo by Marianne Muegenburg Cothern via: freeforcommercialuse.org
Photo by Marianne Muegenburg Cothern via: freeforcommercialuse.org

The holidays are filled with a multitude of sweet and savory treats. From roast turkeys to pumpkin pie and cookies for Santa, homes around the world begin to fill with the delicious aromas of holiday foods. However, an oven with uneven heating doesn’t measure up for the passionate baker. P.C. Richard & Son has a put together a list of the best baking ovens for the holidays and for meals throughout the year.

Best Baking Oven: Gas or Electric?

The controversy sometimes rages among bakers, are the best ovens for baking gas or electric? Some bakers state that an electric oven provides a more consistent temperature thereby offering more even baking, while other … Read more...

Parent’s Guide to a Safe & Fun Halloween

 

From costSafe Halloween Blogumes to candy, Halloween is jam-packed with fun and treats! As parents we want our little ones to enjoy trick-or-treating, but we also want them to be safe.  Here are some great safety tips that will ensure a happy and safe Halloween:

Trick-or-Treating in Your Neighborhood: Safety Tips

  • Plan ahead. Plan your route before heading out. Map out a direct route that has sidewalks or safe pathways to walk and the fewest street crossings.
  • Young children should never be out alone without adult supervision, especially during the night. If you can’t go trick-or-treating with your children, make sure they’re going with a group and an adult who can. If you have older children that are mature
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Home for the Holidays: Cozy Guest Room Ideas & Essentials

Home For The Holidays

The invitation has been extended and accepted. Now it’s time to prepare the room for your holiday guests. Let P.C. Richard & Son help you prepare for visitors with guest room ideas for family and friends.

Reclaim the Space as a Bedroom

If you’ve been using the spare room as a workout space, office, craft room or a dumping ground for the stuff your family accumulates, now is the time to reclaim the space as an actual bedroom. Clear out any personal items and thoroughly clean the room from top to bottom, including carpet and window treatment cleaning. If possible, relocate any exercise equipment as it will make the room and your guests feel cramped for space during their visit.… Read more...

Make Household Cleaning a Team Effort

Household Cleaning a Team Effort

We know it’s not easy to keep a home neat and clean, but when it comes to tackling chores it’s much better to make it a team effort then to go it alone. Here are some tips and tricks on how to get everybody involved.

Start Them Young

Do you think your child(ren) are too young to take on chores? Think again! Younger children are natural helpers and take pride in accomplishing tasks. The key is assigning tasks that are within their capabilities. If your children are young 2 or 3 years of age, assign a simple task such as putting their toys away when they are done playing. At first you will need to help them and give them … Read more...

Creating the Ultimate Backyard Tailgate

 

 

Backyard Tailgate

Football season is here! If you follow the games or not, there is room for everyone to get involved in the excitement. Game day is a great excuse to get friends and family together for some fun and good food. If you like throwing parties, and want to impress your friends, here’s everything you need to throw the ultimate backyard tailgate:

 

The Big Game on a Big Screen 

Don’t make a rookie mistake and use an indoor TV outside. Even if you plan to take the TV back inside after the game, you run a risk of damaging the TV and voiding your warranty. Instead, try a SunBrite Outdoor TV or outdoor projection screen.  It may seem … Read more...