Is Your Dryer Taking Too Long to Dry Clothes?

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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Easy Appliance Cleaning!

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.

Dishwasher

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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DIY Sugar Scrub for Mother’s Day

Did you miss our post last week about what to get Mom, and now you’re running behind on Mother’s Day shopping? We’ve got you covered. Ordering online may be cutting it close timewise, but it’s not too late to make her something! Sugar scrubs are super easy to make, and they’re amazing beauty products. They gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it soft and rejuvenated. There are a ton of different kinds, but my favorite is a simple brown sugar scrub. Here’s how to make it!

You’ll need:

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup brown sugar

A container of some sort

Optional:

Raw cane sugar

Any additions you’d like (citrus, essential oils, vanilla extract, etc.)


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How to Make Iced Coffee at Home

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to transition from the comforting warmth of hot coffee to the refreshing coolness of iced coffee. Fortunately, this is super easy to do at home! There’s a misconception that you need cold brew K-Cups or special brew-over-ice gear, and these things are great, but you can easily make iced coffee with the things you already have. Just follow this simple process!

1. Gather materials. You’ll need a Keurig, a K-Cup, ice, a cup, whatever additions you like to put in your coffee, and a stirrer.

2. Fill your cup with ice. Make sure it’s safe to hold hot liquids!

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Tips to Organizing your Refrigerator

It’s the holiday season and, for those hosting family and friends, that means a full fridge… but a full fridge doesn’t have to be a cluttered one. There’s nothing worse than having to dig around your fridge while trying to prepare dinner!  Save yourself the hassle by getting your refrigerator organized and keeping it that way. Here are some tips:

The first thing you should do is clean out your refrigerator. How long has it been since you did a deep clean? Now is a great time to remove all items, dispose of expired products, and scrub the inside clean. Once your fridge is cleaned, it’s time to get organized!

As you replace items, keep these tips in mind.

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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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Introduction to Surround Sound

 

Want to have that same surround sound experience you get at the movie theater in your own home? You can, and it’s really simple! Here is a basic “Do It Yourself” introduction to setting up a home theater system in your own home.

You will need a home theater receiver and at least six speakers; including a powered subwoofer. You can keep it simple by buying a pre-matched surround sound speaker system.

When purchasing your speaker system, keep the size of your room and TV size in mind.  If you have a big TV or a medium-to-large size room, choose larger speakers.  Where you position each speaker, depending upon the layout and shape of your room, may affect Read more...

Keurig Iced Coffee: Perfect for Warm Weather!

Did you know that making iced teas and coffees with your Keurig machine is just as easy as making hot drinks? Now that it’s finally getting warmer outside, it’s nice to relax with an ice-cold French vanilla coffee.

Brewing these delicious drinks is easy: Fill your cup (avoid using glass) to the very top with ice. Then, pop your favorite K-cup into the machine and set it to brew either 6 or 8 ounces. This will give you a potent shot of flavor that will melt some of the ice and give you the perfect flavor-to-liquid ratio. Stir it up and you’re all set to climb into the hammock and enjoy a nice sunny day.

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