Monthly Archives: September 2012

Going Green

 We are all aware of global warming, and how important it is to start going “green.” This subject of going green is a very important one, and there are steps we can all take to help do our part to leave green footstep on the world! The steps we take can be as easy as recycling, or changing out light bulbs for energy saving ones.

According to the American Council for an Energy- Efficient Economy, “American homes use almost 25% of the energy consumed in the United States.” There are things we can do in our homes to help bring that number down a significant percent. One very simple thing to start doing is to make sure you shut off lights when you are not using them- it is that easy. Make sure that when you leave a room you check to make sure the light(s) is off. Another simple step you can take is to change all of the light bulbs in your house to energy efficient light bulbs.

“A analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that the standards will save the country more than $12.5 billion annually when fully implemented in 2020. Each household would see its energy costs drop by 7%, about $85 per household each year. This would eliminate the need for 33 large power plants.” [ bulbs-how-much-do-you-really-save ]

Just by making that simple change we are doing a lot of help for the environment and our wallets!

Now lets talk about what we can do with our appliances to keep up going green. Minimum efficiency standards for appliances and lighting have been one of the most successful policies used by states and federal government to save energy. These standards prohibit any production and import or sale of appliances and other energy consuming products less efficient than the minimum requirements. This helps to reduces pollution. [ ]

When shopping for a new appliance take a look at the Energy Guide Label. Below is a picture to help you decode these guides, found at

How much energy are you saving with your new energy start appliances?

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New refrigerators today use 75% less energy than fridges produced in the late 1970’s. By replacing your old fridge with a new one that meets standards you will save more than $100 a year, and with an energy star models you will save an additional 15 percent or more.

Replacing a pre-1994 washer with an Energy Star model can save a family $110 a year on utility bills. Energy Star washers use 50 percent less energy than other standard models, and only 18 to 25 gallons of water for a full-sized load, compared to 40 gallons for standard full-size washers. Many Energy Star models also advertise lower fabric wear, better stain removal and briefer drying times.” []

Buying a new dishwasher comes with two benefits, not only will you be saving energy but new dishwashers are better at getting your dishes clean! Energy start dishwashers are 25 percent more efficient than the minimum standards, and can save you $25 dollars a year. They will also save you time by cleaning your dishes better and eliminate the time it takes rinsing off every dish before.

These are just some of the ways you and your family can start going green. So start off small, and work your way to having your whole house energy saving!

How to Make DIY Dishwasher Detergent

We are all for saving money and living sustainably, so today we are sharing one of our favorite money saving techniques- DIY dish soap for your dishwasher.  Not only is it inexpensive, it WORKS!


As of July 1, 2010, all of the detergent makers have removed phosphates from their detergents because the chemical compounds pollute lakes, bays and streams. They create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen.

In order to keep your dishes sparkly and clean (and save the fish as well), several home remedies have been stumbled upon, and work surprisingly well. Just try for yourself!

For dishwasher Detergent, you have a couple of options:

Option One:

  1. ½ cup Borax, found in the detergent aisle in any major store

  2. ½ cup Washing Soda, (NOT baking soda), should be able to find this near Borax

  3. ¼ cup Citric Acid, responsible for the “sparkle and shine”, may be difficult to find, may be the best bet for this one.

  4. ¼ cup coarse kosher salt, used as a scrubber


Mix together until even. Use I Tbs per load.

Use vinegar as a rinse aid instead of a store bought rinse aid.

Option Two: (simpler option)

  1. 1 teaspoon of oxygen bleach

  2. ½ teaspoon of Dawn dish soap


Simply place the oxygen bleach and Dawn in the detergent dispenser, no mixing needed. Place ½ cup of vinegar in a cup on the top shelf, this way the vinegar will be diluted and will be evenly dispersed throughout the dishwasher.

Option Three:

  1. 1 cup Borax

  2. 1 cup Washing Soda


Mix together, use 1 Tbs per dishwasher load

Use vinegar as a rinse aid

Option Four:

  1. Baking Soda

  2. Washing Soda

  3. Lemonade Drink Mix (for the sparkle and shine effect and a pleasant smell)


Mix all ingredients together, use 1Tbs per dishwasher load.

May use vinegar as a rinse aid if necessary.

May need to adjust the recipe and amounts according to your dishwasher type and water hardness.

(Mom’s recipe 😉)

The measurements may vary by region, depending on the hardness or softness of your water, you may need to adjust the ratios to give your dishes that good old sparkle you used to know.

And remember for all of your appliance parts needs, visit!

Need a New Washer or Dryer?

Do you or someone that you know deserve new laundry appliances?  

Maybe your washer or dryer is so loud you have to turn your television all the way up, or maybe you have more people in your family and doing 30 loads of laundry in your small appliances just will no do anymore…

Submit a short (or long) video showing or telling us why your washer and dryer just won’t cut it anymore!  You could win brand new laundry appliances! 

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