Category Archives: Cleaning

Reasons Why Your Oven is Smoking

Reasons Why Your Oven is SmokingAn oven that produces smoke when baking or broiling food might be due for a good cleaning or it may also indicate defective part or the need for a repair.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.

New Oven

If you have a new oven, it’s recommended that a “burn in” is performed before using it to bake or cook food. The smoke produced from the new oven burn in process can be caused by the protective coating used on new oven, or can even be caused by the insulation surrounding the oven. Once the burn in is completed, your oven should be smoke-free.

For more information about “New Oven Burn In”, see our blog post on the topic.

Dirty Oven

Left over food bits and grease can cause Continue reading


Don’t Put Pumpkin Pulp Down the Garbage Disposer

A reminder for Halloween – never put seeds or pumpkin pulp in the sink drain, garbage disposer or the toilet. The pulp and seeds from the pumpkin can harden and clog the drain, sewer and even break the garbage disposer.

Instead, wrap up the inside material from the pumpkin in newspaper and dispose of it in the trash, or use it a garden compost pile.

Don't put pumpkin pulp down the drain it can ruin the garbage disposer

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds can be cleaned and baked as a treat! Here is a simple recipe.

  • Gather and separate the pumpkin seeds from the pulp and rinse thoroughly to clean off any pulp. Place the wet seeds on a paper towel to dry.
  • Mix the seeds with some melted butter and salt and spread apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Preheat the oven for 350°F. Place the baking sheet with seeds into the preheated oven and roast from 15-20 minutes.

Get creative by using different seasonings on your seeds. Make sweet pumpkin seeds by adding cinnamon, sugar or honey, or go spicy and add paprika, cumin and cayenne.

How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets

Your sheets might seem clean, but consider this fact from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “the average adult person may shed up to 1.5 grams of skin in a day. This is enough to feed one million dust mites!”

In addition to sweat, skin oils, and saliva, your bed sheets could be harboring millions of dust mites and if you have allergies, this could be making them worse. To get rid of these mites, consider changing or washing your bed sheets once a week.

Here are some tips to get the cleanest sheets. Continue reading

Why Do Plastic Items Never Dry In My Dishwasher?

Why Do Plastic Items Never Dry In My Dishwasher?

When you open your dishwasher to unload your newly cleaned dishes, why does it seem that plastic containers, plates and glasses are still wet? The answer has to do with heat absorption, evaporation, and the design of modern energy-efficient dishwashers.

Metal, glass and ceramic items absorb and hold more heat during the washing cycle and also hold in the heat for a longer period of time. The lingering heat also helps to Continue reading

Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings

Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings Choosing the right settings on your washer and dryer can help reduce the added stress each item goes through every time you wash and dry it. Learning the best laundry settings will help preserve your favorite items of clothing and help all your laundry look it’s best.

Preparing the Laundry for Washing

Always read and follow the care instructions on the label.

Sort the laundry by color and fabric type to make sure that delicate items are not put on the same cycle as items with sturdier fabric.

Turn pockets inside-out to prevent items like candy and lip balm from being included in your wash cycle.

Turn items inside out to help preserve their color.

Use this sorting time to exam each piece for stains that might need to be pre-treated. Although, the ideal time to treat stains is as soon as they happen to minimize the stain and prevent it from setting into the fabric.

Washing Machine Settings

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Can You Leave Wet Clothes in the Washer Overnight?

Opps, you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer and left them in the washer overnight. So what should you do? Give them the old smell test and if they smell ok, dry them as you normally would.

According to the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science, wet clothes can Continue reading

Add Appliances to Your Spring Cleaning

Vacuum Crevice Wand Attachment

Vacuum Crevice Wand Attachment

Be sure to add cleaning out your clothes dryer to your spring cleaning check list. Experts advise you do this twice a year to get rid of dangerous lint build-up which can be a fire hazard and also cause your dryer to perform poorly.

Make the job easier by using a crevice cleaning vacuum attachment that can help you reach inside your dryer, and underneath the drum. You can also Continue reading

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