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.
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First, clean out your fridge. Throw away any expired food and wiping down all surfaces with a mild detergent (dish washing liquid will do) and warm water. Don’t forget to remove and soak your refrigerator veggie drawers and meat pans, since nasty bacteria can grow there.
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Did you know that your washer can harbor such dangerous bacteria and organisms as hepatitis A virus, norovirus, salmonella and E. coli and that those organisms can be transferred from the machine to newly-cleaned clothes and ultimately to you? That’s why it’s important to clean your washing machine regularly.
Dirty clothes and underwear introduce a variety of bacteria into the washing machine environment. If you skip bleach and routinely wash in cold or warm water, you are not killing the bacteria inside your machine.
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If you are pre-rinsing your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, you are not only wasting your time and water, you are also causing them to come out dirtier.
Most newer dishwashers — those sold within the past five years and costing more than $500 — have a sensor that determines how thorough a wash is needed. “If you’ve already rinsed off much of the muck, the sensor misreads the dishes as already fairly clean,” writes ConsumerReports.org.
Your dishwasher detergent is also designed to “attach themselves to food particles,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Without food, the enzymes have nothing to latch onto, says P&G.”
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When’s the last time you looked under your range hood? If it’s been a while, that probably means your range hood filter needs a good cleaning.
Depending on your filter type, you can either clean and re-use your range hood filter or replace it. If you have a charcoal range hood filter, then you will need to buy a new one. Most experts recommend you replace your range hood filter every six months. For charcoal-based grease filters, after a while, the Continue reading
Does your dishwasher leave a white film on your clean dishes? It might not be your dishwasher’s fault. In 2010, phosphates were removed from most commercial dishwasher cleaners. In areas with hard water, this left dishwasher-cleaned dishes and glasses with a white film on the cleaned dishes due to minerals in the water.
To get rid of this, try adding a dishwasher booster like Lemi Shine. Lemi Shine removes tough water spots from dishes and glassware. Just add it to your regular dishwasher cleaner or else run your dishwasher with it alone on cleaned dishes to remove white film and hard water spots.
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- Toss a dry towel in with your wet dryer load. It will shorten your load’s drying time.
- Pay attention to the buzzer. As soon as your dryer’s buzzer sounds, put your next load in to maximize any heat already produced in your dryer from the last load.
- Hang up or fold warm laundry to avoid wrinkles.
- Install a rack near your dryer to hang up any items that wrinkle easy. A shower tension rod or an old ladder suspended from the ceiling work well.
- Dingy whites? Hang items on a line outside in bright sunshine to dry and whiten them.
- Use a basket or bin system for each family member who can come and get their clean laundry themselves. They can also use the basket to transport their dirty laundry to the laundry room.
- Stinky gym clothes? If it’s a synthetic blend, try rinsing them out with cold water after wearing and launder immediately. You can also try freezing the offending item to see if it destroys the odor.