Thunderstorm Curiosities!

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When it thunderstorms, everyone seems to understand the basic rules. Don’t go under trees, retreat inside, etc. But has it ever started thunder storming, but you needed to shower or washing the dishes? Ever think if it was safe to do this? Read below for the answer.

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Why is the Clothes Dryer Leaving Black or Brown Marks on My Laundry?

Laundry coming out of a dryer with newly added black or brown marks could mean that the dryer is overheating or some parts are failing. Here’s how to troubleshoot this problem.

Dryer Overheating

If the top of the clothes dryer feels hot to the touch and the laundry inside also feel too hot for the cycle selection, this could be caused by one of the following scenarios or failing parts.

Dryer Venting

Blocked or Restricted Dryer Vent

The dryer vent helps remove moisture from inside the dryer and some of that hot air also contains small pieces of lint from laundry items. Overtime, lint can accumulate inside the venting and block it. This could cause heat to build up inside the dryer drum. Without proper air circulation, items and parts inside the dryer can become damaged due to the heat. Excess lint build-up could also be a fire hazard.

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Clean Your Sponge and Kill Harmful Bacteria – 3 Easy Ways

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Question, what gets dirtier the more it cleans? A sponge, and in this case the kitchen sponge. It is never thought of when cleaning the dishes because most people assume it’s clean since its job is to clean; however, research shows that sponges can be dirtier than the toilet seat based on how much bacteria can accumulate overtime. If sponges are left soaking after cleaning, bacteria can begin to grow. Below are some cleaning tips to make sure that the sponge is clean while it’s cleaning.

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DON’T put this in the Dishwasher!

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Dishwashers seem to be life savers when it comes to how many dishes pile up over time. However, there are some dishes that shouldn’t go into the dishwasher because they can be tough on certain dishes. Read below for more information on which dishes should be left out of the dishwasher.

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Fall Safety

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The season of fall has arrived. The fun of the cooler season will be here with the colorful fall activities such as apple picking, pumpkin picking and many more. There is something a lot of people forget around this time. Safety! There is never a wrong time to learn about safety during the changing seasons. Read below to see what you may have forgotten this fall.

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The Hidden Areas That Are Making Your Refrigerator Smell

Refrigerator Drip PanStrong smells from inside a refrigerator are most likely caused by spoiled or rotting foods. However, sometimes after clearing out and disposing of spoiled items, you are still left with a lingering bad odor inside the refrigerator. If this is your situation, here are some areas inside and outside your refrigerator that could be the source of the stink.

The Most Common Sources of Refrigerator Odors

First, be sure to eliminate the most common source of refrigerator odors by cleaning out the refrigerator. Go through all food and condiments and throw out anything rotten or expired. Store any food you plan on keeping in a cooler with ice to keep it safe while you give your fridge a good cleaning.

Remove all shelving, drawers and crisper bins and wash them using warm soapy water and dry them by hand.

Finally, wipe down the interior of the fridge using a water and baking soda solution to absorb smells.

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More Summer Cleaning!

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The Summer season is over and it’s time to begin the cleaning process before the fall weather comes. There are a few items to clean that can help with Summer preparation and the colder seasons that will be arriving shortly. Read below for a few items that can be cleaned and prepared for the future seasons to come.

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It’s Fall Season!

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Now that all the hard work for preparing your house is about done, it’s time to get the interior all set too.There’s nothing like coming home after a long work or school day and being able to unwind in a beautifully decorated and perfectly comforting home. Here are a few tips to help make the fall wonderland come true.

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End of Summer Maintenance!

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Since the end of summer is coming up within a few weeks, it’s time to get the house ready for winter so you can save money and be happy about it. Below are a few tips for the end of Summer maintenance.

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Gas Range Does Not Heat Up – How to Troubleshoot Gas Range Heating Problems

Kenmore gas oven with door openA gas oven that does not heat up is usually caused by a weakened or defective glow bar ignitor or a defective spark electrode. Both these parts work with the gas safety valve to ignites the gas that heats an oven. However, other parts could be the cause behind an oven that does not heat. Here’s how to troubleshoot. Continue reading