Turn leftover wrapping paper and ribbon into party confetti

ChristmaswrappingintonewyearsconfettiDon’t put away your Christmas wrapping paper yet, use any scraps and leftover ribbon and turn them into your New Year’s Eve party confetti.

You can use your paper shredder to easily create perfect strips, or try a hole punch to cut out perfect circles from shiny ribbon. Of course scissors works just as well. You can try folding the paper first to save time before cutting and to make more uniform strips.

Other ideas on what to do with left over wrapping  paper come from  www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com, who suggests using the paper as mailing packaging material, creating ribbons or lining your drawer with it.

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Appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

Appliances-can-help-you-keep-your-New-Year-resolutionsTrying to save money? Lose weight? Your appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Organize your refrigerator to save money and lose weight

Save money and lose weight by better organizing your refrigerator.  American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy, according to a statistic reported in the Washington Post. Make sure you use the food you buy before it expires by moving those items to the front of the fridge where you will be reminded to use them.

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Why does my ice maker keep freezing up?

The ice maker fill tube can be accessed from the back of the refrigerator depending on the model.

The ice maker fill tube can be accessed from the back of the refrigerator depending on the model.

A refrigerator ice maker that freezes up can be caused by a frozen ice maker fill tube, faulty water inlet valve, too low freezer temperature setting, or a water filter that needs replacing.

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 more

First, locate the water supply to your ice maker and turn off the water supply via the shut off valve. You may want to have a bucket and towels on hand for any extra remaining water in the water supply line.

Fill Tube and Water Supply Line Frozen

Whirlpool ice maker fill tube assembly used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators. Includes fill tube and compression nuts

Whirlpool ice maker fill tube assembly used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators. Includes fill tube and compression nuts

The fill tube and water supply line supplies water to your ice maker. The fill tube can be a separate part that connects to the water supply line and it enters from the back of your freezer and into your icemaker. You may need to remove your icemaker to see this tube and to check if it is frozen.

If the fill tube is frozen, you will need to thaw it out using hot water pored over the tube using a turkey baster, or else remove this part from your refrigerator and thaw it out in the sink. You can remove this part from behind your fridge by unscrewing a few screws and detaching the water supply line. Thaw in your sink and reattach.

Some methods suggest using a hairdryer to thaw out this part.  Be careful when using this method as dripping water and electricity could lead to a possible electric shock. Also, exposure to long periods of heat could damage the fill tube part.

Replace the Water Filter

If you have a refrigerator water filter, check to see if it needs replacing or consider replacing it.

Reset the Freezer Temperature

Check the temperature setting on your freezer as it might be set too low. You may want to bump it up a degree or two.

Refrigerator water inlet valve with water supply line attached.

Refrigerator water inlet valve with water supply line attached.

Water Inlet Valve

Water Inlet Valve. Dual outlet water valve used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators with water dispensers and ice makers.

Test the Water Inlet Valve

You may want to also test the water inlet valve. The water inlet valve controls the flow of water into the ice maker and is located in the rear of the refrigerator behind the back access panel. Sometimes this part can go bad and overfill the ice cube tray when it is not needed.

The water inlet valve also has a screen filter that can become clogged with sediment and minerals from hard water over time. Remove the water inlet vale from the refrigerator and use a flat head screw driver to remove the sediment screen from the part. Clean the filter screen using soap and warm water and replace.  Reassemble all parts and test your ice maker.

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Why does my washing machine make my clothes smell?

washingmachinesmellIf your washer leaves your laundry smelling bad it might be time to clean your washer. Dirt, grime, soap-scum and odor -causing bacteria might be hanging out inside your washer and transferring to your clothes.  If you have a front-loading, high-efficiency washer, you could have a worse bacteria problem, as the sealed environment keeps water and moisture in causing bacteria to grow.

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Why is my new oven smoking and producing a smell?

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Did you recently purchase a new oven only to find out it smokes and smells the first time you turn it on? What’s going on? Well, you can relax, this is normal.

It turns out the smell or smoke might be coming from the residue of oils added to the oven cavity during the manufacturing process, or from the insulation of your new oven.

To get rid of this smell, you can try running a self-cleaning cycle. Be sure to open a window, or use your range vent hood to help ventilate the room.

Also, if you have a pet bird, put it in a well-ventilated room far from your kitchen,  or remove it from your home during the self-cleaning process.  Birds can be extremely sensitive to the fumes produced by an oven’s self-cleaning cycle. Be sure to allow your home to air out before bringing your bird back inside.