Everyone knows the benefits of running a humidifier during the dry winter months. The humidifier adds much need water moisture to your home’s air which helps your lungs and keeps your nasal passages from drying out; preventing illness. It can even help prevent migraines.
However, if you are not regularly cleaning your humidifier – and we’re talking weekly here – then your humidifier might be brewing up something else – bacteria, mold and mildew.
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Your dishwasher is probably the second most used appliance in your home, next to your refrigerator. If you aren’t taking proper care of your dishwasher, it won’t last for as long as it’s supposed to. We’ve compiled a list of places to clean and precautions to take in order to sustain the life of your unit: Continue reading
Keeping a clean refrigerator is important to keeping fresh food and efficiency. Your fridge is one of your most used appliances and needs to be taken care of in order for it to last the approximate 13 years that it should. We have some tips to help you get started in caring for your unit:
As the years pass, we all develop a long term relationship with our appliances. They are incorporated in our every day, basic routines so it is important to keep them in good shape. Major appliance malfunctions and issues can be easily avoided with just a little TLC (tender, loving, care).
This kind of TLC does not require the work of a professional handyman. Rather, these are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do yourself with little investment and no prior appliance experience. Continue reading
Electric stove tops can easily get dirty and grimy from everyday cooking. Sometimes the dirt and grime builds up and it can be extremely hard to clean. Affresh Cooktop Cleaner is a non-abrasive cleaner that works to make hard to clean messes without making you scrub really hard. Watch how easy Affresh makes cooktop cleaning for this DIYer.
Does your dishwasher smell? Are your dishes coming out feeling gritty or covered with fine food particles? To fix this, clean your dishwasher’s filter.
Most new dishwasher models have a removable filter (also called a manual-clean filter) that you should clean on a regular basis. The filter sits below the lower dish rack and spray arms. There might be a cylindrical fine mesh filter and coarse mesh filter cover, as show in this video. Both these parts can be removed and cleaned in your sink with a little dishwashing soap and warm water. Check and clean out the sump area (the hole where the filter goes) for any food particles or other objects that may have become lodged there.
Why do dishwashers have filters?
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Now is the time to prepare for the cold weather ahead. In addition to cleaning the gutters and caulking and sealing openings around windows and doors, here are some often-overlooked Fall maintenance tasks.
- Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that moves the warm air near the ceiling and distributes it around the room.
- Clean your humidifier before using it (and regularly, throughout the season) to prevent bacteria from being misted out into the air.
- Drain the fuel from gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, weed trimmers and chain saws.
- Check and test snow blowers to make sure they are ready for use.
- Flush/drain your water heater tank to remove sediment and minerals that can settle on the bottom and cause rust.
- Change the batteries out on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Make sure you have enough of these detectors throughout your home, including the basement especially if you have gas appliances.
- Clean the dryer vents.
- Check the hoses on your washer. Replace any leaking, cracked or bubbling washer hoses.
- Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils using a condenser coil cleaning brush.
- Change or clean your range hood filter or over the range microwave oven filter.
If your dishwasher is leaving white residue or a white film on your dishes, it might not be due to your appliance, but your detergent.
In 2010, phosphates were removed from dishwashing detergents. If you live in an area with hard water (high mineral content) your dishes and glasses could be left with a white film from mineral build-up. To combat this, add a citric acid cleaner like, Lemi-Shine or this Dishwasher Citric Acid Cleaner by GE, with your dishwashing detergent in the dispenser. You can also run your dishes through again with the Dishwasher Citric Acid Cleaner alone.
Rinse aids and other “hard-water boosters” can also keep glasses from becoming cloudy and soften water as well.
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Your washer and dryer need spring cleaning too. Here’s how to clean them and what parts to check for wear and tear. Check out our Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen Appliances.
Use a washer cleaner like affresh Washer Tub Cleaner to clean the inside of your washer. Affresh breaks up odor causing residue, mold and mildew that can lead to bad smells from your washer, especially in HE washers.
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Appliances need cleaning too, and we’re not just talking about wiping up spills and splatters. Soap, dirt and debris from everyday use can accumulate inside and outside your appliance, making it work harder in order to perform and possibly costing your money. Lack of cleaning and maintenance can also lead to a possible early breakdown. Here’s what needs cleaning on your appliance.
Remove the racks from your dishwasher and check them over for chips and cracks in the vinyl coating. Use a Dishwasher Rack Repair Kit to fix any tines on your dishwasher rack to prevent the metal underneath from rusting.
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