How to Get a Foul Smell Out of a Refrigerator

Smelly refrigerators are the worst. They’re not only a pain, but they’re also dangerous. Typically, odors in our refrigerators tell us some of our food is spoiled. Sometimes these smells can even seep into our fresh vegetables and contaminate them.

In this post, we’ll show you how to get foul smells out of your refrigerator.

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How to Prepare Your Kitchen for the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

You too can have a deliriously happy Thanksgiving with by preparing your kitchen appliances.

It’s the last thing on everyone’s mind, but the worst thing that could happen on Thanksgiving: your appliances malfunctioning. If your home is the stage for your holiday meal, your appliances are your stage crew. Keep them happy, and the show will go on.

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Easy Homemade High-Efficiency Laundry Detergent with Baking Soda

Conventional laundry detergent seems more convenient in theory–all you need to do is buy a bottle or box and throw it in. But conventional laundry detergents can take up a huge chunk in a family budget. The homemade stuff is cheaper and simple to mix.

Most ingredients can be found in your cupboards and local grocery store. After scouring the interwebs for the best detergent, we decided on this quick and easy recipe from blogger One Good Thing by Jillee. We’ve tweaked the recipe a little so you can customize your favorite scents.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 c. Hot water (Boil the water first, then let it sit while you assemble everything else)
  • 3 Tbsp. Borax
  • 3 Tbsp. Washing soda (TIP: You can buy it, or you can learn to make your own here.)
  • 2 Tbsp. of your favorite dish soap, fresh-smelling shampoo or ½ c. grated bar soap
  • A small plastic funnel
  • A gallon-sized bottle or jug
  • Throw all ingredients in the gallon jug, then pour in the hot water.
  • Swirl the jug until all ingredients are dissolved. There will be bubbles—that’s okay!
  • Once all ingredients are dissolved, pour in cold water almost to the top of the jug.
Presto! This batch will make enough detergent for about 12-16 large loads. The materials are so cheap, each load of laundry will run you less than a nickel a pop.
Have you tried making your own laundry detergent? What’s worked for you?

Ask the Expert – Dishwasher Build Up Removal


Dear Expert,
Lately my dishes have had mineral / soap scum buildup when I remove them from the dishwasher. I can’t serve guests with “dirty” dishes! Do I need a new dishwasher?

Sincerely,

Yucky Dishes

Dear Yucky Dishes,

Your dishwasher isn’t the problem–the problem is your detergent. Recent regulations have forced detergent companies to remove phosphates from their formulas because environmentalists argue phosphates alter algae levels. Phosphates soften water and help remove all particles in the wash cycle, resulting in spotless dishes. While I can’t lift the government’s ban on phosphates, I can recommend you try using Lemi Shine once a month in your dishwasher. Lemi Shine fights hard water deposits and will remove that disgusting soap scum buildup on your dishes. Now start planning that dinner party!

Yours,

The Expert at Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses

How to Attempt Stainless Steel Scratch Removal

Stainless steel—it’s modern, durable, and attractive until scratch disaster strikes. Here are some tips to remove stainless steel scratches. While these tips may help lighten scratches, stainless steel scratches can be extremely difficult to remove and often times are irreversible.

Because stainless steel comes in a variety of finishes, it’s always best to first check with your manufacturer for recommendations before undertaking a cosmetic stainless steel repair.

For fine scratches, use vegetable oil. Simply pour vegetable oil on a paper towel and rub it onto the surface. Remove the excess oil with a cloth.

For deep scratches, use a professional scratch removal kit such as Scratch-B-Gone, recommends Frank Benton, a longtime appliance service technician from BrandSource Service in Denver. This product will provide you with a step-by-step process for scratch removal and can help in some circumstances.

Unfortunately, stainless steel scratches are very difficult and sometimes are impossible to remove. While Scratch-B-Gone or another removal product may help some, these products don’t provide a guaranteed solution. We hope these tips have prevented your kitchen from resembling an elementary school’s art room with art projects blocking unsightly stainless steel scratches.

*Always buff with the direction of the metal. If you buff against the grain, you will create additional scratches!

*Beware of using sandpaper or steel wool to buff the scratch. These materials can dull the appearance of the stainless steel finish.

Spring Cleaning: 6 Organizing Ideas for Laundry Rooms

Your laundry room isn’t just the last-resort location for the family cat litter. Organization is key — the more organized your laundry room, perhaps the less you’ll loathe spending time there every weekend.

Organizing your laundry room can allow you to re-purpose it into an office space.

But where to begin on organizing a space you hate using?
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Spring Cleaning: Four Easy Tips for Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Welcome to part two in our Spring Cleaning for Appliances series. This week we’ll be showering our spring cleaning love on refrigerators.

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That fridge better be clean.

Chances are you clean the inside of your refrigerator every once in a while, but have you ever cleaned the condenser coils? If not, chances are they are so dirty that your refrigerator might not be cooling properly. Dust, pet hair and other gross things can get caught in the compressor fan and cause your refrigerator to get too hot. The coils will either be on the front or behind the fridge, covered by a vent plate. You can clean it with a special condenser-coil brush (found at hardware stores) or a vacuum hose. Unplug it or cut the circuit breaker first.

The door gasket can be wiped down with a mixture of hot water and detergent, as well. For the insides, use a wet sponge to pick up any food residue first. You can use white vinegar to wipe down all the dirty old food spills and then use a dry towel to make it squeaky clean.

If you’ve got a Side by Side fridge with an icemaker/water dispenser, wipe down and clean any residue off the dispenser itself to remove any lime residue. You can also use approved ice-maker cleaner to clean out hard water deposits inside the machine. This will be a good time replace your water filter, too (here’s a video on how).

Next it’s time to defrost the freezer. Again, make sure the power is off. Frost isn’t always bad, but sometimes it can actually make the freezer too cold and cause freezer burn. Empty the freezer’s contents and then wipe down the interior with a solution of 2 tbsp baking soda in 1 quart of hot water. Wipe it down with a dry towel and don’t forget to put all the food back in the freezer.

The refrigerator is fairly easy compared to the dishwasher, huh? There are less moving parts. Do you have any refrigerator cleaning tips that I missed?

Spring Cleaning: Four Easy Tips for Cleaning your Dishwasher

 This is the first article in a series that we’ll be doing to celebrate the coming of Spring: Spring Cleaning for your Appliances!

Appliances need spring cleaning love, too, and cleaning an appliance thoroughly can extend its lifetime significantly.  Spending a small amount of time cleaning the gunk and goo out of your appliance could save you massive amounts of cash in the long run.

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 This week’s article is about cleaning out your dishwasher. Since most people don’t properly rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, this appliance can get clogged by food. You’ve seen when old dishwashers don’t clean properly: bits of food stuck to the underside of your dishes and inside your glasses even after the wash cycle is over. It might be that all you have to do is clean it.

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Microwave Maintenance

With Americans leading the busy lives they have, one appliance stands above the rest in its ability to save you time- The Microwave. Being such a staple in American cooking, there are a few tips that should be followed to maintain its peak condition.

1. Proper cookware.

  • Never use metal in a microwave. Anyone who’s done this on accident know it causes electrical currents that can cause fire and damage to your microwave.
  • Make sure other cookware used is “micro-wave safe”. Micro-wave safe is made to withstand the heat.
  • Avoid square containers as heat concentrates in the corners and can cause food to dry out.

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2. Internal cleaning.

  • It’s important to wipe out the spilt contents of your food from the oven. If left, these spills can cook into the microwave causing burns and damage to the microwave interior. 

3. Exterior cleaning.

  • Exterior elements of the microwave like the touchpad will last longer and perform better when kept clean.

4. Don’t use when empty.

  • According to repairclinic.com running your microwave with nothing in it can damage the internal mechanism of the microwave because the energy is fed back into the microwave.

5. Safety

  • A proper working door is essential to keeping microwave energy in the microwave.
  • Leave lids ajar to prevent steam build-up.
  • Don’t heat a baby’s bottle in the microwave as this can cause scalding from hot spots in the liquid.

How to Care For Your Mattress

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How long should a mattress last?

  1. Many factors play into this, such as how often a mattress is used (guest bed, or every night?) and the size and weight of the people sleeping on them. On average, a regular mattress will last 5 to 7 years, and a premium mattress will last up to 10 years.
  2. Inner coilspring mattresses last about 5-7 years
  3. Memory foam mattresses can last up to 10 or longer.

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5 Easy Tips for Front-Load Laundry Care and Maintenance

Keep that door ajar! Image from fresh-wave.com

 

Front-loading laundry is notorious for a trademark musty smell that comes from inside the machine. The issue actually comes from the design of the machine, water can get stuck inside of the door gasket and other parts of the machine and mildew builds up.  In 2005, there was actually a lawsuit against Maytag because the issue got so bad customers were complaining of mold actually being ON their clothes. 

Fortunately, advancements have been made in front-load technology since then but appliance manufacturers now suggest certain tips to ensure that mold and mildew don’t build up anymore, including leaving the door ajar. Electrolux has even innovated a special door clip that leaves the door ajar without leaving it wide open, to prevent Continue reading

Easy Fixes for Common Appliance Problems

Appliances make our lives more convenient—if we didn’t learn this in 50s we sure know now. We use them for absolutely everything: washing our clothes, our dishes, storing our food, & much more. But what happens when something affects the way they work? They can cause minor inconveniences that sometimes we feel we might as well put up with. However, many people don’t realize that a lot of common appliance problems can easily be fixed with the right know-how and a proactive attitude towards fixing these minor problems! Remember, however, that sometimes more serious problems may be present and that a professional repair technician is always the best answer. Below are some common appliance problems with easy starting points on how to fix them.  Continue reading