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.

Aggh! My arms are too short!

 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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How to Care For Your Mattress

Did you know Appliance Factory Outlet also sells mattresses? Even Jake Jabs can't beat our price.

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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Giving Cookies and Scrumdiddlyumptious Desserts as Gifts

Stumped on a gift idea for that friend of yours?

Try baking them up a batch of these easy recipes (one recipe doesn’t even require cooking ;) ) and wrap them up in holiday coloured cellophane! It’s the thought that counts, and these make me think: “Delicious.”

Click to enlarge & print them out for your recipe card box!

GingerBread Waffles with Hot Chocolate Sauce-- yum, breakfast!

Cranberry Hootycreeks-- I don't know what a Hootycreek is, but I know that this gift idea is definitely scrumdiddlyumptious.

Sour Cream Cutouts– these adorable looking cuties stay soft and creamy, great for after dinner desserts!

Recipes adapted from allrecipes.com. Recipe card design by L. 

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

How to Make a “Christmas Spirit” Gift Basket

To spark your creative juices, here’s how to create a quick and easy gift basket for any holiday party. Everyone loves a good sangria, no matter what time of year, so why not make a Sangria-themed gift basket?

Painted Wine Glasses

Painted Wine Glasses

But since this is the holiday season, this Sangria Gift Basket comes with custom painted wine glasses! First, you’ll need…

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How To: Make a Christmas Vase

This is probably one of the quickest and simplest Christmas decorations you can make. To begin you will need the following:

Vase, ribbon, Christmas ornaments

Vase, ribbon, Christmas ornaments

-A glass vase

-Variety of sizes and colors of round Christmas ornaments

-Ribbon

The object of this Christmas Decoration is to create a visually pleasing display with a variety of colors, textures, and sizes. To figure out how you would like your Christmas vase to turn out, first think about the colors you would like to use. Continue reading

How To Make a Holiday Wreath

Garland: A wreath or festoon of flowers, leaves, or other material, worn for ornament or as an honor or hung on something as a decoration.

Create your own Holiday Wreath this Christmas Season

Create your own Holiday Wreath this Christmas Season

Garland is a common holiday decoration, draped upon mantels, wrapped around banisters, or more commonly seen to create holiday wreaths. I took this traditional Christmas embellishment and added my own touch to create a classic looking wreath. Here’s how to make one of your own for under $10: Continue reading