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Things to Avoid When Using A Washing Machine

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things to Avoid When Using A Washing Machine

Washing machines help make easy work of doing laundry. All you need to do is to select the right cleaning program, fill the basket/drum of the appliance with water, add the right washing detergents, put your dirty clothes in the drum, and turn on the machine. Unfortunately, not everyone that uses a washing machine usually achieves the desired cleaning results. These individuals often complain about unsatisfactory cleaning because they make mistakes when using their appliances. If you intend to purchase a new washing machine so you can alleviate the heavy burden of washing dirty clothes on a regular basis, there are some details you will need to be made aware of because they tend to be easily forgotten, thus affecting your clothes’ quality and even damaging the machine.

Here are a few common pitfalls to avoid.

Not sorting your clothes

Washing everything together in one go sounds convenient, but you should avoid it because dark or coloured clothes could easily stain or discolour the light-coloured items. So as to prevent issues with colour run, take time to sort out the items according to their colours. Separate your dark, white and coloured clothes before embarking on your laundry. Additionally, you should be sorting the various items by fabric type. This will help prevent issues with snags and pulls resulting from washing items made of different fabrics together.

Washing with too much detergent

When it comes to laundry, more detergent does not necessarily lead to better cleaning results, contrary to what most people believe. In fact, excess detergent will demand more water and also damage clothes by making them look dingy. Aside from damaging clothes, the use of too much detergent also harms the washing machine being used. But you should also try to avoid adding very little detergent because it will only reduce cleaning efficiency. Make sure to always follow manufacturer’s advice on detergent use to get best possible cleaning outcomes and prevent machine problems associated with excessive detergent in the tub.

Not emptying your pockets

Not many people remember to check their pockets when they are changing clothes. When it is time to do laundry, they simply put the dirty clothes in the washing machine without double-checking if there is anything that needs to be removed from the pockets. Currency notes and coins and other stuff not emptied from pockets can not only damage your washing machine, but also clog the water drain.

Battling The Bubblepocalypse? Here’s how to bring your dishwasher back from the brink.

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Battling The Bubblepocalypse? Here’s how to bring your dishwasher back from the brink.

Dishwashers are amongst the greatest of all everyday modern conveniences, and most people who own one are often hugely attached to never needing to do their own washing up. Like many such things, however, they’re actually quite likely to suffer the occasional mishap – and the dreaded Bubblepocalypse has come to many dishwasher owners in their time.

How does the Bubblepocalpyse come about?

The Bubblepocalypse comes to you when too much soap has got into your dishwasher–which can occur in a variety of ways. Common harbingers of the Bubblepocalypse include:

  • A tired person (or well-meaning but misguided houseguest) loading up a laundry liquid tab instead of a dishwasher tab before running the machine
  • Using your dishwasher to rinse out old shampoo pots (or similar) for re-use, without first sufficiently rinsing them
  • Spilling rinse-aid while refilling the rinse-aid well and not wiping up the spillage before running the machine
  • Adding two dishwasher tabs rather than one in an attempt to deal with extremely dirty dishes

Basically–if it makes bubbles and it’s not recommended by the manufacturer, it can bring the Bubblepocalypse to your kitchen.

So just what is the Bubblepocalypse?

Should this dreaded mishap befall you, your experience is likely to be something like this:

  • Quite shortly after beginning your dishwsher’s cycle you’ll hear a horrible noise you weren’t expecting, followed by the sound of your dishwasher grinding to a halt.
  • When you go into your kitchen to investigate, you’ll find the floor near the dishwasher flooded with tepid soapy water.
  • Upon opening the dishwasher door, you’ll be greeted with a veritable wall of bubbles so thick it seems solid. They may begin churning out all over you and your floor.
  • Once you’ve recovered a little from the shock, you’ll notice a horrible gurning noise coming periodically from the depths of the machine’s inner workings.

If you’d like to avoid this eventuality it’s extremely important that you only use specialised dishwasher-only tablets when you run your dishwasher. Substitutes are highly likely to cause the Bubblepocalypse, so play it safe! Give anything that has ever been soapy a thorough rinse before putting it in, and be careful when you refill your rinse-aid well.

Help! The Bubblepocalypse has come!

Should the worst have happened, you’ll probably have more bubbles than you know what to do with. Spritz an aerosol (a deodorant or similar) around a little to deal with the worst of them, and clean up your kitchen floor as best you can. Once the seemingly solid wall of bubbles inside your dishwasher has been tamed, take everything out and just start tipping jugs of water in. The machine is probably making a periodic strange churning, groaning noise as it tries to clear the pipes out; just stand there for a while tipping in water, letting it drain out and tipping in more water.

Essentially what is happening is that the pipes are all filled up with bubbles and your poor defenceless dishwasher can’t cope with it. The gurning sound is its own attempts to clear out those pipes and tipping in some extra water can help it along, but really you’re going to need to wait for the bubbles to die off and subside on their own. This shouldn’t take longer than 48 hours, and you’ll be able to tell it’s sorted out by the fact that the dishwasher agrees to play nicely again. Run it empty and with no tablet at all at least twice before putting it back into general service. You’ll probably need to refill both the salt and the rinse-aid before washing dishes in it again; all that draining is likely to have finished them off!

The Bubblepocalypse can be scary, but it’s generally possible to bring your dishwasher back from the brink. If, incidentally, you do all this and wait two days and still have no joy it’s time to bring in the professionals–there may be something more serious going on. Most of the time, however, all you need to do is rinse and wait.

What Makes an Air Purifier Good?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Makes an Air Purifier Good?

Many air purifiers exist on the market. That huge variety can make it a difficult task to select one for your home if you don’t have a checklist to aid you during that selection process. This article discusses some of the considerations that may help you to narrow down your options when you go shopping for an air purifier.

Energy Consumption

The air purifier should be an additional device that complements the work of your AC system as it cleans and conditions the air within your home. The air purifier should therefore be economical in its energy demands so that your bill does not skyrocket. Compare different brands or models and select the one whose energy consumption is minimal. Energy-consumption information can be assessed by talking to the supplier of that equipment or reading the information provided on the package.

Noise Emission

Many air purifiers have a fan that helps to suck air into the device so that biological and particulate contaminants can be removed. Each of those fans emits a different volume of sound as it operates. It may therefore be advisable to test the air purifier before you purchase it. That test will reveal whether the noise emitted by that particular air purifier is tolerable or excessive to you.

Space Required

Air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes. You should note that many of those devices are portable and consume various amounts of space within the room where they have been placed. For instance, some may be small enough to fit on your dressing table. Others may need to be placed on the floor because they are too large to fit on a dressing table. Consider the sizes of those air purifiers and buy one that you will easily use in the different sections of your home.

Byproducts Produced

Some air purifiers produce ozone gas as a byproduct of their operation. Such air purifiers should be avoided because that residual ozone may cause you or your family members to develop respiratory complications, such as irritation of the respiratory tract. Read the label of the air purifier carefully and avoid purchasing one that generates ozone as it works.

It may be advisable for you to involve an expert when you are buying air purifiers for your home. This is because the process involves so many issues, such as knowing how many air purifiers to buy for your home and the type of filters used. An expert can help you to select the best combination of features that will address your air purification needs.

For more information, contact Air Cleaners Australia or a similar company.

Tips On Successfully Canning Fresh Beetroot

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips On Successfully Canning Fresh Beetroot

If you enjoy growing fresh veggies, beetroot is a must for your list.  But what can you do when there’s a glut?  Preserving beetroot is a really good way of saving your summer harvest to be enjoyed all year round.  All the equipment you’ll need for this project can be bought from a good appliance sales outlet or kitchenware specialist.

Here’s how to do it. 

What you’ll need

  • fresh beetroot
  • salt
  • sharp vegetable knife
  • rings, lids and bottles
  • a large conserve pan
  • a pressure canner
  • labels and marker pen

How to do it

  1. First of all, trim away the leaves, roots and greenery from the beetroot, leaving a short stem to lock in the nutrients, and wash them thoroughly.  
  2. Take a large conserve pan and fill it with boiling water.  Immerse the beetroot in the boiling water and cook them until the skins begin to soften.  This should take about 15 minutes.  
  3. Add salt to taste to each of your pickling jars.  
  4. When the beetroot are cooked, drain them well and peel off the skins.  If the skins are proving stubborn to shift, use a sharp vegetable knife and scrape them off.  
  5. Next, slice or cube the beetroot; if they are tiny, baby ones, leave them whole.  
  6. Now put the beetroot into your prepared jars and cover them with hot water, allowing a few centimetres between the jar top and the water.  Put the lids on the jars and screw down firmly.  
  7. Next, put the jars into your pressure canner.  Set the canner according to the model manufacturer’s directions and cook the beetroot.  This should take roughly half an hour.  
  8. At the end of the cooking time, take the jars out of the pressure cooker and set them aside to cool.  As the jars cool, you will hear a ‘popping’ sound, indicating that the lids have sealed correctly.  You can check that the lids have properly sealed by gently pressing down on the tops; they should feel secure and not move.  
  9. To finish the job, write out labels showing the date you pickled the beetroots, stick them on the jars, and store them somewhere cool and dark for future use.

In conclusion

You can preserve your home-grown beetroot by canning them as described above, using equipment that can be bought from a good kitchenware retailer. The same kit can also be used for preserving other root vegetables, tomatoes and cucumbers in future plentiful years.