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Here are some simple tips to help you improve the life and efficiency of your household appliances.
Make sure the seal has not become loose. Loose seal around the door of your fridge will let the cold air out, wasting energy. Clean them about twice a year to make sure they are free of any drips and food residue.
To check that your fridge is fully sealed put a lit torch inside the fridge in a dark room and see if any light leaks out.
If the seal is loose it is a good idea to have it replaced to ensure your fridge is working efficiently.
Keep the temperature of your fridge at between 37-40 degrees Fahrenheit (3-4 degrees Celsius).
If the power goes off keep the doors of your fridge and freezer closed. Food will stay safe for about 4 hours, a freezer will keep its temperature for 48 hours if it is full and 24 hours if it is half full.
Keep you machine clean
If clothes aren’t coming out as clean as they should or there is a smell in your machine it’s definitely time to give it a clean. You can make your own cleaning solution using ¾ cup of bleach and 1 tbsp powdered laundry detergent. Let this solution run through a soak cycle of your machine and then rinse thoroughly to remove the bleach.
Clean up any spills
If you spill anything on your washer wipe it away with a damp, soft cloth straight away. Spills can harden and can damage the enamel on the washer top, particularly if you spill bleach or any abrasive cleaners.
Wipe inside and out
To avoid sticky residue from detergent spills wipe down inside and outside the machine about once a week using a mild dishwashing liquid and water.
Protect the finish
If you use the top of your machine as a work surface it is a good idea to lay a towel on the top to protect the appliance’s finish. Keep liquids away from the control panel as stain removers and liquid detergents can damage the finish.
With your dishwasher it is essential to use only the detergents made specifically for the type of dishwasher. You should arrange all sharp items so they do not damage the door seal. Place sharp knives with the handles up.
Keep it clean
Clean your dishwasher’s filter and door seals regularly and check your manufacturers’ instructions for the best way to do this.
Remember to clean the dishwasher trap as food and bits of fluff can get trapped there. Sometimes the tray will come out fully and can be rinsed in the sink to remove the gunk, or you might need to use a cloth to remove the buildup.
Don’t overload your dishwasher no matter how tempting it might be to get rid of those last few bowls and plates. It’s better to just wash these leftover dishes by hand than to risk breakages.
Always remember to use the correct cycle. A shorter cycle might save on time but it won’t necessarily get those dirtier dishes clean.