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By Laura on 9/23/2013 12:42 PM
A lot of cleaning appliances and products have been around for many generations before us but it’s not often that you get to see a comprehensive list complete with history and interesting facts. There are ingenious cleaning agents, cloths that make your job easier, and appliances that outperform all others in functionality and ease of use. The reality is that some products in our lives just make things easier for us to spend more time doing things we’d rather be doing in life. Well today is your lucky day because Good Housekeeping put together just that list complete with some entertaining history behind some products that you may not have known about. 

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By Laura on 9/16/2013 6:40 AM
MYTH: Club soda removes stains better than water.Reality: Club soda apparently doesn’t show any better results than plain water. The key in getting stains out is to treat them as quickly as possible by dipping them in either water or club soda.MYTH: Soaking fabrics in salt water sets dye and keeps colors from bleeding.Reality: The dye in fabrics should be set during manufacturing. Loss of dye during use and washing is inevitable during the first few washes but soaking it in salt water should not affect how well the dye holds. Wash new colored items separately for the first few washes but if a garment continues to loose color after the first few washes then something is wrong and it should be returned to the manufacturer.MYTH: Dry cleaning is safe because fabrics don’t get wet.Reality: The truth is that fabrics do get wet during "dry" cleaning. It is called dry cleaning just because it isn't water that the fabrics are being saturated with. Fabrics are put in a machine that tumbles them in a liquid solvent which...
By Laura on 9/9/2013 6:38 AM
Many people believe that the manuals that come with your appliances are just for those that aren't smart enough to figure out how to use the appliance. The truth is there are often tips in the manuals that would help even those that already know how to use the appliance. There are often energy saving tips, tips of things you don't have to do but could help make using the appliance easier, etc. They are also extremely important for making sure you get the most life out of your appliance possible. Manufacturers put their appliances through lots of rigorous testing to see what they can handle and what products have to be used in them to make them more effective and more importantly last longer.Here is a website that has free online manuals in case you mistakenly threw a manual away. If you can't find the manual you need, nearly all manufacturers have their manuals available online if you go to their website and do a search for owner’s manuals and type in your model or serial number.
By Laura on 9/3/2013 5:54 AM
Smartphones and tablets have been changing the way we do everything these days. With the ever increasing functionality being provided, it’s no surprise that everything else is changing to match the ability to do things on the move. Who would have guessed that things we do in the home can be done while we’re not… home? The technology is termed “smart” and it certainly is just that. Smart appliances can not only be monitored and managed from outside the home but they can even do some of the thinking for you now. Appliances such as washers can send notifications to you to let you know when a load of laundry is done and refrigerators can send you a message to let you know you left the door open. The scary part is that this is already old news. Ovens are getting a smart overhaul and it’s impressive the technology that manufacturers are trying to incorporate. They’re claiming that future ovens will be able to learn what you’re cooking regularly and even offer suggestions on how to improve it. Refrigerator technology...
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