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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. 

Take a look: goodhousekeeping game changing cleaners

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...
By Laura on 8/22/2013 12:50 PM
When loading glasses, it is actually better to load them between tines so they don’t get marks on them from the tines and keeps them from rattling together.
Blades are safer to load face down so you don’t cut yourself during unloading.
Spoons and forks should be varied in the utensil bin to keep them from nesting together preventing them from getting cleaned properly.

Large tins and cooking sheets should go on the outside of the washer so they don’t block detergent from getting to the rest of the dishes.

Utensils which are too long for the utensil bin should be placed horizontally across the top rack. Serving spoons should be placed face down so they don’t collect water.

Large pots, casserole dishes and serving bowls should be placed on the bottom rack at an angle so they don’t block water from reaching the rest of the dishes.
By Laura on 8/19/2013 6:21 AM
We’ve seen a lot of interesting things in this industry but I never thought anyone would try to redefine a tasting spoon. Electrolux is trying to though! Their design lab is trying to develop a spoon that “tastes” and tells you what the food is lacking.

They also are designing a hands-free stirring utensil and hovering balls to filter the air and fragrance in a room. With helium as its floating agent, they become heavy with the contents they’re filtering.

Most of these inventions will likely never see production but it goes to show how far some of the manufacturers are going to push creativity in order to provide consumers with innovative products. 

I’m not sure how much stock I’d put in a spoon deciding what my recipes need more of but what do you think of this concept?

By Laura on 8/12/2013 6:22 AM
How much do you use boiling water? Need that on tap? Quooker has that covered! We cook a lot of things with boiling water and even use it for other things but if you use it frequently enough that you spend a lot of time waiting for water to boil, having it on tap may be a huge help for you. 

Take a look at this and tell us what you think. Would you use this? How often and for what?
By Laura on 8/5/2013 6:11 AM

Here are some great recipes to kick start a late summer party! If you want to have a theme for something exotic, try out this tropical avocado salsa put together by

Or pineapple salsa: This one has a little jalapeno in it so the combination of sweet and spicy makes a delicious contrast.

Enjoy! And let us know what time the party starts! ;)

By Laura on 7/29/2013 6:37 AM
When a company as big as General Electric designs an entire line for the sole purpose of targeting a new demographic, it’s probably a good idea to take notice.  GE has decided to go after the “20-somethings” demographic with a new line in their lower price range. They believe that this age group asks their parents for recommendations and feel that the “advising” age group considers GE to be a reliable brand so they wanted to have an appealing appliance line to meet the expectations of the advice given to them. They have developed an entire kitchen line-up with refrigerator/freezer, range/oven, and dishwasher all at reasonable prices. They are all relatively no frills appliances to cut costs and to keep things simple since odds are new cooks won’t be diving into double-convection and built-in griddles. 

The design is intended to be reminiscent of “familiar design themes” but bringing them up to date. We all know this as “retro” but apparently the design team is touchy about using that term. They did also...
By Laura on 7/22/2013 7:43 AM
If you’re looking to purchase a new washer, there are several things you should take into account. Capacity is a hard one to decide on but you should get one that suits your needs. Manufacturers used to have multiple sizing formulas for determining tub capacity. They were advertising for appliances without an industry standard making it very difficult for consumers to determine washer capacity.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) helped companies decide on a standard to base their tub sizes off of so sizing should be a lot easier to figure out.

As far as figuring out what size you personally need, take notice of how much laundry you do in each load. While a huge capacity might be great if you do huge loads at a time but if you break it up into smaller loads by colors you may not need a huge tub. Most importantly, do tons of research to be sure you’re getting an appliance with the highest reliability possible in the class you’re looking at. Feel free to give us a call if you’re...
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