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By Laura on 10/28/2013 5:39 AM
Accidents happen. Sometimes when you’re enjoying a delicious sundae and you’re on your way between flavours and suddenly you look down and see some fudge on your shirt! The most important part is to treat the stain as quickly as you can! If you can’t do a full treatment, at least get it soaking in water as soon as possible.

First, remove as much of the chocolate as you can. Use a spoon or dull knife to scrape off any excess chocolate from the fabric. Make sure you don’t accidentally spread it in the process though.

Rinse with cold water from the back of the stained area flushing the chocolate back through the fabric from the side it came from.

Rub in some laundry detergent to the stained area for several minutes. Then soak the clothing in cold water for another 15 minutes rubbing the area every 3-5 minutes.

After these steps, go ahead and use a stain remover and follow the labels instructions.

Keep in mind that you never want to dry the clothing until the stain is completely...
By Laura on 10/21/2013 6:57 AM
Energy savings has been a hot topic for some time now and it has spawned some great energy saving inventions. Some on the other hand were not so great and yet they’ve still been getting pushed out as a great product.

CFL light bulbs for example are much more efficient than standard light bulbs but there is a dirty secret behind cfls. They are poisonous! They are filled with mercury which is extremely dangerous to humans and animals. If a bulb is broken, reduce exposure as much as possible. The quantity of mercury in the bulbs is small but still needs to be treated with concern. 

Take a look at this article to see what affects mercury pollution is having on our environment. Go to page two of the article to see instructions on how to cleanup after a cfl bulb is broken. 

By Laura on 10/15/2013 7:38 AM
Over 3600 gallons of water are used during the production of a single cotton t-shirt and pair of jeans. On top of that, they also require two pounds of pesticides during the growth of the cotton.

The average person in North America uses 80-100 gallons of water per day! Obviously we don’t drink that much but between bathing, brushing our teeth, washing our clothes, dishes, etc we use up a huge quantity of water. In fact, statistics show that less than 1% of the world’s water is actually used for consumption.

Dyeing an article of clothing requires between 7 and 75 gallons of water per pound of fabric. That means that an estimated 2.4 trillion gallons of water is used for the amount of dyed materials produced around the world.

Newer appliances are expensive for the initial price but the savings aren't just in your wallet for how much less electricity and water you use, but it cuts down on the amount of water wasted all around the world.

For more information on water consumption check out...
By Laura on 10/7/2013 7:28 AM

Fall marks a remarkable time of beautiful colours when the leaves are changing throughout the season. If you enjoy bright colours, you should take a look at this article written by  These colours last a lot longer than the fall foliage so you know you’ll get your money’s worth! Take a look and let us know which ones are your favourites.

By Laura on 9/30/2013 7:52 AM

When most of us hear the word “appliance” we think of refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. These are the topics we generally stick with because we service all larger appliances.  However, there are a lot of smaller appliances out there that can do a lot of really neat things. Here is a fun article from about some mini appliances that can do a lot of fun things.

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.
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