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By Laura on 11/25/2013 7:11 AM
Storms are inevitable and they can cause a lot of havoc on our electronics if you aren’t careful. Believe it or not they can do some significant damage to your appliances as well. There are some things you can do if you know there is a severe storm coming through that might cause electrical problems.

Unplug appliances that have an electrical cord when they aren’t in use. If there is a significant lightning storm coming through, you should consider unplugging all appliances even if they are a constant use appliance (such as your refrigerator).

If you lose power, gas stovetops can still be used with a match or lighter as long as you’re careful.

Do not open your refrigerator or freezer any more than absolutely necessary since any cold air that escapes cannot be regenerated until the power comes back on.

If the power is out for an extended period of time, Try to save your most perishable items such as milk and meats by filling coolers with ice and placing those items in them.

By Laura on 11/18/2013 11:33 AM

Glass has been around since the late Roman Empire and has been a luxury item for most of its existence and still is in some countries. It is an extremely common material in North America but there are companies that stay on the forefront of keeping it a luxury item through design and materials used. Some creations are so unique that they trump more common materials for appeal. Here is a page on Pinterest with a good deal of very impressive interiors with glass incorporated:
By Laura on 11/11/2013 8:53 AM
Clothes smells are pretty common but when washing them doesn’t remove the smell, it can really stink. Workout clothes especially can be tricky to remove smells from so here are a few tricks that could help you out.

Step 1 Place the stinky clothes in the washing machine and turn it on to fill up with warm water.

Step 2 Add 2 cups of white vinegar into the tub of the washing machine.

Step 3 Run the washer for 5 to 10 minutes before turning it off. Step 4 Allow the clothes to soak in the water for at least 4 hours.

Step 5 Turn the machine back on and add a bleach free detergent.

Step 6 Take the clothing out of the washing machine right after the cycle is finished.

Step 7 If you can, hang your clothes outside for additional odour removal.


Keep in mind this method should only be used on washable clothing. Wool and silk garments need to be cleaned per the instructions. If additional cleaning is required, contact the manufacturer for further instructions.

By Laura on 11/4/2013 7:33 AM

Laundry is never a pleasant task but there are definitely ways to at least make it easier and more importantly there are ways to make it go by faster!

Here is an article we found that gives some great tips on making laundry go by faster.
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

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