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By Laura on 12/30/2013 6:11 AM
As we welcome in 2014, we'd like to thank you all for another year of loyal customers.  On behalf of all of us at Totem Appliance, Happy New Year!
By Laura on 12/23/2013 7:02 AM

Technology has come a long way and some companies are already posting commercials of how automated some things have become. For example, some cable companies are offering home security systems that can be controlled and monitored from your phone. Another commercial shows someone going through the house from another location shutting down all the powered devices.

This sort of technology and remote access is just getting started. Even appliance manufacturers are in the process of developing their own apps for devices and incorporating the technology into their latest appliances that are already more or less equipped with the computers needed to harness this capability.

So picture not being certain that you shut your dryer off and being able to turn on your phone and just push a power button from anywhere in the world to make sure it’s off!

By Laura on 12/16/2013 8:44 AM
The food that is commonly thought of around this time is the notorious “fruitcake” which hopefully none of you actually expect but is still a comical icon of the coming holidays. Fortunately there are tons of other delicious traditional foods that don’t require a hacksaw and painkillers to endure if you know where to look. Well, today is your lucky day because we took the time to put together a few recipes for you.

First up, we chose a breakfast casserole because it’s a make-ahead recipe so you don’t have to get up early to make this which means you can concentrate on the more important things… like opening your presents. Here’s a link to the recipe we found at

Here are a few mid-day make-ahead recipes. This bread recipe is delicious and relatively easy to make:
By Laura on 12/9/2013 10:28 AM
Plastic is widely adopted around the world for so many things. Does it belong in the kitchen though? Regulations vary widely for containers used to hold foods. Studies on the safety of plastics for food containment have been concentrated on certain chemicals in plastics. Dioxin, Phthalates, and Bisphenol have been the most widely researched. Dioxin has been shown to actually be far less present in plastics than originally thought and despite concern, microwaving doesn’t appear to release dioxin into .

Phthalates & Bisphenol A have also been rumored to be a danger when heating plastics in a microwave. As with other studies, tests don’t show any definitive answers that these toxins come out of plastics at a dangerous level either.

The important thing to take into consideration is that plastics vary.  Take a look at this link for more information:

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By Laura on 12/3/2013 8:13 AM

Xeros claims to have the first "real innovation in laundry in over 60 years" with their new clothes washing method!

Xeros uses polymer beads that have the ability to attract stains and dirt and pull them away from fabrics the way water does but with almost no water and can do so at lower temperatures. The beads are reusable so depending on how dirty your laundry is, they can be used hundreds of times before being replaced.

One other remarkable thing about this process is that the beads also absorb excess colours unlike water so you don't have to worry about separating colours with their machine.

Around 38% of our water consumption in a common household is just from the use of our washing machines so think of how much water would be saved if this machine was widely adopted!

If you don't believe me, take a look for yourself!:
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...
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