you have never tried putting regular dish soap in the dishwasher, you might not
know why it’s a bad idea. It can be tempting when you run out of dishwasher
detergent; it looks identical to regular liquid detergent, but here’s the
dish soap is meant to create foam; in combination with the jets in a dishwasher,
your appliance is guaranteed to overflow. In addition to the cleaning of your
kitchen floor, you will also have to run multiple rinses to remove all soap
suds from your dishes. If you’re in a rush to do the dishes, try the Dishwasher
Detergent Substitute recipe below.
Appliances have changed significantly over the years; in an
age where technology surrounds us, it is no surprise that appliances can now be
“smart” too! So, what makes Smart Appliances different from regular appliances?
Similar to regular appliances, Smart Appliances get the job
done; however, smart appliances connect to the internet and mobile devices
making chores less of a hassle. By aligning all your home appliances, the start
to your housework is at the tip of your fingers. Below are examples of some
Smart refrigerators go beyond keeping your food fresh. With
products like the Samsung Family Hub, find recipes, watch videos, listen to
music and even build a shopping list on it’s built in screen. Some smart
refrigerators even have self-diagnostic abilities, so you don’t have to guess
when something goes wrong.
Smart Washers & Dryers
Smart washers and dryers give you the ability to control the
appliances remotely. No more waiting around for the cycle to end, simply choose
the cycle you want when you’re on the go and come home just in time; schedule
cycles to run at a time that is convenient for you.
Tired of guessing the cook time for your foods? Smart
microwaves now have voice commands, Wi-Fi connection abilities and barcode
scanners to cook frozen foods to perfection.
Smart Range Hoods
Smart ranges can detect grease and steam levels to apply its
auto-adjustment for perfect ventilation. Some ranges come with timers and even
indicators to change the filter!
When shopping through
appliance stores for the perfect oven, you will notice that there are many
different functions and styles to choose from. You will most likely come across
a convection oven, but what differentiates a convection oven from a regular
In regular ovens, the
source of heat comes from the bottom; heat rises to the top and items on the top
rack cook faster. Uneven heat distribution resulting in inconsistent cooking is
a major reason for the invention of the convection oven. Convection ovens have
a fan at the back of the oven, creating an even flow of heat. Since the hot air
is thoroughly distributed, meats will be evenly roasted, and desserts will be
baked to perfection. Not only does the food come out better, convection ovens
save time and energy. The even heat cooks more efficiently in less time and you
can utilize all racks without worrying about inconsistency.
If you have an
appreciation for a good meal, you will find that a convection oven makes all
the difference in taste and convenience.
There have been
countless debates about which method of cleaning is more cost, and energy
efficient. Many assume that dishwashers use more water, and energy; but, is
that really the case?
Turns out dishwashers
use far less water than you would think. By hand washing your dishes, you use
about 3.5 time more water than an average dishwasher. This is because water in
the dishwasher is reused throughout the cycle. Modern dishwashers use fresh
water in the beginning of the cycle, filter the water as it goes through the
cycle and gives it one last rinse with fresh water before the run ends. In
addition, while the water gets filtered, the water is heated up to ensure clean
dishes. Now, this raises the concern of energy consumption. It is often
forgotten that when you hand wash dishes, hot water is used and which requires
energy! Energy Star certified dishwashers can actually use less than half the
energy it takes to hand wash dishes. Not only do dishwashers save water and
energy, most importantly they save you time!
An ice-cold drink is always refreshing; the best way to
maintain the taste and cleanliness of your ice is with proper maintenance and
cleaning. Lack of maintenance can result in the growth of mold which could lead
to heath complications or shorten the life-spam of your machine. We recommend
cleaning your machine at least once every six months or more if you notice
signs of build-up. Below are a few signs that it may be time to give your ice
machine a good clean!
tastes odd or has an odor
cubes come out smaller
cubes are not clear
mildew, mold or another residue on the machine’s interior
Steps for Manual Cleaning:
Unplug the Appliance
Turn off the machine to ensure that it won’t
make ice while you’re cleaning. Remove the ice basket.
Drain the Water
Locate and remove the drain plug to allow the
water from the reservoir to flow into a container or your sink until all the
water has drained from the machine.
Clean the Interior
Dip cloth into a cleaning solution
recommended by the manufacturer or mix a solution of 10:1 ratio of warm water
and lemon juice. Wipe down the interior walls, reservoir and corners with the
solution. After, rinse thoroughly using clean water and wipe dry with a clean
cloth. Clean the ice basket and scoop using a mild detergent.
Restart the Machine
Place all parts of the ice maker back in
place and ensure the drain plug is in. Insert the ice basket and plug in the
Make a Batch of Ice
Fill the water reservoir with the cleaning
solution, make a batch of ice, and discard. Unplug the ice maker and drain the
water once again. While the plug is removed pour clean, fresh, water through
the reservoir and let it drain into the sink. Continue to rinse the unit
several more times before reinserting the plug and resume making ice as usual.
Save money and give your refrigerator a
boost! A major cause for refrigerator repairs is due to dirty refrigerator
coils. Keep them clean to avoid complications. Start by removing the coil cover
of your refrigerator. Then, use a coil brush and a vacuum to clean the coils.
Avoid Laundry Overloads
Do not overload your washer or dryer! Packing
in a stuffed load does not save time, water or energy. Your clothes won’t be as
clean, and it could damage your appliances. Damage to the motor, and belts are
very expensive; in most cases it’s so expensive it’s not worth repairing.
Clean the Dishwasher
A dirty dishwasher can’t clean your dirty
dishes. A dishwasher that no longer cleans the way it used to, could be caused
by a clogged filter. A food filed filter blocks water flow to the arms that
clean the top rack. Start by sliding out the bottom rack and removing the
filter cover. Clean the filter screen and your dishwasher should run like its
Scrub the Stove
Clean your stove burner to improve
efficiency! Food crumbs can fall into the little cracks and crevasses of your
cooktop. Use a sponge to clean the surface and a toothbrush to clean hard to
Clean the Dryer Filter
If your dryer doesn’t dry
clothes the way it used to, you may need to clean your dryer filter and external
duct. A clogged duct and filter can significantly increase your electricity
bill! It may take you two or maybe even three cycles to fully dry your items.
The amount of time, money and energy wasted is only a part of the issue. Not
only does cleaning your dryer filter and duct eliminate unnecessary costs, it
also removes a critical household risk. A dusty, lint filled dryer filter and
duct is one of the leading causes of house fires. See “Does Your Dryer Need a Boost?” for
Technology has changed the way we communicate, travel, and
now the way our homes function. Samsung’s Family Hub is more than just a
refrigerator; it’s what brings the family together. The Family Hub includes a
touch screen display for food, family and home organization.
View the contents in your fridge without wasting energy with
three built in cameras. The Family hub keeps track of the expiry dates of your
food and helps you build your virtual grocery list. You can even shop in the
comfort of your own home and have groceries delivered right to your door.
Looking for a relaxed night in, order your favourite dishes through the Family
Hub on GrubHub.
Not sure who’s coming home for dinner? View and manage the
shared calendar before cooking for the whole family! For those who are, see
real-time locations to manage your cooking time. The Family Hub provides
convenience for family organization and can even assist in ordering an Uber.
Connect! Samsung’s Family Hub can connect to appliances,
Internet, Spotify and even your front door. Enable voice assistance for a
helping hand when yours are busy. View and speak to someone at the door by
connecting to the Ring Doorbell.
Samsung’s Family Hub is designed to be the center of your home, exceeding boundaries of a traditional refrigerator. It’s more than a fridge, it’s the Family Hub.
There are a couple of reasons why you may have only recently
heard of induction ranges; one being the fact that prices of induction ranges
in the past have been beyond its alternative gas and electric ranges. Secondly,
people are very skeptical of the science behind induction ranges.
Over the years, they have gained popularity within the culinary industry as professional see value in the efficiency of these stovetops. Induction ranges have decreased drastically in price, with some ranges costing as little as $1500.
How Do They Work?
Induction ranges allows for a very rapid increase in
temperature through electric currents. These currents create an electromagnetic
reaction with the cookware. Using specific pots and pans is the secret to
induction technology as it requires magnetic material to generate heat.
Cookware made of cast iron, or magnetic stainless steel will surely work.
What are the Benefits?
Induction ranges cook much faster than gas and electric
ranges, saving up to 50% of your average cook time. Not only does it save you
time, it saves you money because induction ranges use less energy than its
alternatives. The nature of this technology also makes it much safer if kids
are around. Heat is only transferred to the cookware, and the cool down time of
the surface is almost instantaneous. We all know that cooking can get messy
sometimes; the flat surface of induction ranges makes it an easy clean.
Choosing an induction range has many benefits; however, the
transition may be costly. If you do not already have suitable cookware, it will
be an additional cost in your range budget. Although subtle, the interaction
between the cookware and the range produces a hum-like sound. Unlike a gas
range, in the instance of a power outage, the fully electric appliance loses
all its functions.
Induction ranges are relatively new in the appliance
industry, but many professionals now choose induction over all other methods.
It’s efficiency, and safety make for a serious upgrade.
When shopping for a new cooktop, you will
find a variety of different options. The most popular choices you will come
across are gas and electric cooktops, but how do you know which option fits
your needs? We have compiled the main difference between gas and electric
cooktops to better assist you in your decision.
Gas cooktops have very accurate cooking temperatures. Unlike induction cooktops, gas cooktops allow for quick changes in
cooking temperatures without a buffer time.
Gas cooktops are fast. It requires less
time for the cookware to heat because of its direct contact with flames.
Induction cooktops require time for the cooker to warm up.
Gas cooktops are reliable. Gas cooktops
do not require electricity, even when the power goes out you will be able to
cook a good meal for your family.
Electric Cooktops are easy to clean.
Traditional cooktops have many places for food to hide; the flat surface of
induction cooktops make for clean cooking.
Electric Cooktops are more cost efficient. Not only is the appliance itself less costly, they are a lot
easier to install because it doesn’t involve gas.
Electric Cooktops are safer. They use
electricity for heat instead of gas, so there is no fear of potential gas
If your dryer doesn’t dry clothes the
way it used to, you may need to clean your dryer filter and external duct. A clogged
duct and filter can significantly increase your electricity bill! It may take
you two or maybe even three cycles to fully dry your items. The amount of time,
money and energy wasted is only a part of the issue. Not only does cleaning
your dryer filter and duct eliminate unnecessary costs, it also removes a
critical household risk. A dusty, lint filled dryer filter and duct is one of
the leading causes of house fires.
clean a dryer filter (Clean every time):
you must locate the internal filter in your dryer. This is usually located near
the door of the dryer.
remove the lint buildup layer on the filter and place the clean filter back
into the dryer.
How to clean a dryer duct (Clean
at least every 2 years):
the dryer duct. In the back of the dryer, hot air is transported outside the
home through an aluminum pipe. Use this as direction to find the external duct.
Once you have located the duct, remove the cover.
Unplug the dryer to access the direct outflow of air; this will be
connected to the aluminum piping. Remove the metal strap that secures the dryer
to the aluminum piping. Shift the dryer to ensure accessibility.
Now you are all prepped and ready for cleaning! We suggest using a
dryer lint removal/cleaning kit to clean throughout the piping. These kits
typically include round brushes with an extendable rod. Insert the brush and
spin while extending; ultimately you want to reach the other end of the pipe.
This may require a couple of attempts if the pipes turn.
removing all dust, lint and debris, reconnect all parts removed in the previous
steps. The dryer should be up and running like its new!
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