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Understanding Laundry Detergent

Laundry Detergent

History Soap has been around for 5000 years. Both the Egyptians and Babylonians used soap for personal cleaning. Soap then was a mixture of rendered animals fats and ashes. Although its basic principles remain the same, it is now made using a sophisticated chemical and manufacturing process. During the middle ages the use of soap [...]

Front Loaders and High Efficiency Detergent

Washing Machine

Since the introduction of the front-loading washing machine into the North American market their sales have literally exploded. Like most people, you probably bought one because of the suggested savings. The claims about their efficiency are true. When operated properly you can save energy, water, and money. Plus they do a fabulous job of washing [...]

8 Energy Saving Tips For Your Electric Clothes Dryer


Every consumer likes the idea of saving electricity. Not only is it good for the environment, but also for our pocket books. Some of the largest consumers of electricity in your home are your appliances. This includes your electric clothes dryer. The following is a collection of simple tips about how to save electricity when [...]

Odors, Mildew and Your Washing Machine

Washing Machine

A modern clothes washing machine can suffer from odors or mildew. It may build to the point where the odors seem to overwhelm all other aspect of the clothes washing experience. The causes can be varied but generally are due to moisture build-up within the clothes tub. Water Drainage Since the washing machine itself operates [...]

10 Steps to Help Refrigerators Live Longer


Every summer there are countless refrigerators that die unexpectedly. This is often due to the increase in temperature and the associated humidity. The following are a few suggestions to help your appliance make it through the next summer heat wave. Don’t use as an air conditioner. You may laugh, but this is particularly common with [...]

How to Auto Empty a Dehumidifier


A dehumidifier is a very important device for those homeowners with a damp basement. Dampness can lead to mold, mildew, and increased incidence of allergies. Unfortunately, a dehumidifier can be a real pain in the backside because you have to keep emptying the water storage bucket. Simply getting it in and out of the machine [...]

How to Choose a Freezer for Your Home


The average household freezer is a silent slave. It operates year in and year out, requiring nothing other than a constant supply of electricity. Eventually, though it may need to be replaced. The following are a few considerations that will allow you to make an informed decision about its purchase. Most consumers have only a [...]

Why Your Refrigerator is Making Weird Noises


Are the sounds or noises from your new refrigerator driving you mad? Does your new refrigerator sound loud, noisy, weird, unusual, crazy, funny, or about to break? Then read on. If you hear an unusual sound try to isolate the source. This alone may lead you to the culprit. It may also lead you to [...]

Dishwasher Tune-Up: 10 Simple Steps


Ever have your dishwasher fail during a holiday. It isn’t fun. Trying to get a service person out during a holiday is almost impossible. If you do the price of the repair can exceed the cost of a new appliance. To avoid this happening here are a few simple suggestions to keep the dishwasher working [...]

Refrigerators Electric Consumption – Lower It In 15 Minutes

Refrigerator Tune Up

I recently had a customer ask for my advise about cleaning her refrigerator. I started to describe the pros and cons of different cleaners that can be used to clean the interior when she stopped me abruptly. “I know all about that stuff ”, she informed me, “I mean the black coil thing on the [...]