Is Your Dryer a Fire Hazard?


In recent years there has been many stories about dryers catching on fire*. Should we be concerned? Yes of course. We should take seriously anything that may put our family at risk. Was the problem the dryer? Rarely. After investigating it is usually determined to have been the venting within the home catching on fire, [...]

8 Energy Saving Tips for your Clothes Washer

Washing Machine

Everyone likes to save money. Since your household appliances are some of the largest electricity consumers, this is a good place to start your savings quest. The following is a collection of tips about how to save electricity when using your electrical clothes washing machine. Sort clothes: This is something everyone has been telling you [...]

Make Clothes Dryer More Efficient by Recycling the Heat

Heat Keeper

As the cost of electricity continues to skyrocket consumers are looking for new ideas to help get the most value out of their appliances. This includes the electric clothes dryer. Although consumption cannot be lowered there is a device to take advantage of the heat it produces. It is called a dryer heat recycler. It [...]

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 [...]

Homemade Laundry Detergent – Cost Saver

Laundry Detergent

How much did you pay for your last box or bottle of laundry detergent? How many loads of wash can you get from each container? Take the number of loads per container and divide it by the price to get the cost per load If your per load cost is more than 1 cent, you’re [...]

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 [...]