Recent Posts in Household Tips Category

  • How Do Induction Cooktops Work?

    November 6, 2018
    While the art of cooking has been around since the discovery of fire, the technology behind it has continued to evolve to include gas, electricity, microwaves, and induction. While most methods can be easily understood the process of induction remains a mystery to many, and if you are among those who wonder "How does induction cooking work?" Mr. Appliance® has the answer. What is Induction? ...
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  • How to Clean a Glass Top Range

    October 23, 2018
    If the kitchen is your ‘happy place,’ chances are you’re happiest when it’s clean. If you have a minimalist glass top range, you’re in luck! Instead of maneuvering around burner grates or replacing drip pans, you can get it clean with the swipe of a cloth. However, is it really that simple? You may have noticed your glass top range needs (and deserves!) a little more care than that. Continue ...
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  • Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Washer/Dryer

    October 2, 2018
    Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Washer/Dryer When deciding how to spend their hard-earned money, most people would rather indulge in a much-needed vacation than buy a washer and dryer—but while the memories of your time at the beach will fade, the right laundry duo can provide you with years of dependable service. Whether your current appliances are inefficient, malfunctioning, or past ...
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  • How to Freshen Up a Stinky Fridge

    September 24, 2018
    No matter what the source of the odor, a stinky fridge can put a damper on even the simplest meal. If your fridge isn't doing its part to create an appetizing aroma, here are a few ways to solve the problem. Start with a Deep Clean Even if your fridge isn't stinky, periodically deep cleaning it will make sure it stays fresh. First, unplug the refrigerator and remove all the contents. Throw out ...
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  • How to Clean a Smelly Dishwasher

    September 11, 2018
    Dinner leftovers are put away, the counter is wiped, and the dishwasher is running. There’s nothing like having a clean kitchen at the end of the night! So, where’s that smell coming from? Check the dishwasher. The dishes may be clean, but the appliance itself may be giving off a foul odor. Learn how to clean a smelly dishwasher with these expert tips from Mr. Appliance®. Clean the Drain Filter ...
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  • Keep Food from Dripping in Your Oven

    September 4, 2018
    Meal preparation is a messy venture for even the most experienced cooks, and the last thing you want to do is add more cleanup to the end of your meal. Once your food has been placed in the oven and the timer is set, you can get to work tackling the countertops and dishes, but if you're not careful you may have a much larger and even less pleasant chore to contend with: cleaning the oven. As your ...
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  • Can I Leave a Chest Freezer Outside?

    August 14, 2018
    A chest freezer is a great addition to any home and is perfect for large families or anyone who likes to purchase or store food in large quantities. The downside to these handy appliances is their size, and for many, it can be a challenge to determine where to set them up so that they are out of the way, yet easily accessible when needed. While the great outdoors or your garage may seem like great ...
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  • What to Do If Your Ice Maker Isn’t Making Ice

    August 7, 2018
    Nothing is more frustrating than an ice maker that's not working, especially in summer months when you'd like nothing more than an ice cold glass of water or lemonade! Perhaps you're having an outdoor barbecue with friends or neighbors, or guests are coming for dinner over the weekend. Even if there's nothing special going on, you need your ice maker to work. What could possibly be the problem and ...
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  • Your Guide to the Best Ice Makers Available

    July 24, 2018
    It’s easy to take cold drinks for granted, but if you’re on the lookout for the best ice makers available, chances are you’ve had more than your fair share of room-temperature beverages. Use this guide to help you shop for the best ice machine out there. How to Determine if You Need a Standalone Ice Maker Here are the most common reasons people shop for portable ice machines: Your freezer doesn’t ...
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  • Be Aware of Safe Meat Temperatures When Grilling

    July 17, 2018
    Outdoor grilling is a favourite summer pastime, and indoor grilling is the perfect way to create healthy dishes while changing up your regular menu anytime of the year. On the other hand, it's important to cook all meat to a safe temperature to avoid illnesses. Here's what you need to know about safe meat temperatures for a happy grilling season. Get the Right Equipment An instant-read thermometer ...
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  • Why Is My Ice Maker So Slow?

    July 10, 2018
    When you press your cup against your freezer’s ice maker dispenser, you expect ice cubes to fall out on cue. But what if your ice maker isn’t making enough ice to keep up demand? There are a few common culprits that might be to blame for this problem. Work through each one until you find the solution. How an Ice Maker Works A switch inside the ice maker triggers water to flow in from the line ...
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  • Preventative Maintenace For Kitchen Appliances

    July 3, 2018
    Kitchen appliances are not only expensive investments, but they're also the ones that can cause the greatest inconvenience when they stop working. The good news is that with regular maintenance, you can help your appliances not only last longer, but also operate more efficiently to cut down on energy expenses, too! Here's what you need to know about preventive maintenance for kitchen appliances. ...
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  • Silence a Loud Refrigerator

    June 26, 2018
    When your refrigerator makes odd noises you haven't noticed before, it's important to take a little time to investigate the source of the noise. Nothing is more irritating than a loud refrigerator and you want to determine whether it may be a serious (and potentially costly) problem. At Mr. Appliance® our goal is to help you figure out what's causing the noise and how to remedy the situation! Is ...
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  • How to Defrost a Freezer 

    June 19, 2018
    Many new freezers have a self-defrost feature to keep icy buildup at bay. But if you have an older appliance, you might need to perform this task manually. Removing ice from the walls of your freezer helps it run more efficiently. It also reclaims precious freezer space, so you have more room for frozen dinners and ice cream. If it’s starting to look like the arctic tundra in there, use these ...
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  • How to Reduce Refrigerator Energy Consumption

    June 12, 2018
    Refrigerators can be the largest energy consumers in the home making it a primary target if you're looking to cut your energy expenses and reduce your environmental impact. The easiest way to reduce the energy use from your refrigerator is to replace it with a new, energy-efficient model, especially if it's more than 15 years old. The savings in energy consumption will help the fridge pay for ...
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  • The Most Power-Hungry Home Appliances

    June 4, 2018
    If your attempts at reducing your electricity usage aren't having the impact that you desire, the problem may be that you have one or more power hungry appliances lurking in your home. Inefficient appliances can wreak havoc on your budget, but the first step to resolving the issue and regaining control over monthly spending is to identify these energy hogs and replace or repair them with more ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: The Many Uses of Lemons - Make Food Last Longer and Turn Out Better

    May 29, 2018
    Lemons aren't just for lemonade! Did you know you can use them to help preserve your food, and even make food turn out better as you prepare it? Read our tips on how to help your food put its best foot forward with a little help from these yellow, citrus friends. How to Make Food Last Longer and Turn Out Better with Lemons Watch our video below! Then read more details in the full blog... ...
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  • Why Is My Washing Machine Leaking?

    May 15, 2018
    Are you concerned about the puddle of water you just found on the laundry room floor? Don’t panic – all you need is to uncover the reason why the washer is leaking and perform the required repair. Many times, a simple DIY fix is all that’s required, though you can always schedule appliance repair with a knowledgeable appliance repair technician. How to Locate the Washing Machine Leak First, make ...
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  • How to Level a Washing Machine

    May 8, 2018
    A clean, organized laundry room can be an efficient place to get chores done. However, a washing machine that vibrates excessively or shakes the entire house during the spin cycle disrupts the haven you have in mind. When the washing machine shakes, it can damage internal mechanisms and anything near the appliance, including the walls and floor. The problem is simple: the machine is not sitting ...
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  • Your Guide to Energy-Efficient Appliances

    May 1, 2018
    Energy efficient appliances are an all-around good choice. Not only will you save on your energy bills every month, but you'll also be doing your part for a greener planet. If you're thinking about making the switch to efficient appliances , here's what you need to know. Start With the Basics Energy Star is a program from the Environmental Protection Agency designed to help people make smart ...
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  • How to Clean Your Washing Machine

    April 23, 2018
    It might seem strange to have to clean a machine that does the cleaning, but over time, soap scum and detergent buildup can start causing problems. Your washing machine--and your clothing--will benefit from a periodic cleaning. From the inside out, here is what you need to know to keep your washing machine in top shape. Collect Your Materials There's no need for harsh cleaning agents here; all you ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: The Many Uses of Lemons - Cleaning

    April 17, 2018
    Lemons aren't just for enjoying in our favorite beverages, they also make an excellent household cleaner. According to Readers Digest there are 34 Uses of Lemons. Some of the most commonly asked questions include; Can you clean with lemon juice? How do I clean my counters and appliance surfaces with lemon juice? Are there homemade lemon juice cleaners? Refreshing the Refrigerator Easily remove ...
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  • Checklist Urges New Homeowners to Evaluate Old Appliances

    March 27, 2018
    Appliance inspection isn’t a high priority task for most new homeowners. But with all the work they do to make our lives easier, a quick inspection can help new homeowners avoid expensive repairs. With so much appliance repair experience, Mr. Appliance knows first-hand how a little preventative maintenance can go a long way. The important of appliance inspection was echoed in the New Homeowner ...
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  • Appliance Cleaning Tips that Can Prevent the Need for Repairs

    March 6, 2018
    It’s easy to take your kitchen and laundry room appliances for granted, but if you neglect them, you might end up with a premature appliance repair on your hands. Fortunately, a little cleaning goes a long way. Here’s how to maintain some of the major appliances in your home to help prevent repairs in the future. Refrigerator & Freezer Cleaning Tips to Avoid Repair Clean the refrigerator coils: ...
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  • Do Not Attempt to Repair Your Washer Yourself

    February 20, 2018
    If your washing machine isn’t working right, you may want to try fixing it yourself. However, if you’re still not sure what’s causing the problem after some simple washing machine repair troubleshooting, you should call a professional to prevent risking more damage to your washer. Here are seven of the most common issues you might experience with your washing machine and when to call Mr. ...
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  • Broken Appliance: Repair or Replace?

    February 9, 2018
    Kitchen appliances are a major financial investment, and when one of your appliances has been underperforming or is no longer working, it can be tough to decide whether to repair or replace it. There are several variables to consider before you make your final decision based on your individual needs and circumstances, including whether you are wanting to upgrade your appliances as part of your ...
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  • How to Get Rid of a Refrigerator

    February 2, 2018
    When you think about the appliances in your kitchen that you rely on most, odds are the refrigerator is somewhere near the top of the list, if not the very first item on that list. However, like all other appliances, refrigerators don't last forever . At some point, you're going to have to replace your old refrigerator, or you're just going to want to upgrade it in order to take advantage of the ...
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  • How to Responsibly Get Rid of Old Appliances

    January 23, 2018
    Have you been wondering how to deal with your old appliances? For those of us committed to responsible recycling, directing your old appliances to exactly the right place is mandatory. For peace of mind, and the knowledge that you have done exactly the right thing for your old appliance disposal - Mr. Appliance® is always here to help. When you replace an appliance, we help you make sure the old ...
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  • Keep Clutter Off the Top of Your Dryer

    January 15, 2018
    Few people really consider whether or not they are using their dryer properly. After all, it should be pretty self-evident, right? Make sure the lint trap is clear, then toss your clothes in and turn it on. However, you'd be surprised at how many mistakes people make when using their dryer, mistakes that could result in a possible safety risk. For example, many people place their clothes on top of ...
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  • Creative Uses for Old Refrigerators

    January 5, 2018
    When an old appliance breaks, it often isn’t worth the cost to repair it. If your refrigerator has reached the average life expectancy of a fridge —or about 14 years—it may be time to replace it the next time it malfunctions. But don’t toss the broken appliance just yet! We have a few creative uses for old refrigerators that might make it worth keeping around. Pantry Have you always wanted a ...
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  • The 5 Most Common Oven Issues to Watch Out For

    January 2, 2018
    Whether you’re cooking dinner for the family on a busy weeknight or planning a fancy home-cooked meal for this weekend’s dinner guests, you don’t have time for oven issues. Here are five of the most common oven issues to watch out for and the steps you can take to troubleshoot them yourself. If you have difficulty getting your oven back up and running, remember to leave trickier repairs to a ...
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  • Resolve to Take Better Care of Your Appliances

    December 29, 2017
    It's hard not to take your appliances for granted - you use them so often that they've become a normal part of your day-to-day life, to the point where you don't even give much thought to their use. However, once an appliance begins having issues or, even worse, breaks down, you suddenly realize what an important function it played in your life. Because of this, you should make taking care of your ...
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  • 2017 Laundry Gadget Gift Guide

    December 19, 2017
    The laundry room is an area of the home that is often ignored, which is exactly why picking up a laundry gadget or two as a gift can be a great idea. The laundry room is a space that's often messy, cluttered, unorganized and somewhat inconvenient in its function. The following are a few laundry room accessories that could improve all of that: Astar Magnetic Ironing Mat - The traditional ironing ...
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  • 3 Easy Steps to Cleaning the Refrigerator Coils

    October 25, 2017
    Your refrigerator’s coils work to compress and cool the refrigerant chemical in the appliance. Dirt, dust and pet hair can accumulate on a refrigerator’s condenser coils, which makes them work less efficiently. Try to clean them every six months by using a brush and vacuum cleaner to keep the machine working efficiently. If you have dogs or cats who shed hair frequently, it may be best to complete ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Lemon Pie

    October 16, 2017
    During the cold weather, it can be hard to let go of the sunnier days. So why not embrace the summer craving by baking? Something with a citrus twist should do the trick! This lemon pie is quick and easy to make, and you can even serve it cold! Take it from us; this pie will make you feel like its summer all over again. For the crust: 1 ½ c. crushed graham crackers 6 tbs butter 1/3 c. sugar For ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Make Frozen Food Fancy

    October 4, 2017
    From Our Kitchen to Yours: Make Frozen Food Fancy If you’re in a rush on a hectic weeknight and don’t have time to make dinner from scratch, a convenient meal from the freezer aisle is a great place to turn. The problem is that frozen food tends to taste bland and uninspiring. Fortunately, with minimal time and effort, you can revamp your store-bought burritos, lasagna, and pizza, making them ...
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  • How to Figure Out if Your Appliance is Still Under Warranty

    September 12, 2017
    No matter what brand your appliances are or how well you care for them, they are bound to break down sometime. In your search for reliable appliance repair, you wound up on the Mr. Appliance® website. You might have noticed that when you go to schedule your service , there’s an option to check a box that says, “My appliance is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty or service contract.” This has you ...
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  • Fix Your Ice Maker When it Gets Stuck Without Destroying It

    September 5, 2017
    Having a freezer with an ice maker is incredibly convenient. It allows you to enjoy icy cold drinks every day without having to refill ice trays at the kitchen sink. Whether you need a large supply of ice for the big game, a birthday party, or a regular family dinner, you count on your ice maker to work flawlessly. That’s why it’s such a big inconvenience if your ice maker gets stuck or fails to ...
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  • Clean Off Your Refrigerator and Other Back to School Tips

    August 23, 2017
    You’ve gone back-to-school shopping with your children to help them get their desks, lockers, and backpacks ready for the new school year, but what preparations have you made at home? We’re not just talking about the kids’ rooms or the study area in the play room—we’re referring to the kitchen, the very heart of your home. This is where the hustle and bustle of weekday mornings, afternoon homework ...
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  • Which Small Appliances are Worth Being Repaired?

    August 16, 2017
    When a small kitchen appliance breaks, what do you do? Most people throw it out and buy a new one. But is that the right move? After all, some small appliances can be repaired very affordably with a call to a local repair shop or the manufacturer. Here’s a guide to help you decide when small appliance repair is worth it and when it’s better to throw the broken device away and replace it. Repair or ...
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  • The 5 Most Common Refrigerator Issues to Watch Out For

    August 7, 2017
    Is your refrigerator acting up? If it’s more than a decade old, it might be near the end of its useful lifespan . Still, it could be possible to fix the problem and get several more years out of the appliance. Here’s how to troubleshoot five of the most common refrigerator issues. Fridge Not Getting Cold The appliance should keep food between 37 and 41 degrees. If you open your refrigerator door ...
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  • Take the Tears Out of Chopping Onions

    July 26, 2017
    Onions can be a great addition to lots of different food; producing a variety of tastes and flavors, they are used frequently in many of our favorite dishes. However, while they add tasty flavor, they release a gas compound that can burn eyes and cause them to tear up in the middle of cooking. Since there are few people immune to the affect of sulfuric compounds, lovers of cooking have come up ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: How to Marinate Meat for Grilling

    July 6, 2017
    Meat prepared the right way can be a delicious entrée by themselves, but can taste even better when paired with a delicious marinade. Coating and soaking meat before grilling can seem like a daunting task, but knowing what kinds of marinades are good for different types of meat will greatly speed up the process. So, tie on your apron and let’s get the cooking juices flowing! Chicken When it’s ...
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  • Top Grill Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

    June 28, 2017
    Gas grills are the most popular type of grills for backyard barbecues. Charcoal grills remain the go-to option for portable grilling at campouts and tailgating parties. Regardless of what type of grill you have, you want it to last for many years. Here are the most important grill cleaning and maintenance tips you should perform to keep your grill in good condition. Grill Cleaning: How to Clean a ...
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  • Signs You Need a New Grill

    June 21, 2017
    As grilling season gets underway, you may be eager to whip up this year’s first batch of burgers on your trusty backyard grill. But is this aging outdoor appliance really up for yet another grueling year of high temperatures, smoke, and greasy food? Learn when it’s time for a new grill and consider some viable replacement options. Is your grill past its prime? Look into repairing or replacing it ...
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  • Father’s Day Gift Guide: All About Grills

    June 16, 2017
    The smell of hotdogs and burgers fill the air outside as Dad grills up a delicious dinner on a warm night. Man, our mouths sure are watering! If Dad keeps dropping not so subtle hints about wanting a grill and everything that comes with it, you’ve come to the right place to figure out what to buy him. There’s a ton of grills out there and several types, and it can get confusing but we’re here to ...
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  • Who wins the battle between gas and charcoal grills?

    May 30, 2017
    Anytime it's nice to be outside... the battle between gas grills and charcoal grills rages on. For years, people have been asking, is a gas or charcoal grill better for your health? How do you cook on a gas grill? How do you know your charcoal grill is ready? These questions bring to light some of the differences between gas grills and charcoal grills. Let’s explore other characteristics to find ...
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  • How to Keep Your Outdoor Appliances Safe from the Elements

    May 10, 2017
    If you recently installed an outdoor kitchen, or you’re still contemplating making this upgrade in your backyard, you want the investment to last for many years. This means choosing the right appliances and taking steps to protect them from harsh storms and cold winter weather. Here’s how. Indoor vs. Outdoor Appliances At the very least, every outdoor kitchen needs a built-in stainless steel ...
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  • The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

    May 3, 2017
    As you brainstorm for the perfect Mother’s Day gifts to give this year, consider the condition of your mom’s kitchen appliances. Does she continually complain about dishwasher’s loud cycles? Is her fridge outdated and expensive to operate? Does she pine for a new oven? This could be the year you surprise Mom with a new kitchen appliance. If your budget allows, you might even spoil her with a ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: 5 Out-of-the-Ordinary Ways to Use your Crock Pot

    April 19, 2017
    Crock Pots are one of the most underrated kitchen appliances. One of the best parts about crock-pots is that you can count on it to cook your meal while you are working or running errands. They come in many sizes, so if you are heading out to a party, you can bring a small one for dips; or if you are hosting a dinner party, you can use a big one to make casserole. What many people don’t know is ...
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  • 8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Garage Refrigerator

    April 12, 2017
    With summer almost here, you are probably planning for your kids being out of school for a few months. With their release come lots of play dates and little ones running in and out of the house throughout the season. You might be preparing for this by putting extra sodas and snacks in your refrigerator and preparing some easy meals; but you can quickly run out of space… so what do you do? Take ...
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  • How to Get the Worst Stains Out

    April 5, 2017
    Ketchup on your brand new white blouse? Remnants of the chocolate bar you just ate on your jeans? Grease on your button down from changing a car tire? We’ve all been there. Stains are an inevitable part of life that tend to occur at the worst moments. Luckily, there are tricks that can ease your worries when it comes to those pesky marks that do not seem to go away. Here are the top six worst ...
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  • To Dry or Not to Dry: Which Fabrics Go in the Dryer?

    March 31, 2017
    Laundry day is a day that many dread; for some, it’s the folding, for others it’s the sorting. There are many woes that people have about laundry. However something that many don’t understand is what they can and cannot put in the dryer. We have all been there: you put your favorite shirt in the dryer and pull it out, only to see that it is now a shirt fit for a small child. It’s not a good ...
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  • What's the Deal With Dry Clean Only?

    March 22, 2017
    If you just bought a new wool suit or silk blouse, you may become discouraged when you discover it says “dry clean only” on the tag. Do you really need to obey this instruction? How crucial is it to dry clean certain fabrics, and what makes the process safer than washing? Find the answers to your questions here, so you don’t inadvertently ruin a delicate fabric in the wash. What Does “Dry Clean ...
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  • The Washer's Lint Trap Needs Cleaning Too

    March 6, 2017
    You know about the dryer lint screen, but did you know your washing machine has a lint trap, too? If your clothes have a furry coat of lint coming out of the wash, the lint filter is probably clogged. It’s time to remedy this problem by learning more about washer lint collectors. What is a Washing Machine Lint Trap? Some washers have cleanable filters while others have mesh lint traps. Regardless ...
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  • Make Dryer Lint Fire Starters for Spring Camping Trips

    February 28, 2017
    Spring camping is something that many families take part in as the weather starts to get warmer. And those beautiful warmer days will be here before you know it. Many memories (and s’mores) can be made around the campfire during this time. But, before you get there, you must build the fire. Now, we know that dryer lint is flammable and can be hazardous if you leave it in the dryer; however, it is ...
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  • Best Places for the Washer and Dryer

    February 22, 2017
    No one seems to agree exactly where the laundry room should go. These rooms were once afterthoughts, installed in out-of-the-way closets or the corner of the basement. Over the years, new homes have started prioritizing laundry room location to increase convenience, improve efficiency, and ensure safe ventilation. But where is the best place for the laundry room? There isn’t one right answer to ...
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  • Why You Need to Clean the Lint Filter Every Time

    February 16, 2017
    You’ve heard that you need to clean the dryer lint trap after every load, but is it true? Let’s discuss the reasons to clean the lint filter, how often you should perform this task, and more useful tips. Why Do You Clean a Dryer Lint Filter? When clothing tumbles around in the dryer, the agitation and high heat cause clothing, towels, and linens to shed some of their fibers. The lint screen ...
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  • Get Your Laundry Room Organized Before You Do Anything Else

    January 17, 2017
    Now that the busy holidays are over, you can focus on getting your home organized for the New Year. Before you do anything else, get your laundry room organized to create a more functional space. Whether you have a small or big budget, little or large space to work with, get inspired by these tips to organize the laundry room. Laundry Room Organization on a Small Budget Even when you don’t have a ...
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  • Break Your Bad Laundry Habits

    January 10, 2017
    Have you considered breaking your bad laundry habits? If you want to save money on detergent, new clothes, and washing machine repairs, break these bad laundry habits right now! And, we know you'll love these tips so much, we've made a shareable social media graphic with all of them included at the bottom of this page! Using Too Much Laundry Detergent It’s easy to assume that more soap means ...
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  • Organize your Pantry to Start the New Year Off Right

    January 1, 2017
    Do you enjoy cooking during the holidays, or does stepping foot in your pantry increase your stress level to an unhealthy degree? Pantry organization isn’t the same as organizing the rest of your kitchen because you constantly draw from and restock the pantry. If you’re not careful, this could lead to a state of constant disarray, not to mention food waste as expiration dates come and go. Now’s ...
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  • Clean Everything Else

    December 7, 2016
    This is the time of year to prepare your home – especially your kitchen – for the holidays. If you’re hosting dinner parties for family and friends, a clean, functional kitchen will help everything go smoothly. You’ve already learned how to clean your oven and refrigerator – now it’s time to tackle the rest of the kitchen as part of your yearly holiday preparations. Dust High Areas This is a great ...
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  • Get Your Silverware Drawer Organized ASAP

    November 2, 2016
    Cooking efficiently relies heavily on drawer organization. All the drawers in your kitchen require some attention, but let’s tackle the silverware drawer first and foremost. With these eight ideas, you’ll have the cutlery under control in no time. Expandable Drawer Organizers Cutlery collections can be large or small, and kitchen drawers don’t come in standard sizes. The solution to this dilemma ...
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  • Coolest Lunchboxes

    September 13, 2016
    Lunchboxes were and have always been a staple at school lunches. You may remember in middle school, how “cool” someone seemed based on his or her vintage metal lunchbox. Lunchboxes are sort of like a time capsule, throwing everyone back to their younger years. However, recently, the style of lunchboxes has changed; they are now more modular and have the ability to pack a variety of items into one ...
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  • This Is the Worst Time for Your Washer to Die

    September 1, 2016
    With sports starting back up and warmer, heavier outfits taking center stage, back-to-school time is when you rely on your washer and dryer the most. This would be the worst time for these appliances to break down! To ensure your washer and dryer keep running like normal, implement certain maintenance and troubleshooting tips. Then if needed, you can schedule washer and dryer repair with Mr. ...
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  • Keep Everyone Healthy at School

    August 16, 2016
    It’s hard to believe summer is already over. Now that the kids are headed back school, they’ll come in contact with germs and contagious bugs from their fellow classmates. You can’t control what happens at school, but you can maintain a clean kitchen to help prevent your family from getting sick this school year. Follow these kitchen cleaning tips for a healthier home. Wash Up Every family member ...
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  • What is the Lifespan of your Refrigerator?

    July 21, 2016
    Have you owned your refrigerator for a few years? Are you unsure how much longer you can expect it to last? Learn the typical refrigerator lifespan so you can plan ahead when the time for appliance replacement looms near. You can even adopt tips to help your refrigerator provide efficient service for as long as possible. How Long Does a Refrigerator Last? According to the 23rd annual portrait of ...
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  • Preventing Bad Odors in the Fridge

    July 12, 2016
    Have you ever opened your refrigerator door only to be assaulted by a stinky waft of refrigerated air? The cool temperature does little to temper the odor, and you’re forced to hold your nose as you dig around for the source of the stench. Maybe old leftover fish, ground beef or forgotten salad has been hiding in the back corner for a few weeks – or even longer. Even once you dispose of the moldy, ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Refrigerator Meals

    June 21, 2016
    We all have busy lives, and sometimes cooking big, healthy meals isn’t high on our priority list. Thankfully, your refrigerator can be a great resource when it comes to preparing meals and snacks for the week. Breakfast Prep Ahead: Breakfast Bowls We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most people don’t have time during busy mornings to cook a hearty breakfast. However, you ...
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  • 4 Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens

    June 7, 2016
    Summer is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about the barbecues and backyard parties you will be hosting this season. Here are four beautiful outdoor kitchens to give you inspiration for your own outdoor kitchen. 1. The Patio Kitchen This beautiful outdoor kitchen sits on the patio against the home’s back wall. The stone on the kitchen walls looks elegant next to the house. It is small yet ...
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  • Summer Grill Showdown: Gas Versus Charcoal

    May 31, 2016
    If you love grilling, you may be familiar with the great gas vs. charcoal debate. Perhaps your best friend prefers one while your father-in-law swears by the other. Every passionate griller has their preference, so if you’re still on the fence, approach the issue as objectively as possible to help you choose the right grill for you. Gas Grill Owners of gas grills love the primal pleasure of ...
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  • Cook Dinner in Your Dishwasher? Kitchen Appliance Hacks

    May 1, 2016
    You spend your day multitasking, so why shouldn’t your kitchen appliances juggle more than one job, too? Dishwashers can poach salmon. Freezers can wash your clothes. Microwaves can help you squeeze orange juice. Granted, there are risks to hacking home appliances—especially the fact that it could render your warranty moot, warns Doug Rogers , president of Mr. Appliance , a national appliance ...
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  • Recycle your Laundry Detergent Bottle

    April 27, 2016
    Recycling newspapers, aluminum cans and glass has become part of the everyday routine and lifestyles for many homes and businesses. Most detergent and fabric softener bottles even have a layer of recycled plastic in them. Yet, there is still a lot more that we can do. According to dosomething.org , the average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per ...
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  • Dryer Sheets Versus Fabric Softener

    April 8, 2016
    Which Is Better? Okay, so we all know that using dryer sheets or fabric softener will make your clothes smell fresh and help reduce wrinkles. But, when faced with the choice on the grocery store laundry aisle, which do you pick? We interviewed a mom we know, and did a little online research to get to the bottom of the fresh-laundry face-off. Fabric Softener: Benefits We interviewed a mom we know, ...
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  • Brightening your Kitchen for Spring

    March 29, 2016
    It’s always so refreshing when warmer weather arrives in the spring and you can start opening your windows again. From checkered prints to fresh flowers, you can make your kitchen bright and airy as the seasons change by mimicking some of the colors you see outside. Here are some easy, inexpensive kitchen styles for spring you should try out. Add a Fresh Layer of Paint Is there one particularly ...
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  • Proper Dryer Cleaning & Fire Prevention

    March 21, 2016
    by: Steve Bowles, Mr. Appliance Franchise Consultant This blog was contributed by one of our franchise consultants and dryer vent cleaning experts, Steve Bowles. Clothes dryer vent fires are a real risk to home safety and proper inspection and maintenance of your dryer is a necessity. According to recent news reports citing the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are ...
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  • Green with (Kitchen) Envy

    March 17, 2016
    The kitchen is the center of the home. It is the room in which family and friends congregate, and the room where you teach your children to cook. As the kitchen is generally a high traffic area, we want it to be modern and warm. These beautiful kitchen styles are timeless in their elegance and inviting in their character. White on White on Grey Bright, uplifting kitchens are on trend right now. ...
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  • Warning Signs for Appliances

    February 25, 2016
    As you go about your day, you rely on home appliances more than you probably realize. Only when something goes wrong do you appreciate how dependent you are on your refrigerator, washer and dryer, hot water heater, dishwasher, and oven. Learn how to tell if you should schedule appliance repair and when to opt for a replacement instead. Signs Your Appliances Need Attention The appliance won’t turn ...
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  • Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

    February 11, 2016
    Winter is among us and so is the biting weather. Don’t let the cold catch you off guard; prepare for the frigid forecasts with these easy-to-follow household tips. Give your home some tender, loving care as we enter the Valentine’s Day weekend, and you won’t regret it when the thermometer dips! Turn Your Ceiling Fan Clockwise Use your ceiling fan around the clock by reversing it to run clockwise ...
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  • Who Knew What You Could Do With the Microwave?

    November 1, 2015
    Many of us just use microwaves for reheating food or your cold coffee for the third time. But did you know that there are many other things you can do with your microwave beyond world of just heating? We have gathered a list of easy food recipes to test out in the kitchen, as well as some things you can do to just make your life easier! After all, the microwave became popular due to its quick ...
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  • Keeping Towels Fluffy, Soft and Absorbent

    June 1, 2015
    That fluffy, fresh-from-the-store feel on towels is incredible. But it only takes a couple of months before those perfectly, fluffy towels begin to loose their youthful spark and become less soft and absorbent. No one wants to buy new towels whenever time begins to wear them down. Here are a few tricks you can use to get your towels looking and feeling like new. 1. Vinegar and baking soda always ...
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  • 4 Spring Cleaning Spots you Forget to Clean

    May 27, 2015
    by Maddie Ogletree Spring cleaning is definitely not my favorite time of year. In fact, spring cleaning often turns into “summer cleaning” as the warm weather becomes the norm. Still, at some point I muster up the courage to tackle my apartment, and make my way to the kitchen. After covering the basics, cleaning the counters, organizing the fridge, etc., I always find myself overlooking a lot of ...
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  • Love Your Kitchen

    April 29, 2015
    Take time to love your appliances and they will love you back. Follow these steps from Mr. Appliance® to cook up some romance, instead of frustration with inefficient appliances. Give Your Oven Some Lovin’ Don’t run the self-cleaning cycle within one week of a big dinner - ovens have a tendency to fail during or right after a self-cleaning cycle. Clean the reflector bowls under the burners to help ...
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  • Laundry Love

    April 29, 2015
    Live, Laugh, Wash, Repeat If your family is like most families, your laundry room is one of the busiest rooms in the house. Large and small families are constantly over-working their washer and dryer, especially during the school year. The harder your washer and dryer have to work, the more money and energy you waste. When washing clothes you should use the high-speed spin cycle, which takes more ...
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  • End the Frustration of Unloading Dirty Dishes: 5 Tips to Help Your Dishwasher Do its Best Work.

    April 29, 2015
    Do you have to wash your dishes more than once to get them clean? If so, your dishwasher may be slacking on its job, and there could be many possible reasons. Whether your old dishwasher just doesn’t clean like it used to, or you have a new dishwasher that doesn’t seem to have the cleaning power of your old one, you can increase the effectiveness of your dishwasher with these tips: Use appropriate ...
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  • Reduce. Reuse. Upcycle.

    April 29, 2015
    Break free of the circle and follow the arrows to sustainable cleaning. Save money and fresh air this season by spring cleaning your household with products you can find behind milk cartons and spaghetti boxes. No need to make a special trip to the store, discover cleaning goods within your home that can transform your kitchen from the winter blues to the bright white of spring. Instead of ...
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  • A Fresh Look at Frozen Food

    April 29, 2015
    The recent social trend of “Super Moms” has women feeling like they have to do it all: work, cook, clean, raise kids and appear calm and collected all the while. The “Super Moms” at Mr. Appliance have a secret weapon for keeping all of the balls in the air and maintaining your family’s healthy lifestyle: the freezer, and frozen meals in particular. In recognition of Frozen Food month, Mr. ...
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  • Outdoor Entertaining Mistakes: How to Avoid Them

    April 29, 2015
    Summer’s here and it’s time for outside get togethers with friends and family. Planning an event can be hard, but take our advice to avoid outdoor entertaining mistakes. You certainly don’t want to sacrifice your summertime outdoor lifestyle because of a few preventable mishaps. Watch your weather forecast and be careful to not have your event at the hottest time of the day. Plan for rain, whether ...
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  • How You Could Win Food Fighters with the Right Appliances

    April 29, 2015
    July 22nd is the series premiere of NBC’s Food Fighters. Doesn’t the mere name bring back memories of a good ol’, down-and-dirty cafeteria food fight where hotdogs are launched as missiles and pudding cups are used as booby traps to lure innocent victims to their demise? While watching a food-tossing food fight on TV may be captivating to some, Food Fighters is actually a legit competition between ...
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  • Natural Oven Cleaning Tips

    April 29, 2015
    From our own Mary Kay Liston, VP of Mr. Appliance For burnt-on food, sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the oven and then spritz it with water from a spray bottle. Let it sit overnight and then remove it in the morning with a sponge, and most of the gunk in the oven will come out with it. If baked-on spills still remain, sprinkle on some more baking soda and then add a little bit of white ...
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  • Dryer Vent Cleaning Tips

    April 24, 2015
    Did you know dirty dryer vents cause 15,000 home fires a year? That adds up to a collective $201 million in damages! According to recent studies, nearly 92 percent of all laundry room fires can be traced back to either a dirty dryer or a dirty dryer vent system. Either way, it’s kindling simply waiting for a spark. And that’s all it takes – just one small spark can ignite lint buildup. Once ...
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  • Feeding a Large Family on a Shoestring Budget

    April 23, 2015
    “♫♪ Here’s the story of a lovely lady. Who was bringing up three very lovely girls. All of them had hair of gold…♪♫” Yes Mrs. Brady was bringing up three lovely girls, and also three sons, but she had help! What would she have done without the assistance of Alice, the trustworthy housekeeper, who handled not only the cleaning, but also cooked all the meals. Ann B. Davis played Alice not only in ...
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  • 5 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

    April 14, 2015
    Do you ever have those mornings when everything that could possibly go wrong…does? You hit the snooze button one too many times, so you’re rushed from the get-go. Coffee takes too long to brew, and you have to leave without your beloved cup-o-joe. In a frazzled rush, you spill your lunch all over the kitchen counter. You grab the closest thing in your closet and walk out of the house in an ...
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  • Easy Steps to Kitchen Cabinet Organization

    April 14, 2015
    By: Emilie Sims As I opened the cabinet door, what seemed like hundreds of Tupperware® containers came crashing to the floor (and that wasn’t the first time it had happened). In that unfortunate moment, I chided myself and then found myself wishing I had taken the time to simply organize my cabinet, in order to prevent such catastrophes from transpiring in my kitchen. If this is something you’ve ...
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  • Decoding Laundry Labels

    April 13, 2015
    Decipher those crazy laundry labels with this easy-to-read guide.
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  • Vinegar: Your Kitchen's Best Friend

    March 6, 2015
    By Endia Turney I have a confession. Sometimes I neglect my appliances or use harsh products on them because they won’t get as clean as I want them to. Well, I did. I don’t anymore. I used to always see my mom doing her spring cleaning and slaving over the kitchen appliances, trying her very best to get them as clean as possible. From then on, this thing they call spring cleaning was on my ...
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  • Be a Laundry Ninja

    February 26, 2015
    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a fascinating group, wouldn’t you say? Their home is below ground in the New York sewer – certainly nothing impressive about that. But just in the nick of time, they always seem to show up ready and willing to battle criminals, overlords and aliens. They simply appear out of nowhere, get the job done and then disappear again. Wouldn’t it be nice to be a laundry ...
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  • Roses are Red. Grass Stains are Green.

    February 24, 2015
    "Roses are red and grass stains are green. To knock out stains, you just gotta get mean!" Grass stains on white baseball pants….tomato sauce on a new pink shirt…ink blob on favorite khakis…grrrrrr. It’s common knowledge that clothes with spills and stains are automatically tossed in the trash or are recycled into cleaning rags, right? N to the O. No way. You can absolutely knock those stains out ...
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  • Keeping Your Whites White

    February 24, 2015
    You know the rule…no wearing white after Labor Day. But let’s get real. Who really follows that rule these days anyway? Bustle.com has an interesting listing of the 5 times you shouldn’t wear white: Weddings Funerals Hot Dog Eating Contests Ice Bucket Challenges Apple Picking There’s no mention at all about post-Labor Day wardrobe choices. When asked about the wearing white after Labor Day rules, ...
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  • 3 Easy Steps to a Clean Fridge

    February 24, 2015
    By Emile Sims Spring is just around the corner. And the start of a new season means it’s time to start afresh, clean and get organized! If your family is anything like mine, your kitchen is far from clean (the refrigerator in particular). Especially if you have young boys living in your house, odds are that your refrigerator will suffer more spills than you’d like to admit. You’ll know it’s time ...
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  • Take it from the experts: 7 Tips for Success

    April 29, 2013
    We can all use an extra bit of motivation now and then to remind us how to achieve greatness. Enjoy seven tips from people listed among the top 50 Successful Americans according to Success magazine. Warren Buffett: “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” The cliche “bad company corrupts good ...
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