Wouldn’t life be so much easier with a large kitchen? While a larger kitchen may seem like a dream come true for many, the reality is that not much can be done for apartment/condo-sized kitchens or small homes with even smaller kitchens. Don’t let the size of your kitchen get you down. Instead, follow these simple tips to make your kitchen seem bigger than it really is.
What do you use your dishwasher for? The obvious answer is to clean dishes, of course, but what if you could use it to clean more. Here are five things you can wash in the dishwasher that aren’t covered in food.
Imagine if your kitchen not only looked good, but sounded good too. A musical kitchen, you may ask. While the idea may seem a little silly, Co.Design says,”Recently we’ve started to see companies spend even more time (and resources) shaping not only how their products look but how they sound, too”. One of these companies is GE. GE is working hard to give all of their new dryers and dishwashers distinct and appealing sounds, instead of the regular buzzes and beeps.
Are you guilty of this habit – running the dishwasher or other appliances while you are not home? You are not alone, and while this habit may seem harmless, it caused one homeowner $70,000 worth of damage. How would you like to come home to a home up in flames?
The fire happened in St. Peters on November 21, 2012 – the day before Thanksgiving. The $70,000 worth of damage was done in only two hours of time. Firefighters have traced the cause of the fire to a dishwasher that was recalled in January 2009 by the BSH Home Appliances Corporation. The fire was caused by an electrical component that was prone to overheating and sparking a fire.
The homeowner is lucky that this fire did not happen sooner and that no one was injured. If they had chosen to run the dishwasher right before they went to bed, it may have been even more devastating.
However, running the dishwasher and other appliances while you are at home is not the only thing to blame in this case. The homeowner should have also registered the product when they bought it. This would have allowed the homeowner to receive updates about the recall, as well as the important information needed about having the appliance fixed or replaced.
Central County Fire and Rescue Chief Russ Mason said in a press release, “This particular fire highlights the importance of registering any product you bring into your home. The information you provide allows companies to contact you with important safety recall details, sometimes years after you have purchased a product.”
It is also very important to check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for the most recent list of recalled items. For example, LG just recalled 161,000 stovetops earlier this month. Don’t rely on the major news stream to fill you in on recalls, since there are so many that happen each month.
Everyone likes a hot shower – until the bills come in, that is. While water heating is an essential part of our lives, it would be nice to cut the monthly expenses. Your extra savings can come through minor changes that will not even change your daily schedule. Try these tips out to use less water and energy, as well as seeing substantial savings.
We all know that Thanksgiving is a holiday, but did you know that November 15 is National Clean Out Your Fridge day? You may not get a day off of work for it, but this day was started to promote healthy living by preventing bacteria growth in the refrigerator. What better way to get ready for the turkey? We hope that you clean out your fridge more than once a year because it is better for your health and for your wallet.
Cook in the Kitchen With Your iPad Who needs a cookbook these days when there is cool technology like the Apple iPad and similar tablets. These devices allow you to look up recipes on popular websites or even download cookbooks wirelessly. However, iPads and other like tablets are not exactly built for the kitchen. Here are five cool accessories to turn your iPad into your new best friend in the kitchen.
It just might be unanimous that the one thing everyone hates about camping and vacationing is the build up of dirty laundry. Even if you store your dirty laundry in a separate plastic bag, the rest of your clean clothes can catch that musky/dirty smell too. Wouldn’t it be great if you could take your washing machine with you? Believe it or not, you can.
A company called the Laundry Alternative designed a hand crank 5lb washing machine called the Wonderwash. All the machine needs is a little bit of water and laundry detergent, and it can clean your clothes anywhere.
Mashable.com considered this device one of three that would change your life. That might be true if you are use to laundry mats and don’t mind a little arm exercise. Continue reading →
If you have ever spent your time in the kitchen cleaning and cooking, you may have joked about the idea of an appliance that just does it all for you. For about $41K your dreams can come true. Continue reading →
Can you imagine spending $1000 a month on heating costs? Seems a little unlikely, but one New York resident did while trying to warm up her 90-year-old home. While we can bet you will never spend that much on heating and electricity, do you feel like you are spending too much? Continue reading →