Chemical Free Cleaning: My Experience Using Laundry Balls & Dishwasher Disks With Ceramic Cleaning Beads

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Chemical-free cleaning is becoming more and more popular. But today's post goes way beyond homemade laundry detergent and DIY fabric softener recipes. Lately, everyone's talking about using tiny beads to clean clothes in your washing machine and to clean dishes in your dishwasher. I'm one of them. I recently purchased a set of laundry balls and a dishwasher disk. Both of these products are filled with tiny cleaning beads that magically remove stains and odors without using ANY … [Read more...]

How To Clean A Sponge: 4 Most Effective Ways To Kill Germs & Bacteria On Kitchen Sponges (+ My All-Time Favorite Sponges!)

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I finally found the absolute best kitchen sponges... ever! Honestly, I never thought kitchen sponges mattered all that much to me. I've been using the same brand of sponges for years -- until recently. See why I switched, what I switched to, and what I've learned about how to clean a sponge... Kitchen sponges are the No. 1 source of germs in the whole house. Why? The moist, micro-crevices that make a sponge such an effective cleaning device also make it a cozy home for germs and … [Read more...]

Do You Really Need Jet-Dry In The Dishwasher? YES!

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I'm not sure why exactly, but for all of my 43 years I have resisted the urge to try Jet-Dry in the dishwasher. I think because I believed it was just a lot of hype, and it seemed wasteful to spend money on something that got your dishes looking "extra clean". (Isn't clean enough?) Well, I'm here to tell you, I tried Jet-Dry for the very first time this week. And now I'm hooked. Even hubby says, 'We can't go back to dishes looking the way they used to look when they came out of the … [Read more...]

My Old Dishwasher Runs Like New Again… After Cleaning Out All That Gunk!

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So here it is 2 years later from the first time our dishwasher backed up and I was forced to do a major de-gunking in order to get it running back up to speed. That was then, this is now... Today, when I glanced at that basket in the back of our dishwasher, I noticed lots of "black gunk" had built up underneath the basket itself. There was so much blackness in there, that you could actually tell from a distance that there was some serious build-up going on in there. No water backing … [Read more...]

4 Quick & Easy Tips For Keeping Your Dishwasher Running Smoothly

Since my earlier article describing how I fixed our clogged dishwasher myself was such a hit, I thought I'd offer up a few more great tips for 'fixing' your dishwasher and keeping it running smoothly. For example, did you know that more than 60% of dishwashers have a fungus on the rubber seal around the appliance door? Here's the fix: Use a regular spray cleaner and a small brush to get into the grooves of the rubber. To sanitize your entire dishwasher, layer of coating of 1 part white … [Read more...]

Need A Repair Manual? Are You Looking For An Owners Manual? Or Replacement Parts?

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Where's help when you need it? Good news! I've found that you can usually locate the manual you need online, and I've saved you all the legwork by including the best sites with repair manuals and parts right here. If you need a repair manual or owners manual start here: Users Manual Guide -- Odds are, you can find virtually any user manual here. Manuals Online -- Search over 300,000 user manuals and over 5,000 different brands. iFixit Repair Guides -- See how to fix almost … [Read more...]

I Fixed Our Dishwasher! Here’s How I Did It…

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Jim and I are definitely do-it-yourselfers. In our 6+ years of marriage, we have never once called a repairman to our home whenever something broke or stopped working. Around the house, if something goes wrong, Jim usually has enough handyman skills in him to get us out of practically any jam. And with my research skills, I'm usually able to point him in the right direction anytime he's unsure about something. I guess we're a pretty good team. But last week, Jim was out of town -- for a … [Read more...]

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers: Creative Uses For These Household Cleaning Blocks That Truly Work Magic!

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Who knew, that I'd first hear about Mr. Clean Magic Erasers at a conference about blogging? It's true. When Glenn Reynolds (a.k.a. "The Instapundit" and godfather of the blogging world) mentioned in passing how much he liked this handy household gadget, I knew it must be great. And when he commented on its ability to work on a wide variety of surfaces, rather than just those stated on the box, I knew this product would be right up my alley. I'm not kidding when I say these Magic Erasers … [Read more...]