Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Take Care of That Smelly Garbage Disposal

We sometimes get calls from people wanting to know how to eliminate garbage disposal smells.  This YouTube below gives some terrific suggestions.  Note: We never recommend getting your hands and fingers near a garbage disposal when it's running.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homemade Glass Stove Top Cleaner

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, people are increasingly being drawn to -- and buying -- stoves with glass tops.

However, cleaning these modern-day technological marvels may require buying some special stovetop cleaner.  The chemicals in some of those products can be downright nasty.

Below is a YouTube video that's based on some more natural products.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What To Do With Your Used Dryer Sheets

Feel free to check out this video for some terrific ideas on what you can do with used dryer sheets.

We're happy to add an eighth suggestion: kindling for campfires!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dry your clothes better!

Many people throw their clothes in the dryer, then when the cycle is done, they discover their clothes are just partially dried.

Below are some ideas to ensure your clothes are dry...the first time you dry them:
  • Make sure your exhaust vent behind dryer isn't kinked. The shorter the better.
  • The exhaust duct should be metallic, and made of semi rigid or flexible material. Avoid vinyl -- it's easily crushed and won't withstand heat as well as metallic ducting.
  • Check and clean the outside vent hood, outside your home. Doing so will keep rodents and birds out of your exhaust.  The best vent hoods have a flapper that opens when the dryer is in use and closes when off.
  • Faithfully clean the lint screen between dryer loads.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Keep Your Meat Fresh in the Freezer for Years

Properly freezing food will help save you lots of money and ensure tasty food in the future.

To effectively preserve meats or other foods, you need to ensure several things:

1. Check the freezer's temperature.  It should be at zero degrees.

2. Make sure to have an alternative means of powering your freezer in the event of a power outage. A common misconception about frozen foods is that once they are frozen and thawed, they can't be re-frozen. This is false.  Foods that are thawed can definitely be re-frozen.

3. When you package your food into freezer bags try to remove as much air as possible in each bag before sealing them.  For best results, purchase a food vacuum sealer. Anytime you can remove the air from food and reduce the moisture, you guarantee a much longer freezer shelf life.

Following these tips can ensure your meat is edible for the long stretch, staving off freezer burn and ensuring tasty meat for future meals.