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    IF your laundry smells like mildew or your machine looks moldy, there is a simple solution. A TikToker revealed the common mistake you may be making that could be damaging your machine. 2Appliance expert Renae shared the three things you should be doing after every laundry loadCredit: TikTok / renduh TikTok user Renae, known to her followers as @Renduh, shared the three things you should be doing after every laundry load. The appliance repair tech recommended drying out the gasket on your front loading washing machine to prevent mildew. "Use a rag or old towel to dry out any remaining water in the gasket when your laundry is done," Renae advised. She also recommended: "Leave the door to your washing machine open when you’re not using it." Read More in LifestyleSUPER SAVER The money saving hacks for your freezer, dishwasher and washing machineCHEAT SHEET I’m an appliance pro – the laundry mistake damaging your clothes AND machine Finally, the TikToker informed her viewers that removing the detergent tray is the most important step to preventing mold-growth in your machine. Renae...
    WITH winter approaching and energy bills rising, there are a few switches Americans can make to bring down their bills. The cost of energy for the average American was up 13 percent in November from the previous year, according to the Consumer Price Index. 1Using cold water can save you money with each loadCredit: Getty Plus, the winter months are set to bring even colder temperatures which most likely means households will need to use more energy. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed that due to the colder weather, households will spend more money on energy this winter than last year. However, there are some simple swaps Americans can make to save some cash. Things like paying attention to your water use or making sure your dishwasher is full before running it are just a few to try. Read More on Energy BillsTAKE NOTE Thousands of Americans at risk of utility shut-offs in three days PLUG IT I'm a savvy shopper - a $8 Amazon item can cut your energy bill by $512 Below, we break down five...
    THE next time you put on a load of laundry on, check to make sure you're not using a certain setting. An appliance expert shared a common laundry mistake to avoid this winter season. 3TikTok user Renae shared the setting to avoid on your washing machine this winterCredit: TikTok/@renduh 3The appliance repair pro advised her viewers to always follow the instructions on a garment's care labelCredit: TikTok/@renduh TikTok user Renae, known to her followers as Renduh, revealed the setting on your washing machine you should steer clear of this winter. The appliance expert explained that while there is no universal "optimal temperature" to wash your clothes at, you should avoid using too cold of water. Renae explained: "If your washing machine has the option for 'tap cold' not 'cold,' do not use it unless the directions of your garment specifically ask for it." The TikToker detailed that the regular cold setting on a washing machine uses a temperature sensor, which mixes hot water through the cycle. Read More in LifestyleSUPER SAVER The money saving hacks for your freezer, dishwasher and...
    EVERYONE is try to save some extra money here and there now more than ever. The biggest drain on your wallet could be in the appliances in your home, and although you can't stop using them altogether there are a dew tricks to help cut the cost. 2There are a few tricks to help cut the cost of using your dishwasherCredit: Getty 2Laundry doesn't have to cost a fortune either, according to appliance expertsCredit: Getty Here are some of the best tricks, tips and hacks to save money on your freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Washing machine tricks Washing clothes is unavoidable, and although there are a few savvy tricks to get more wear from your outfits, sooner or later you'll have to chuck them into the washing machine. Check the settings It might seem obvious, but one of the best ways to cut the cost of using any appliance is to make sure you're using it right. READ MORE ON CLEANINGSMELL STEPS I'm a cleaning pro - here's how to keep your house smelling fresh, it costs £3HOME &...
    A COMMON kitchen appliance can release millions of toxic chemicals into your food, experts have claimed. Researchers in Australia found that a single scratch on a non-stick pan can result in microplastics seeping into your meals. 1Medics at the Flinder's University in Australia found that if a pan had a scratch or mark of just 5cm, then it could release up to 2.3million particlesCredit: Getty Many pans used to fry foods are coated with with Teflon, which stop foods like fried eggs from sticking to the pan when cooking. The heat proof particles used to create this are called Per-and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) - also known as forever chemicals. These chemicals have previously been linked to immune system suppression and even cancer. Writing in the journal, the Science of the Total Environment, experts used light waves to measure the particles. Read more on forever chemicalsHAZARD Urgent warning as certain kitchen utensils could 'quadruple your cancer risk' Medics at the Flinder's University in Australia found that if a pan had a scratch or mark of just 5cm, then it could release...
    REMOVING damp clothes from your tumble dryer can be frustrating. An appliance expert has revealed how to fix this issue, and the setting you may want to avoid using. 2TikTok user Renae explained the reasons why your clothes are damp when you remove them from your tumble dryerCredit: Tiktok TikTok user Renae, who runs the account Renduh, shared the reasons why your clothes are still damp when you remove them from the dryer. The appliance expert detailed how there are two common reasons why your clothes may be damp after you remove them from your tumble dryer. "Number one is your dryer may not be able to push the moisture out of your clothes effectively," Renae told viewers. She explained: "That’s usually because either your dryer was overloaded, your venting isn’t clean, or you’re not emptying the lint trap often enough." Read More LifestyleSQUEAKY CLEAN People are just realizing how to stop cutlery from getting dull & streakyDISH IT People are realizing they’re loading the dishwasher wrong, the one area to avoid The TikToker recommended only half-way filling the...
    THOSE who own an air fryer know what a nightmare it is to get it sparkling and ready for the next use. But although there are countless cleaning hacks, one in particular has taken TikTok by storm. 4The cleaning hack has been a hit on TikTok - but is it actually safe?Credit: tiktok/@cathypedrayes 4According to the mum, not only is it dangerous but can also ruin your air fryerCredit: tiktok/@cathypedrayes The trick, originally posted by a Aaliyah Alexus, sees the mum-of-three pouring some soap and hot water in her air fryer. As demonstrated in the now-viral video, she then turned it on for three minutes before chucking away the filthy water. Though the hack was praised by many on social media, one mum quickly hit back, pointing out at the dangers of this method. Warning fellow air fryer fans, Cathy Pedrayes (@cathypedrayes) took to TikTok to urge everyone to steer clear of the popular hack. read more air fryer storiesDinner time I made fried chicken in my Air Fryer with a secret ingredient POT TO TRY IT I tried the...
    SHOPPING: Products featured in this article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, DailyMail.com will earn an affiliate commission. If you’ve been on the hunt for a high-quality air fryer that won’t take up too much room on your countertop, you might find it’s quite a struggle. Sure, many are compact, but they're not exactly reliable. Then there’s the Ninja AF101. This air fryer gets all the love — and for good reason. It’s been a culinary darling since its inception, touted as an affordable alternative to pricier models that’s sized just right and built to perform. Right now, you can snap it up for just $99.95, a fantastic savings of 23% off the $129.99 list price. Ninja AF101 Air Fryer  Backed by a one-year warranty, the Ninja AF101 air fryer is a fan favorite. It’s beloved for everything from its efficiency to its ability to do virtually everything.  Use it to crisp up your favorite vegetables or to roast meat or dehydrate or simply reheat. The air fryer...
    As we brace for a difficult winter for millions of households who face far higher energy bills than this time last year, many will be looking at ways to make savings.  Bills will rise for many this month even with the Energy Price Guarantee which fixes the price of electricity at 34p per kWh. Many know that taking long showers and using a tumble dryer regularly can send monthly costs soaring - but what about other appliances and devices? The energy price cap will fix electricity at 34p per kWh meaning boiling a kettle will cost you about 8.5p Fundamentally, if you can work out how much energy an appliance is using per hour, you can make a decision on where to potentially cut back.  We've taken a handful of household appliances and shown you how to work out how much it costs to run per hour.How to work out how much energy your appliance usesEvery appliance has a power rating, usually given in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW) - 1000W = 1kW - which tells you how much electricity...
    CLEANING the outside of your fridge is just as important as cleaning the inside, according to experts. A TikToker showed her viewers the hidden part of their fridge that needs to be cleaned every year. 2TikTok user Megan showed her viewers the important part of a fridge they're forgetting to cleanCredit: TikTok/Grovehousereneo TikTok user Megan, who runs the account Grove House Reno, revealed the important part of your fridge you're forgetting to clean. Megan demonstrated how to use a vacuum to clean the coils at the back of your fridge. "Move fridge and unplug. Remove bottom cover. Feel horrified," the TikToker joked as she gave viewers a close up look of her fridge. Appliance repair expert Renae, known to her followers as Renduh, explained the importance of cleaning your refrigerator coils once a year. Read More LifestyleCHEAT SHEET I’m an appliance pro – the laundry mistake damaging your clothes AND machineDISHWASHER SAFE I’m an appliance expert – people are just realizing my 3 dishwasher tips Explaining the concept of thermodynamics, she said: "You basically have to take the heat and...
    MOST people do laundry at least once a week, but every time you clean your clothes you might be damaging them, and your machine. An appliance expert has revealed the common laundry mistake which may be shortening the lifespan of your dryer. 2TikTok user Melissa Pateras revealed the common laundry mistake that's damaging your clothes and machineCredit: TikTok/melissadilkespateras TikTok user Melissa Pateras shared the common laundry step that's damaging both your clothes and your machine. When you're adding your clothes to your dryer, there's one item you may want to avoid using. Melissa explained: "Stop using dryer sheets, they leave a coating of chemical residue on your clothes and your dryer. That residue coats the dryer’s sensors and it messes with the dryer’s ability to dry your clothes." The appliance expert told her followers that using dryer sheets can shorten the lifespan of their machines. Read More LifestyleGET LIT People are only realizing why their gas burners won’t light & they aren't brokenDISHWASHER SAFE I’m an appliance expert – people are just realizing my 3 dishwasher tips She added: "They’re...
    YOUR fridge is something you open and close multiple times every day. An appliance expert has revealed the everyday things you could be doing that are damaging your fridge. 1TikTok user Renae explained the three common mistakes which could be damaging your fridgeCredit: TikTok/renduh TikTok user Renae, known to her followers as Renduh, shared the three common mistakes that you might be making that are damaging your fridge. For her first tip, the appliance repair expert advised viewers to avoid overpacking their fridge. She explained: "It needs airflow and if your fridge and your freezer are more than about 85% full. They’re not going to be able to cool your food properly." Renae also recommended cleaning behind your fridge on a yearly basis. Read More LifestyleBUZZ WORDS I'm an appliance pro – my tips on cleaning them & when you SHOULDN'T vacuumCHECK IT OUT People are just realizing there's specific spot to put carts at self-checkout "First of all, you should be cleaning any dust stuck to the back of your fridge at least once a year, so that it...
    AN APPLIANCE expert has revealed why people should never dry their wet laundry on radiators - and huge energy bills is just one of the reasons. The dreaded arrival of the colder months means that most of us will be relying on heated radiators to dry our washing. 1The expert explained why drying your wet laundry on radiators is not such a good idea - and huge energy bills is just one of the reasonsCredit: Getty But whilst it might seem like a quick and easy way to get your clothes ready for wearing, an expert has claimed it's not necessarily the best of ideas. Chatting to The Express, a professional at PlumbNation explained why you might want to find an alternative to drying your garments.  “We would recommend that you stop using your radiators to dry your clothes. “The clothes that you place over the top of your radiators prevent the heat from escaping and heating your room, meaning that your boiler has to pick up the slack and work at a greater rate - increasing costs. read more...
    WINGING it when doing your laundry can not only damage your clothes but your machine as well. An appliance expert has revealed the common mistake you might be making that is corroding your washing machine. 2TikTok user Renae shared the common laundry mistake that could be damaging your machineCredit: TikTok TikTok user Renae, who runs an appliance repair account called Renduh, shared a common laundry mistake that could be damaging your machine. Reacting to a viral video which advised users to add the detergent into the agitator, the center part of a top loading washing machine. "No, the detergent for your washing machine does not go inside your agitator. Unless your washing machine is specifically labelled that way or it says to do that in the manual, do not do that," Renae said. She continued: "While yes the fabric softener dispenser is removeable so that you can clean it nice and easy, down [at the bottom] is the bolt that holds your agitator in place." Read More LifestyleEXTRA MEASURES I’m an appliance pro - 4 everyday kitchen items could be...
    THERE'S more than meets the eye in your kitchen. It houses some common appliances that can pose a serious risk to you and your family's safety – from your dishwasher to your microwave, take caution when putting them to use. 2Appliance pros have revealed some dangers that may be lurking in your kitchen devicesCredit: Getty Experts at Appliances Made Simple have shared some less obvious ways that your kitchen gadgets could potentially harm you. COOKER HOODS AND DUCTS Though not usually focused on, cooker ducts and over-hob ventilation systems are known for getting covered in large amounts of dust and grease. To function properly and get the job done, they're placed close to heat and ignition sources, making them a fire risk. To prevent this – when tidying your kitchen – be sure to clean your cooker hood routinely to rid it of the flammable residue and dust so you can cook safely. Read more on appliancesMAINTENANCE I’m a professional cleaner – do these 10 things so your appliances last longerHIDDEN MOLD People are realizing it's costing them to...
    A SAVINGS expert has revealed a simple appliance hack that could save you tons on monthly expenses. Your freezer may be wracking up your energy bill without you even realizing it, but luckily appliance pro Sam Whillance knows the best ways to make it run more efficiently. 1An appliance expert has revealed how you can save tons of money on your energy bills by making your freezer more efficientlyCredit: Getty Considering a freezer runs 24/7, it's important to make sure it's cooling your perishables effectively. Turns out the key to saving money on energy costs is by making sure your cooling appliances are fully stocked. "Stocking up your freezer can save money in several ways," said Whillance. "Firstly, purchasing freezer foods in bulk can be cheaper than buying fresh produce which can also go to waste a lot quicker." read more on appliancesIN FOR A SHOCK Every 'vampire appliance' adding $100s to your energy bill & worst offenderCUTTING COSTS The six appliances draining the most money and energy in your home revealed The cheaper frozen goods can also help to...
    WITH energy bills rising, people up and down the country are looking for easy ways to curb their spending in the home.  Luckily, appliance experts at AO.com have revealed one simple swap can be made when putting on a wash that will save you money in the long run, as it turns out many have been using their washing machine wrong all this time.  2The way you're loading your washing machine could be costing you serious cashCredit: TikTok/@ao The brand’s social media accounts - including their TikTok - shared a helpful video telling their followers their inside information.  Alongside a video of somebody putting a wash on, they wrote: “Take note. “This is how you can save energy when using your washing machine! #washingmachine #washingmachinetips #energysaving.”  They then explained that many people make the same mistake when they load their appliance – and it’s costing them big time.  AO said: “Overfilling your washing machine can be adding money to your energy bills.” They continued to say that that is because having it jam packed for every wash means the machine...
    IT turns out your lint filter has a major purpose – and it's super important for the efficiency of your dryer. Appliance expert Renae has taken to social media to key her followers in on how the lint filter aids in the longevity of the device. 2An appliance expert has shared a fun fact you may be unaware of when it comes to your dryerCredit: TikTok/renduh 2It's related to the purpose of the lint filterCredit: Getty "Hi, my name is Renae and I'm an appliance repair tech, and dryer lint traps are a lie. Well, sort of," the expert began in a TikTok video. "What I actually mean is the name lint trap or lint filter is a little misleading." She explained that the basic way a dryer works is by heating up all of your wet clothing and then pushing out all of that hot humid air to remove it from your garments. Assuming we're talking about a vented dryer, your dryer heats everything up and relies on airflow to push everything outside. Read more on appliancesFIRE HAZARD Household...
    THE kitchen is the heart of the home, and you'd be surprised to learn how easily you can upgrade your space on a budget. If you don't have an ice machine, three items can make your kitchen look extra classy by giving your fridge a makeover without overwhelming cost. 2You can make your own ice machine using a bag of ice, a scoop, and an ice bucketCredit: Getty 2Kelsey goes to Chick-Fil-A weekly and buys a five-pound bag of their ice for $1.50Credit: TIKTOK/kelseyvenkov For under $14, one TikToker solved her iceless dilemma by creating an ice machine with her own favorite brand of ice. "Our fridge doesn't have an ice maker, which you don't realize is a huge luxury until you don't have it anymore," TikTok user Kelsey Venkov explains in her video. Each week, Kelsey goes to Chick-Fil-A and buys a five-pound bag of their infamous ice for $1.50. "It's amazing tasting ice," the homemaker raves. READ MORE ON KITCHEN UPGRADESSHELF-CARE I’m a DIY expert – how I transformed the area above my cabinets into storageICED OUT...
    POURING grease down the drain can destroy your pipes – but dumping the hot liquid into the garbage can make a mess. Fortunately, one woman has shared her trick for throwing grease away without damaging her kitchen sink and drains – and it's also completely mess-free. 3A woman named Chelsea shares details on how she disposes of cooking greaseCredit: TikTok 3She uses foil in the shape of a cup to collect her grease, rather than unsafely pouring it down the drainCredit: TikTok TikToker and appliance expert Chelsea Flora posted a video with a helpful tip for disposing of grease. When grease is hot, it's in liquid form, which means it's pourable – and can easily be poured down a drain. However, once grease cools down, it solidifies. If it solidifies inside your kitchen drains, it will lead to a clog formation that can cost hundreds of dollars to repair. Read More About Cleaning HacksQUICK FIX I’m a cleaning pro – my 2 hacks mean you'll NEVER scrub the tub or taps againDONE & DUSTED Dangerous cleaning hacks to AVOID including...
    Scouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission. You won’t truly appreciate the benefits of using a solid dehumidifier until you have run one for a while and then you stop. It will happen one day when you were too busy to dump out the little, unassuming appliance’s reservoir, or maybe when you get home after a few days away for work or a vacation, or maybe if there’s a power outage for a few hours. You’ll notice your home feeling a bit damper and clammier; it will be a bit warmer; it might even smell a bit… close. “What’s going on here?” you’ll wonder. “Why is my home, a space that’s always so pleasantly cool, dry, and odor-free suddenly damp and dank and rank?” OK, you may not use that exact phrasing or wonder thoughts quite so specific to dehumidification, but still, you get the point: once you start running a dehumidifier during the warm, humid summer months, it will become as essential a home appliance as your fan or...
    DOES your electric bill skyrocket during hot summer months? If so, you might be tempted to turn off the air conditioning when you leave the house, but energy experts warn that could do more harm than good. 1USA, New Jersey, Jersey City, Young woman setting air conditioningCredit: Getty - Contributor When you leave the house for a day of work or errands, you don't need to turn off the air conditioner to save energy, according to How Stuff Works. Instead, just adjust the temperature on the AC unit, turning it up to just a few degrees above the setting you normally keep it on when at home. If you have central air or a standalone unit, making this adjustment can save you energy and money, without leaving the house too warm when you arrive home. "Turning off the AC unit during the day is not necessarily a bad thing," the experts explained. "It is a myth that the AC unit has to work extra-hard to cool off a hot house." READ MORE HOME TIPSQUICK FIX I’m an appliance...
    A SAVVY appliance expert delivered some advice to people about what they are doing all wrong when it comes to doing the laundry. The TikTok user revealed the one item never to put in your washing machine, and what you should use instead. 2TikTok expert Renae shared four best things to do to save money on your energy billCredit: TikTok/renduh Renae, who goes by the TikTok handle renduh posted a stitch that's gone viral with more than 5.6million views. The video started off featuring a comment from another TikToker Alex Mac, who provided tips on saving money and laundry hacks. In the stitch, she said she is not a washing machine specialist and not to "come after her." The video then cuts to Renae, who said she is an expert and added she was an appliance repair tech. In her almost three minute long post, she pointed out that most of what Mac posted were appropriate tips. She then went on to note, in her opinion, what Mac got right and offered up four clear cut techniques to use to...
    THERE'S a laundry list of reasons (no pun intended) why your dryer may not be working. The dryer not heating, not turning on or starting, not tumbling, or making a ton of noise, are all signs that you should take a good look at the appliance. 1Appliance experts have shared what to do if your dryer isn't drying properlyCredit: Getty Luckily, some appliance experts keyed Reader's Digest in on the steps to take when you suspect your dryer is not up to par. MAKE SURE IT ISN'T OVERLOADED You may be trying to jam too much clothes into your dryer all at once. “It is important to make sure the dryer is not being overloaded,” said Gary Childers, a fabric care scientist and appliance expert with Procter & Gamble. “Overloading the dryer can cause issues with drying performance and noise when too much weight is inside the dryer.” Childers advised to never fill the dryer drum more than three-quarters full. Read more on laundryFOLD ON I’m a laundry pro – try 4 ways of folding shirts to keep them organized...
    WHETHER you carefully sort through your clothes by color or just dump everything into the machine together, you're doing your laundry all wrong. It turns out you should be separating your laundry, just not in the way you'd think. 2Appliance expert Renae shared a laundry separating hack with her TikTok followersCredit: TikTok TikToker and appliance expert Renae revealed the best way to separate clothes is actually by weight. Washing your heavier items in their own load occasionally can help pro-long the life of your washing machine. "Take into consideration how heavy your clothing items would be if they were sopping wet with water," Renae explained. "Obviously, jeans and T-shirts are two completely different weights when they’re wet. So if you put those in the laundry together it’s probably going to shake a lot more during a spin and it could wear your shock absorbers out prematurely." Read More Laundry HacksTIGHT CLUB I’m a laundry expert – how to stop your tights from getting long runsTHAT'S ENOUGH I'm a laundry expert - the exact amount of detergent you need revealed While...
    If you click on a link in this story we may earn affiliate revenue. YOUR kettle is probably one the most used appliances in your kitchen,  but this regular use could actually be making it a rather costly item. This is especially true if you are living in a hard water area, as limescale build-up may be making your energy bills higher than they otherwise would be. 1Get your kettle clean in no time with these handy tipsCredit: Getty Speaking to the Express, Paul Benjamin, Digital Marketing Manager at Kinetico, said: “Not only is limescale in your kettle unsightly, but it can also make your tea taste funny and could be making your energy bills higher.  “Limescale affects how efficient your kettle is by covering the heat element, so it takes longer to heat up the water, which can shorten the lifespan of your kettle and increase the amount of energy you use to boil water. “Not only will you be paying more for your energy use, but you’ll likely need to shell out on a new kettle sooner than...
    DO you ever take your items out of your dishwasher in the morning and wonder why they're not clean? Well, one appliance expert has explained the reasons for that happening - and it actually means less work for you. 2There's no point in washing your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher - you're actually making it harder to cleanCredit: Getty In a video on the Mechnically Incleyened TikTok page, a pro took a look at one lady's dishwasher to try and determine why there was a "haze" on all the items after it had finished its cycle. "She’s cleaning her dishes before she put them in?" he asked, to which the woman confirmed that she was. "That’s why it’s turning hazy, because that soap isn’t breaking down on the dirt and the grease," he explained. "All you wanna do is scrape those dishes. "Anything bigger than a piece of rice, you wanna scrape off." Despite the expert's admission in the video, people in the comments section weren't convinced by his explanation. "If...
    RISING energy costs are proving to be a struggle for all of us but there are a few ways to bring your electricity bill down. So-called vampire appliances suck energy even when turned off and they could be key to cutting hundreds of dollars in energy costs per year. 1So-called vampire appliances could be adding hundreds to your energy bill every yearCredit: Getty A Natural Resources Defense Council study in 2015 found that energy consumption from “inactive” appliances costs the average household about $165 annually. Meanwhile, the cost could be as high as $440 per household based on top-tier rates. The NRDC analyzed energy usage data from smart meters in 70,000 US homes and found an average of 65 vampire power loads. According to the Department of Energy, vampire appliances and electronics account for 10 percent of energy used in an average home. Read more on billsNOT SO GOLDEN Five resources to help pay bills in retirement worth up to $5,000LIGHTS OUT Urgent warning about power blackouts this summer as more states at risk By working out what your most...
    A CLEANING expert has revealed their unique way of getting their trainers sparkling white - by putting them in the dishwasher.  TikTok user @essentials_for_our_life shared a short video of how they clean their shoes under the title “shoe washing hack using your dishwasher.” 2A cleaning fan has revealed she washes her trainers in the dishwasherCredit: Getty In it, the account shows her hundreds of social media followers how she stacks her dishwasher with pairs of trainers that are in need of a good scrub in the same way you would load in plates and cutlery. After they’ve been on for the appropriate amount of time, the cleanfluencer simply takes them back out and leaves them to dry thoroughly. But in the meantime, she shows how well the quick and easy method has worked by zooming into the sparkling clean shoes on the floor.  She then asked her followers: “Would you try this cleaning hack? #tiktokclean #cleantiktok #dishwasherhack #dishwasherclean #shoecleaning #shoecleaninghack #howtocleanshoes.” Read More in CleaningWASH THIS SPACE I'm a cleaning pro & swear by my divide and conquer laundry method...
    IF you're looking to lower your household bills while living a more sustainable life but you're not sure where to start, there are some tips that will help. A laundry expert has come up with a few ways that you can be more green and save some green at the same time. 2Changing up your laundry habits can save you money and make you more sustainable in the processCredit: Getty Try out some of these tips to start out and then you can expand little by little until they eventually become a habit. BETTER AND USED APPLIANCES The easiest way to save money in the long run is to invest in better appliances. Choosing a reliable brand can help you avoid appliances that will break down over time, which will inevitably cost you money. But did you know that a used appliance might be a better option for you as well? More Cleaning HacksZIP ZAP I’m an appliance pro - the best thing for laundry static cling is in your kitchenT-RUSTY METHODS How to remove rust from your garden furniture...
    THERE'S a cheap and easy way to reduce static cling in your freshly-washed clothes – and you don't even need to buy dryer sheets. In fact, Patric's Richardson – known to fans at The Laundry Evangelist – says the best tool for zapping that electricity from clothes is already in your kitchen. 4There's a cheap and easy way to reduce static cling in your freshly-washed clothes – and you don't even need to buy dryer sheetCredit: Getty 4Patric's Richardson – known to fans at The Laundry Evangelist – recommends crumpling up a yard of aluminum foil and throwing it in the dryerCredit: YouTube/The Laundry Evangelist Richardson, who hosts The Laundry Guy on Discovery+, doesn't particularly like dryer sheets, which add a layer of fabric softener or lubricant to clothes and linens. But something is still needed to stop clothes from coming out of the dryer with zips and zaps of static electricity. Enter aluminum foil, which Richardson swears by to get the job done. "I don't like things that leave any sort of film on your clothes or leave anything...
    TEMPERATURES across the country are heating up and people are looking to cool down. Don't be too quick to turn down the thermostat, as energy bills are projected to be higher with inflation making its mark on every sector. 1Watch out what temperature you set your thermostat as it could cost you $100s The heating and cooling professionals at American Home Water & Air said it's not uncommon for electricity bills to triple for some homeowners during the summer months. In New York, the average monthly energy bill was $303 in 2021, according to WalletHub. Connecticut topped the list with average bills at $411. In Indiana, Duke Energy, who provides utilities to most in the state, approached the state's utility commission requesting a 16% increase in what it charges customers. Read more energy storiesENERGY SUCKERS The four ‘vampire appliances’ that are adding $165 to your energy billsSAY WATT Simple ceiling fan trick can save you $130 per month and energy this summer Air conditioners are expensive and zap loads of power. There are simple steps to take to reduce your...
    THE most frustrating part about doing laundry is dealing with a loudly shaking washing machine. If you've noticed that your washing machine has been violently shaking in the most obnoxious way, there’s a way you can solve the problem. 3Having a loud washing machine is a problem that can be solved with some simple tipsCredit: Getty A peaceful afternoon might be ruined if all you can hear is your washing machine making noises throughout the house. According to Tom’s Guide, there are a handful of handy hacks that can quiet your washing machine right up. Before you spend your money investing in a new brand washing machine (which can cost anywhere between $200 to $2,000 on average), it’s important to understand why your washing machine is shaking in the first place. Reasons for a loud washing machine The top culprit for an obnoxiously loud washing machine is uneven weight distribution. The second culprit for this issue is that your washer is off-balance based on its current position in your home. Read More About Home HacksDI-WOW I'm a DIY expert and...
    A BOILER breakdown can leave you hot and bothered, even after you suffer through ice-cold showers. Repairing or replacing your boiler can be expensive, so avoid the common missteps that could lead to a service bill in the thousands. 2Common mistakes can damage your boiler, leading to thousands in repair costsCredit: Getty 2Scheduling routine maintenance for your boiler is crucial, even in summerCredit: Getty The experts at Boiler Guide explained the mistakes that often lead to costly damages. Repairing a boiler costs around $400 on average, but if your boiler is more than eight years old, any damage could necessitate a replacement – which comes with a $2,000 price tag. Here's what you can do to treat your boiler right and avoid the cost and hassle. DON'T LEAVE THE HEAT OFF ALL SUMMER You may be tempted to leave your heat off all summer to cut costs, but you'll be risking a more expensive repair in the fall. "Turning a boiler off for a long period of time can cause parts to seize up," the pros at Boiler Guide...
    IF THERE'S one piece of kitchen equipment any home-cook needs it's an oven. But even if you're cooking skills are limited to frozen pizzas, knowing how to take care of your oven is vital. 2Keeping your oven clean is the key to it lasting longerCredit: Getty According to the pros a Suggest there are five things that most of us are forgetting to do when it comes to our ovens. The mistakes can not only cost a fortune to put right, but can be a real safety risk. Not cleaning range filters Maybe you didn't know that these filters were a thing, in which case it's definitely time to clean them. They can trap grease, smoke and nasty odours that you don't want sitting around in your kitchen. To get them looking brand new simply add them to a pot of boiling water for roughly 10 minutes, before adding 64g of baking soda and dish soap and leaving to soak. Then use a non-abrasive brush to scrub any remaining gunk to keep your kitchen smelling fresh and help prevent...
    THE internet is full of a lot of great household hacks, but you may want to avoid a viral dryer tip from a recent TikTok video  An appliance expert says the household chore advice that involves a sponge and fabric softener will actually stain your clothes even more. 2A washing machine expert is advising against a recent viral laundry hack, saying it will actually add stains to your clothesCredit: TIKTOK/ hopehansborough 2The tip entails dunking a sponge in fabric softener as a replacement for dryer sheetsCredit: TIKTOK/ hopehansborough In an Australian television news interview, Appliances Online expert Colin Jones debunked a number of recent viral TikTok hacks, including one that uses a sponge during the fabric softening step. The tip claims to offer a way for you to cut costs by skipping dryer sheets next time you’re in the laundry aisle.   It was included in a recent post by TikTok user @hopehansborough. According to the TikToker, you can just use a fabric softener-soaked sponge instead.  Read More NewsGREEN THUMB Easy to use $1.25 Dollar Tree item will keep your plants...
    PEOPLE typically have a go-to setting for getting their garments squeaky clean, letting a world of opportunity pass them by. Well, with one quick hit of a button, you can begin to explore all that your washing machine has to offer, but you might want to know what everything means first. 2The extra rinse setting is optimal for people with sensitive skinCredit: Getty 2It's often thought that the heavy duty setting is meant for bulkier items, but that isn't the caseCredit: Getty The folks down at PureWow keyed people in on what the different settings on your washing machine actually mean. PERMANENT PRESS The permanent press setting helps prevent wrinkling when washing your clothes. It works the most efficiently with clothes that are labeled permanent press. This setting works by using a slow spin cycle and warm water. The warm water loosens the wrinkles that were already there, while the slow spin works to keep new wrinkles from forming while your clothes dry. NORMAL WASH This is the most widely used setting. It's great for most basic items. Using hot...
    FEW household chores are as time- and labor-intensive as laundry, so it's tempting to do anything you can to get through the hassle ASAP. But one appliance expert warns that a specific setting on your washing machine can spell doom, to the tune of hundreds in repair or replacement costs. 2Appliance pro Luke Gammons warns against using a specific washing machine settingCredit: TikTok Luke Gammons, director of UK appliance store Wades, runs the store's TikTok account, where 24.5k followers view his appliance use and maintenance tips. In a recent video, Gammons explained the one setting on your washer that does much more harm than good. "Stop using your washing machine on the fast setting," Gammons said at the start of the video. He went on to explain that while the high-speed wash cycle might seem more efficient, there are a number of items that could be damaged – or cause damage – if washed at high speeds. READ MORE HOME TIPSEXPERT WARNING I’m an appliance repair pro – the feature you should never use on your ovenDirty laundry I'm a cleaning...
    MAINTAINING your oven is easy if you follow the instructions – but there's one popular feature that an appliance repair professional warns against using. In fact, the "convenient" feature could result in damage necessitating hundreds of dollars in repairs. 1Though it seems convenient, one feature on your oven can cause significant damageCredit: Getty Writing for Family Handyman, Scott Miller, aka Scott the Fix-It Guy, cautioned against using one feature that might have been a deciding factor when you purchased your oven. "In my more than 30 years as an appliance repair pro, the number one call I get for ovens is to make them work again after the caller used the self-cleaning feature," Miller wrote. Even though a self-cleaning oven is meant to make your life easier, in actuality, the feature can spell disaster. "Using the self-clean feature of your oven doesn’t guarantee an expensive repair," Miller added, "but, based on my experience, it’s probable." READ MORE HOME TIPSSWEET DREAMS I’m a cleaning pro - I keep my bedsheets pearly white using a $5 productUTENs-NO I’m a pro chef...
    WHEN cleaning up after a meal, you might not realize there's a proper method to load silverware into your dishwasher. But fret not, because two appliance experts revealed how to make sure your forks, spoons, and knives sparkle. 4Two appliance experts shared the best ways to load utensils into your dishwasherCredit: Getty 4Petrino said to point utensils down when loading them in your dishwasherCredit: Getty FOR CLEANLINESS Jessica Petrino, an appliance expert with AJ Madison, told marthastewart.com that the most hygienic way to load silverware in the dishwasher is to point them down with their handles sticking up. "This way you won't handle the part of your spoons and forks that will eventually go in someone's mouth," Petrino revealed. She also said that the more silverware you store in the holder, the more crowded it will become, so make sure you evenly spread out your utensils for even cleaning. FOR SAFETY Sharp knives can be a huge safety hazard when loading and unloading your dishwasher. Shimek, the president of Mr.Appliance, explained that you should make sure to put any...
    COOKS know that the kitchen can quickly become covered in grime and food specks after a meal. But while wiping down the counters might be an obvious move after cooking, you also shouldn't neglect your stovetop's vent hood. 3Just like your counters and appliances, your stovetop's vent hood should be cleaned regularlyCredit: Getty 3The interior of your vent hood is easy to clean by first removing the grates, then wiping down the fan bladesCredit: Getty Thanks to its prime location, your vent hood can easily become caked with grease, splatter, and grime, making it even trickier to clean if you put it off. According to the president of Mr. Appliance, Ron Shimek, your vent hood helps to remove excess heat and moisture and is, therefore, an important part of your kitchen. HOW OFTEN TO CLEAN But according to Shimek, how often you need to clean your vent hood really depends on how much you like to cook at home. He said: "If you are someone who cooks daily, it's best to clean your vent hood on...
    There was a time when my kitchen was packed full of one-trick appliances. There was the air fryer that never crisped potatoes quite right, the pizza oven that never fully cooked the dough, and the once-used ice cream maker that was nowhere near Häagen-Dazs quality. My attempts to be an innovative, DIY home chef never made it far, as my homemade fare never resembled restaurant-quality cuisine. Letting the experts do it for me was just fine, until a global pandemic forced me back into the kitchen. During the long months of 2020 and 2021, I became quite the home chef, making indulgent dishes I never would have attempted before, like tikka masala and cinnamon rolls, as well as more health-focused fare, like fruit smoothies and vegetable-forward entrées. Appliances that once sat collecting dust in my kitchen were suddenly all the more appealing to me now that I was a chef in the kitchen again. All this newfound culinary interest got me thinking about what else I could add to my appliance collection that would actually serve a meaningful purpose. I’ve...
    A group of organised mums have offered an inside look to their stylish homes, acting as inspiration for others wanting to redecorate.  Some stuck to a bright, luxurious theme featuring expensive products, while others opted for a warm and cosy option using budget buys.  The images were shared in a Facebook thread after a woman asked other mums to show off the 'most organised' space.  Organised Aussie mums have inspired hundreds of others by sharing images of their homes Melbourne interior designer Emma impressed hundreds with her classical-inspired kitchen with white cabinetry, golden handles, pastel pink kitchenware and luxe décor Melbourne interior designer Emma impressed hundreds with her classical-inspired kitchen with white cabinetry, golden handles, pastel pink kitchenware and luxe décor. An incredible dark ILVE Italian kitchen stovetop is positioned against between the white cabinets and the countertop is accompanied by a Smeg toaster, teapot and flowers in vases. The blue, white and pink colour scheme continues into the living room and bedrooms. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Is this the best Chemist Warehouse in...
    A TikToker has captured the attention of thousands after revealing how to clean the hidden filter in a microwave - a section many had no idea existed.  The US woman who runs the account '@mamasknowsbest' shared the now-viral video demonstrating where the filter can be found on her microwave and how to clean it.  While the filter on her appliance was up the top, the location changes depending on the model and is outlined in the instruction manual.   She said the kitchen appliance should be cleaned every six months, but many were unaware microwaves have built-in filters that require cleaning.    Scroll down for video The US woman who runs the account '@mamasknowsbest' shared the now-viral video demonstrating where the filter can be found and how to clean it 'This is your reminder to change your microwave charcoal filter,' the woman wrote in the video. 'You're supposed to change the filter every six months. So while I wait for my new one to come, I'm going to just clean this one.' The microwave was built into the cabinet above the oven and...
    A mum-of-two who's known for sharing her 'genius' cleaning tips with thousands online has revealed how to properly clean a toaster from the inside out. Carolina McCauley, from Perth, shared a video with her collective social media following of more than 1.5million people and asked: 'How often do you clean your toaster?' In the short clip, she demonstrated how to clean the household appliance using a scrubbing brush, damp toothbrush and microfibre cloth. Scroll down for video Carolina McCauley, from Perth, shared a video with her collective social media following of more than 1.5million people and asked: 'How often do you clean your toaster?' To remove all crumbs from the appliance, she shook the unplugged toaster upside down over the sink (right) Carolina first removed the toaster trays then gave each one a good clean using a bristled scrubbing brush and soapy water. To remove all crumbs from the appliance, she shook the unplugged toaster upside down over the sink. In order to clean the 'hard to reach places', Carolina used a damp toothbrush and cleaned inside the toaster.  To...
    Carolina McCauley is well-known for her handy housekeeping tips but even some of her most loyal fans claim the most recent video goes too far A house-proud mum has divided opinion after claiming people should be using their dishwashers to clean everything from toys to fruit and vegetables. Carolina McCauley is well-known for her handy housekeeping tips but even some of her most loyal fans claim the most recent video goes too far. In the video the Perth-based mum puts toys, cleaning sponges and vegetables in her dishwasher. 'They come out squeaky clean,' she revealed, showing off a shining piece of celery. But a dishwasher loaded with apples, carrots, zucchinis and kids' toys appeared to be a giant step too far for many. 'No ma’am. Love your page, but we not putting food in the dishwasher,' one woman said, attracting 724 likes. In the video the Perth-based mum puts toys, cleaning sponges and vegetables in her dishwasher She shows before and after pictures of the dirt on her vegetables in the video 'When people run out of content to post....
    CLEANING the oven is one of the most hated kitchen tasks so we’ve rounded up the best oven liners to make things a little easier. These handy sheets go on the bottom shelf of your appliance and protect it from drips and spills – all you need to do is wipe it clean after each use. Most oven liners are made from food grade, oven-safe silicone. The idea is that you place these on the bottom shelf of your oven to catch any drips or spills, whether you’re heating up a pizza or slow cooking a stew. The silicone is non-stick, which means that – unlike when food drops to the bottom of your oven and becomes a burnt-on sticky mess – anything that falls on the oven liner is easy to wash off, drastically reducing the time needed to clean your oven. It’s important that you place it on the bottom shelf of your oven rather than directly on the base as otherwise it can overheat and even start a fire (see below). What is the best oven...
    There are a lot of things you can cook in an air fryer. iStock Air fryers are able to fry food without using oil. To get the best results, it's important to know how to properly use an air fryer and how to avoid making mistakes that can easily ruin your food. Overcrowding the fryer basket, not flipping your proteins, and forgetting to properly clean your appliance are some of the most common air-fryer mistakes people make. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Air fryers are becoming an increasingly popular appliance found in millions of kitchens around the globe. This small device is likely popular because it has the ability to brown and crisp food without oil. Plus, this appliance can do more than just fry. It can also heat up and even cook a wide variety of foods. But to achieve perfectly browned fries or crispy chicken wings, you'll want to know how to properly use your air fryer. Here are some common mistakes you could be making when using your air...
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