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Self-Cleaning Oven: Causing More Harm Than It Should

Self-Cleaning Oven: Causing More Harm Than It Should

A self-cleaning oven uses temperatures as high as 900 degrees Fahrenheit to burn away any spilled food. A self-cleaning oven sounds like a dream come true but is it more of a hassle than it is a convenience? A self-cleaning ovens biggest plus is the convenience. You can relax and do other chores around the house while the oven cleans itself. Even though the oven reaches high temperatures, the thick insulation keeps the heat inside during the cleaning process, meaning the amount of energy used is reduced. Another advantage of a self-cleaning oven is you no longer need to buy expensive toxic oven cleaners. Using oven cleaners can leave a residue and when the oven is heated these fumes are released. Of course, you also have your cons to a self-cleaning oven. Self-cleaning ovens can be very dangerous because the oven is left on an extended period and become hot to touch to children, pets, and adults. If you fail to remove heavy food debris before running the cycle, excessive smoke may fill your kitchen. The self-cleaning oven also may cause mechanical failures. In new ovens you may find hidden heating elements underneath the oven floor and above the ceiling. These hidden heating elements makes it more difficult to vent heat and keep air circulating. With self-cleaning ovens getting as hot as they do it can lead to fuses popping and a burnt out control panel. Self-cleaning ovens have a special gasket that fits around the door of the oven. After multiple uses of the self-cleaning feature, the gasket may break. When the gasket fails, it fills your kitchen with noxious fumes that are released from the oven...
The “weekly affliction” – Laundry back in the day!

The “weekly affliction” – Laundry back in the day!

Did you know prior to the 1900s, washing was only done every few months… In today’s modern era, doing laundry is surely a chore, but it is really quite routine. After all, you simply start the machine, add detergent, and insert your clothes. Voila- that’s the clothes washing process in a nutshell. It’s overall pretty simple and streamlined, right? It wasn’t always this easy, though. Before the advent of the mechanized washing machine in the early 1900s, doing the laundry was so much a chore that washing the family laundry was often referred to as the “weekly affliction.” In fact, prior to the 1900s, washing was only done every few months in order to spare fragile materials and put of the arduous task of cleaning clothing! What exactly was so laborious about doing laundry in the 1900s? Well, the process itself was clunky, not to mention incredibly time consuming. Here’s how it went: Laundry began with a wash boiler in which soapy water was heated over a wood-burning stove or open fire. Dirty clothes were added and stirred, using a wooden wash stick known as a “peggy-stick.” Think of the peggy-stick as a sort of hand-powered agitator, swishing the clothes and loosening dirt along the way. Talk about using elbow grease! Next came the wooden wash board with a corrugated zinc surface, perfect for rubbing dirty clothes against. This is how clothing was scrubbed clean of dirt and stains. After the tough and arduous work of scrubbing clothes clean, they were inserted into a crank-operated handwringer to squeeze out excess water. Then clothes went onto a drying rack or if the weather was nice, onto a line for drying. Instead of a simple 40-minute wash cycle in a mechanized washing machine, this process took hours of intense and dirty manual labor. Even when the laundry itself had been washed, the washtubs and wringer then needed to be cleaned. The work was never ending. Fast-forward to today, and it is clear to see how far we have come when it comes to automatizing the laundry process. Today’s washers and dryers are incredibly fine tuned and efficient, taking the toil and trouble out of washing the family laundry. In order to save yourself the trouble of hand washing and drying in the manner of the early 1900s, it is important to keep your clothes washer and dryer in good working order....
Front Load Washing Machine Cleaning Instructions

Front Load Washing Machine Cleaning Instructions

Front load washing machine care. Using the correct amount of detergent will help prolong the washing machine appliance and will also keep it from smelling fowl.  With the HE detergents out in the market today, you will only need to use 1 – 2 tablespoons of the detergent for each wash.  Determining the correct amount for you will depend on the water hardness entering the machine. With hard water you would use more detergent. Using the correct amount of detergent will help keep excess soap from building up inside the washing machine. This soap will deteriorate the machine and promote mold growth within the unit. Washing your last load of laundry for the day with a hot wash, preferably whites, use hot water for the wash cycle. The hot water helps break down excess soap in the washing machine and flushes out when drained. Another usage for using a hot water wash cycle last helps break down the bacteria left from the previous washes. When all clothes have been washed, it is recommended you leave the front door open for at least 2 hours to dry the door bellow (gasket). This helps prolong the door bellow and keeping it from mold and mildew. Using a washing machine cleaner like Affresh once a month will help keep your washer clean. Also, refer to your washer’s owner’s manual for recommended care and...