Recent Posts in Household Tips Category

  • Coolest Lunchboxes

    September 13, 2016
    Lunchboxes were and have always been a staple at school lunches. You may remember in middle school, how “cool” someone seemed based on his or her vintage metal lunchbox. Lunchboxes are sort of like a time capsule, throwing everyone back to their younger years. However, recently, the style of lunchboxes has changed; they are now more modular and have the ability to pack a variety of items into one ...
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  • This Is the Worst Time for the Washer to Die

    September 1, 2016
    With sports starting back up and warmer, heavier outfits taking center stage, back-to-school time is when you rely on your washer and dryer the most. This would be the worst time for these appliances to break down! To ensure your washer and dryer keep running like normal, implement certain maintenance and troubleshooting tips. Then if needed, you can schedule washer and dryer repair with Mr. ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Easy After School Snacks

    August 23, 2016
    With back to school here, it is often helpful to have some quick snacks ready for lunchboxes and after school activities. Preparing meals at the beginning of the week can help when things get hectic. Here are a few healthy after school snacks that your family is sure to love. We found these great ideas on Pinterest. Chocolate Banana Pops These are a great treat to prepare at the beginning of the ...
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  • Keep Everyone Healthy at School

    August 16, 2016
    It’s hard to believe summer is already over. Now that the kids are headed back school, they’ll come in contact with germs and contagious bugs from their fellow classmates. You can’t control what happens at school, but you can maintain a clean kitchen to help prevent your family from getting sick this school year. Follow these kitchen cleaning tips for a healthier home. Wash Up Every family member ...
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  • 8 Reasons Why You Should Talk to Your Children about Entering the Trades

    July 27, 2016
    Do you have teenagers trying desperately to figure out what they want to do… for the rest of their life? Not surprising it’s not an easy decision. With so many options to choose from it can be overwhelming to begin even considering different fields. The trades are becoming a good choice to make for everyone, but especially for females who have previously shied away from such types of jobs. The ...
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  • What is the Lifespan of your Refrigerator?

    July 21, 2016
    Have you owned your refrigerator for a few years? Are you unsure how much longer you can expect it to last? Learn the typical refrigerator lifespan so you can plan ahead when the time for appliance replacement looms near. You can even adopt tips to help your refrigerator provide efficient service for as long as possible. How Long Does a Refrigerator Last? According to the 23rd annual portrait of ...
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  • Preventing Bad Odors in the Fridge

    July 12, 2016
    Have you ever opened your refrigerator door only to be assaulted by a stinky waft of refrigerated air? The cool temperature does little to temper the odor, and you’re forced to hold your nose as you dig around for the source of the stench. Maybe old leftover fish, ground beef or forgotten salad has been hiding in the back corner for a few weeks – or even longer. Even once you dispose of the moldy, ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Refrigerator Meals

    June 21, 2016
    We all have busy lives, and sometimes cooking big, healthy meals isn’t high on our priority list. Thankfully, your refrigerator can be a great resource when it comes to preparing meals and snacks for the week. Breakfast Prep Ahead: Breakfast Bowls We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most people don’t have time during busy mornings to cook a hearty breakfast. However, you ...
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  • 4 Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens

    June 7, 2016
    Summer is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about the barbecues and backyard parties you will be hosting this season. Here are four beautiful outdoor kitchens to give you inspiration for your own outdoor kitchen. 1. The Patio Kitchen This beautiful outdoor kitchen sits on the patio against the home’s back wall. The stone on the kitchen walls looks elegant next to the house. It is small yet ...
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  • Summer Grill Showdown: Gas Versus Charcoal

    May 31, 2016
    If you love grilling, you may be familiar with the great gas vs. charcoal debate. Perhaps your best friend prefers one while your father-in-law swears by the other. Every passionate griller has their preference, so if you’re still on the fence, approach the issue as objectively as possible to help you choose the right grill for you. Gas Grill Owners of gas grills love the primal pleasure of ...
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  • Clean Laundry Jokes

    May 17, 2016
    Like doing the dishes, laundry is one of those household chores with which you’re never truly done! In honor of National Humor Month , we decided to gather up some of the best laundry-related jokes to make the chore a bit less of a bore. Go ahead and procrastinate folding your clothes by reading some of our clean jokes. 1.Q: How much fun is washing your clothes? A: Loads. 2.Q: What happened to the ...
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  • Recycle your Laundry Detergent Bottle

    April 27, 2016
    Recycling newspapers, aluminum cans and glass has become part of the everyday routine and lifestyles for many homes and businesses. Most detergent and fabric softener bottles even have a layer of recycled plastic in them. Yet, there is still a lot more that we can do. According to dosomething.org , the average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per ...
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  • Dryer Sheets Versus Fabric Softener

    April 8, 2016
    Which Is Better? Okay, so we all know that using dryer sheets or fabric softener will make your clothes smell fresh and help reduce wrinkles. But, when faced with the choice on the grocery store laundry aisle, which do you pick? We interviewed a mom we know, and did a little online research to get to the bottom of the fresh-laundry face-off. Fabric Softener: Benefits We interviewed a mom we know, ...
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  • Proper Dryer Cleaning & Fire Prevention

    March 21, 2016
    by: Steve Bowles, Mr. Appliance Franchise Consultant This blog was contributed by one of our franchise consultants and dryer vent cleaning experts, Steve Bowles. Clothes dryer vent fires are a real risk to home safety and proper inspection and maintenance of your dryer is a necessity. According to recent news reports citing the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are ...
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  • Green with (Kitchen) Envy

    March 17, 2016
    The kitchen is the center of the home. It is the room in which family and friends congregate, and the room where you teach your children to cook. As the kitchen is generally a high traffic area, we want it to be modern and warm. These beautiful kitchen styles are timeless in their elegance and inviting in their character. White on White on Grey Bright, uplifting kitchens are on trend right now. ...
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  • 5 Tips for an Efficient Refrigerator

    March 11, 2016
    When you purchase a refrigerator, you expect it to work well and run efficiently for many years to come. However, for your fridge to meet these expectations, you must not neglect it. Proper refrigerator maintenance and operating tips can help this appliance run smoothly and last longer. Here’s what you need to do. Clean the Condenser Coils Your food stays cold because condenser coils remove heat ...
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  • Little Known Laundry Room Facts

    March 1, 2016
    While the average American family does 8-10 loads of laundry a week, most people don’t know how the appliances in their laundry room actually work. When you become more familiar with the appliances upon which you heavily rely, you can make them last longer with the ability to better detect needed repairs. See below for insight into how your equipment works and common problems you might encounter. ...
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  • Warning Signs for Appliances

    February 25, 2016
    As you go about your day, you rely on home appliances more than you probably realize. Only when something goes wrong do you appreciate how dependent you are on your refrigerator, washer and dryer, hot water heater, dishwasher, and oven. Learn how to tell if you should schedule appliance repair and when to opt for a replacement instead. Signs Your Appliances Need Attention The appliance won’t turn ...
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  • Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

    February 12, 2016
    Winter is among us and so is the biting weather. Don’t let the cold catch you off guard; prepare for the frigid forecasts with these easy-to-follow household tips. Give your home some tender, loving care as we enter the Valentine’s Day weekend, and you won’t regret it when the thermometer dips! Turn Your Ceiling Fan Clockwise Use your ceiling fan around the clock by reversing it to run clockwise ...
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  • Dishwasher Loading Tricks

    November 3, 2015
    Ever wish you could squeeze just a few more pieces into your dishwasher? Who wants to load and unload more times than absolutely necessary? Your friends at Mr. Appliance have developed a few tricks and tips that can you save time and money. Start Clean If your dishwasher has not been cleaned recently, it won’t run efficiently. Get a fresh start by running it through the rinse cycle while empty. ...
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  • Cleaning Hacks for the pantry

    October 19, 2015
    If you’re tired of cleaning your home with chemicals, it’s time to try a more natural approach. You don’t need to go out and buy weird ingredients to clean without chemicals; in fact, the top three cleaners are probably already hiding in your fridge or pantry. Here are your kitchen’s top cleaning hacks using lemons, vinegar and baking soda. Cleaning with Lemons Freshen the fridge: Find the culprit ...
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  • Kitchen Safety

    October 4, 2015
    We all have that family favorite go-to meal that we can make blindfolded with one armed tied behind our back. You know the dish…the one that elicits accolades and praise from the family and sends you into a temporary “I could be the next Rachael Ray” euphoria. But it’s in these exact moments when we trust our culinary know-how and we maybe get a little careless in the kitchen. Think about it. You ...
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  • Freezing Foods 101

    September 14, 2015
    Some of life’s most thought provoking and deeply philosophical questions are: Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place? What is true happiness? What is the difference between living and being alive? And the question that is undeniably the most scratch-your-head perplexing of all…what foods can be put in the freezer? It seems logical that freezing food is the best way ...
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  • Cook Now...Freeze Later

    August 24, 2015
    Don’t you just love coming home after a long, hard day at work and spending hours in the kitchen preparing supper for the family? Of course you don’t. But it’s a reality for a lot of folks. No rest for the weary, right? So, to make things easier we often either call in a to-go order or make a pit stop in the drive-thru lane. Definitely easier and more convenient, but is it worth it in the long ...
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  • Grilling Do's and Don'ts

    July 28, 2015
    Don’t you just love spending your summer evenings sitting on the patio, sipping your favorite summertime beverage and enjoying a meal hot off the grill? The entire atmosphere of good friends and good food bolsters a kumbaya-esque kinship for the whole evening. But what if the chicken catches on fire and the hamburger patties are char-grilled into an unrecognizable blob? And all’s fine and dandy ...
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  • Grill Maintenance Tips

    July 7, 2015
    With regular grill maintenance, you can make sure that your next party on the patio will be a fun and safe summertime memory for all.
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  • Getting Rid of Static Cling

    June 23, 2015
    Static cling is kind of like that annoying fly that stalks you, taunts you, mocks you and literally dive bombs your head every second you turn around. The more you swat at it and mess with it, the more determined it is to bug the fire out of you until you finally surrender in exasperated exhaustion. So, maybe that’s somewhat of an ever-so-slight exaggeration; but nonetheless, static cling can be a ...
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  • The Perfect Picnic

    June 19, 2015
    Break out the wicker baskets and Tupperware – it’s summer time and that means it’s picnic time! There’s absolutely no reason why you should go home and eat the same ol’ meal inside at same ol’ boring table when you can have a fun meal outside on a blanket. Right? Right. A spontaneously planned picnic may be just what you need. And we at Mr. Appliance have got you covered with a few handy-dandy ...
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  • Keeping Towels Fluffy, Soft and Absorbent

    June 1, 2015
    That fluffy, fresh-from-the-store feel on towels is incredible. But it only takes a couple of months before those perfectly, fluffy towels begin to loose their youthful spark and become less soft and absorbent. No one wants to buy new towels whenever time begins to wear them down. Here are a few tricks you can use to get your towels looking and feeling like new. 1. Vinegar and baking soda always ...
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  • 4 Spring Cleaning Spots you Forget to Clean

    May 27, 2015
    by Maddie Ogletree Spring cleaning is definitely not my favorite time of year. In fact, spring cleaning often turns into “summer cleaning” as the warm weather becomes the norm. Still, at some point I muster up the courage to tackle my apartment, and make my way to the kitchen. After covering the basics, cleaning the counters, organizing the fridge, etc., I always find myself overlooking a lot of ...
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  • Easy Steps to Kitchen Cabinet Organization

    April 14, 2015
    By: Emilie Sims As I opened the cabinet door, what seemed like hundreds of Tupperware® containers came crashing to the floor (and that wasn’t the first time it had happened). In that unfortunate moment, I chided myself and then found myself wishing I had taken the time to simply organize my cabinet, in order to prevent such catastrophes from transpiring in my kitchen. If this is something you’ve ...
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  • Have Fun While Doing Laundry

    March 19, 2015
    Woohoo! It’s laundry day. Aren’t you just beside yourself with excitement and anticipation? You get to spend the entire day surrounded by burped-on baby clothes, smelly athletic wear and a myriad of mystery stains and smells that have yet to be classified. But it’s fun. Laundry is fun! You’re probably sitting there shaking your head and thinking that laundry fun ranks right up there with the other ...
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  • Vinegar: Your Kitchen's Best Friend

    March 6, 2015
    By Endia Turney I have a confession. Sometimes I neglect my appliances or use harsh products on them because they won’t get as clean as I want them to. Well, I did. I don’t anymore. I used to always see my mom doing her spring cleaning and slaving over the kitchen appliances, trying her very best to get them as clean as possible. From then on, this thing they call spring cleaning was on my ...
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  • 3 Easy Steps to a Clean Fridge

    February 24, 2015
    By Emile Sims Spring is just around the corner. And the start of a new season means it’s time to start afresh, clean and get organized! If your family is anything like mine, your kitchen is far from clean (the refrigerator in particular). Especially if you have young boys living in your house, odds are that your refrigerator will suffer more spills than you’d like to admit. You’ll know it’s time ...
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  • Roses are Red. Grass Stains are Green.

    February 24, 2015
    "Roses are red and grass stains are green. To knock out stains, you just gotta get mean!" Grass stains on white baseball pants….tomato sauce on a new pink shirt…ink blob on favorite khakis…grrrrrr. It’s common knowledge that clothes with spills and stains are automatically tossed in the trash or are recycled into cleaning rags, right? N to the O. No way. You can absolutely knock those stains out ...
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  • Decoding Laundry Labels

    February 13, 2015
    Decipher those crazy laundry labels with this easy-to-read guide.
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  • Keeping Your Whites White

    January 24, 2015
    You know the rule…no wearing white after Labor Day. But let’s get real. Who really follows that rule these days anyway? Bustle.com has an interesting listing of the 5 times you shouldn’t wear white: Weddings Funerals Hot Dog Eating Contests Ice Bucket Challenges Apple Picking There’s no mention at all about post-Labor Day wardrobe choices. When asked about the wearing white after Labor Day rules, ...
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  • Be a Laundry Ninja

    August 26, 2014
    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a fascinating group, wouldn’t you say? Their home is below ground in the New York sewer – certainly nothing impressive about that. But just in the nick of time, they always seem to show up ready and willing to battle criminals, overlords and aliens. They simply appear out of nowhere, get the job done and then disappear again. Wouldn’t it be nice to be a laundry ...
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  • 5 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

    August 14, 2014
    Do you ever have those mornings when everything that could possibly go wrong…does? You hit the snooze button one too many times, so you’re rushed from the get-go. Coffee takes too long to brew, and you have to leave without your beloved cup-o-joe. In a frazzled rush, you spill your lunch all over the kitchen counter. You grab the closest thing in your closet and walk out of the house in an ...
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  • Outdoor Entertaining Mistakes: How to Avoid Them

    July 29, 2014
    Summer’s here and it’s time for outside get togethers with friends and family. Planning an event can be hard, but take our advice to avoid outdoor entertaining mistakes. You certainly don’t want to sacrifice your summertime outdoor lifestyle because of a few preventable mishaps. Watch your weather forecast and be careful to not have your event at the hottest time of the day. Plan for rain, whether ...
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  • How You Could Win Food Fighters with the Right Appliances

    July 29, 2014
    July 22nd is the series premiere of NBC’s Food Fighters. Doesn’t the mere name bring back memories of a good ol’, down-and-dirty cafeteria food fight where hotdogs are launched as missiles and pudding cups are used as booby traps to lure innocent victims to their demise? While watching a food-tossing food fight on TV may be captivating to some, Food Fighters is actually a legit competition between ...
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  • Feeding a Large Family on a Shoestring Budget

    May 23, 2014
    “♫♪ Here’s the story of a lovely lady. Who was bringing up three very lovely girls. All of them had hair of gold…♪♫” Yes Mrs. Brady was bringing up three lovely girls, and also three sons, but she had help! What would she have done without the assistance of Alice, the trustworthy housekeeper, who handled not only the cleaning, but also cooked all the meals. Ann B. Davis played Alice not only in ...
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  • A Fresh Look at Frozen Food

    March 29, 2014
    The recent social trend of “Super Moms” has women feeling like they have to do it all: work, cook, clean, raise kids and appear calm and collected all the while. The “Super Moms” at Mr. Appliance have a secret weapon for keeping all of the balls in the air and maintaining your family’s healthy lifestyle: the freezer, and frozen meals in particular. In recognition of Frozen Food month, Mr. ...
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  • Dryer Vent Cleaning Tips

    March 24, 2014
    Did you know dirty dryer vents cause 15,000 home fires a year? That adds up to a collective $201 million in damages! According to recent studies, nearly 92 percent of all laundry room fires can be traced back to either a dirty dryer or a dirty dryer vent system. Either way, it’s kindling simply waiting for a spark. And that’s all it takes – just one small spark can ignite lint buildup. Once ...
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  • Love Your Kitchen

    April 29, 2013
    Take time to love your appliances and they will love you back. Follow these steps from Mr. Appliance® to cook up some romance, instead of frustration with inefficient appliances. Give Your Oven Some Lovin’ Don’t run the self-cleaning cycle within one week of a big dinner - ovens have a tendency to fail during or right after a self-cleaning cycle. Clean the reflector bowls under the burners to help ...
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  • Laundry Love

    April 29, 2013
    Live, Laugh, Wash, Repeat If your family is like most families, your laundry room is one of the busiest rooms in the house. Large and small families are constantly over-working their washer and dryer, especially during the school year. The harder your washer and dryer have to work, the more money and energy you waste. When washing clothes you should use the high-speed spin cycle, which takes more ...
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  • Take it from the experts: 7 Tips for Success

    April 29, 2013
    We can all use an extra bit of motivation now and then to remind us how to achieve greatness. Enjoy seven tips from people listed among the top 50 Successful Americans according to Success magazine. Warren Buffett: “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” The cliche “bad company corrupts good ...
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  • End the Frustration of Unloading Dirty Dishes: 5 Tips to Help Your Dishwasher Do its Best Work.

    April 29, 2013
    Do you have to wash your dishes more than once to get them clean? If so, your dishwasher may be slacking on its job, and there could be many possible reasons. Whether your old dishwasher just doesn’t clean like it used to, or you have a new dishwasher that doesn’t seem to have the cleaning power of your old one, you can increase the effectiveness of your dishwasher with these tips: Use appropriate ...
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  • Reduce. Reuse. Upcycle.

    April 29, 2013
    Break free of the circle and follow the arrows to sustainable cleaning. Save money and fresh air this season by spring cleaning your household with products you can find behind milk cartons and spaghetti boxes. No need to make a special trip to the store, discover cleaning goods within your home that can transform your kitchen from the winter blues to the bright white of spring. Instead of ...
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