Category Archives: Appliance Maintenance Care

The Ultimate DIY Oven Cleaner

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Cleaning your oven is undoubtedly the worst household chore. To help make this chore a little less dreadful for you, I am going to tell you about the best oven cleaner around. Baking Soda and vinegar are the two main ingredients involved in the DIY method. These will combat grease and dirt found in your oven. After not getting great results from on the shelf products I had no choice but to try this, and it worked!

Method:

  1. Set aside all trays and racks.
  2. In a small bowl you are going to create a paste. Start this by mixing a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Roughly around 3 or 4 just until you get a thick enough consistency.
  3. Next, spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, you must steer clear of the heating elements. Gloves are often essential for this job so you can get into the nooks and crannies. Try to coat the whole of the oven especially in the greasiest areas.
  4. Let the baking soda mixture to rest overnight or for a minimum of 12 hours.
  5. Meanwhile, you can clean your oven racks.
  6. 12 hours later, take a damp cloth and wipe out the dried baking soda paste. Use a plastic or silicone spatula if you need help scraping off the paste.
  7. Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz where you can see baking soda residue. The vinegar is used because it reacts with the baking soda and it will gently foam.
  8. One last wipe down, using your damp cloth wipe the remaining foamy mixture. You may want to repeat until all the baking soda residue is gone. Add more water or vinegar to your cloth as needed while wiping to really get the oven clean and shiny.
  9. Place oven racks back and you are finished!

 

How To Get Rid Of Washing Machine Odour

This Blog post focuses on the importance of using maintenance washes on the hottest program and how you can get rid of musty and moldy bad smells. It will also give you more information on how the problems can arise and how you can prevent them.

Beginning with the use of products, products that claim to freshen up your washing and get rid of odors only work when you are using the product on a particularly clean washer or dishwasher, they tend not to kill the bad smell of a really badly smelling appliance. If your washing  machine is seriously smelly, has black mold and greasy gunge you may want to try some of these solutions.

Try carrying out one or more maintenance washes
Because of the price of hot water most people have stopped doing hot washes. This however, isn’t the best thing for your washing machine because hot water helps kill bacteria and cut down grease. The first wash you should try is a boil wash cycle on the temperatures 90° or 95°. With this wash place detergent inside but no laundry. You may have to try this more than once.

You could also try using soda crystals which eliminate grease by dissolving it. Try putting half a packet inside the drum and put it on a boil wash.

For those who use low temperatures and (or) liquid detergents it is important to try to find a detergent that has bleaching agents in them. Look for “bleaching agents” in the ingredients section. Do not put chemical cleaning bleach in your machine, oxygen bleach however can be used in your washing machine.

Use Vinegar to eliminate odours
It’s worth trying White distilled Vinegar to get rid of odours. The method to follow is: place half a cup of white vinegar inside an empty machine and put it on a boil wash programme. As the first bit of water goes into the sump hose and is sealed off, we recommend that you wait for about 15 seconds before pouring the vinegar into the soap drawer where water is running in to let it wash down into the machine.

What causes washing machine smells,  grease, slime and black mould?
The machine collects dirt, soap, grease and bits of fabric that can get trapped under the gasket, in the drum or block the pressure system creating a breeding ground for nasty smells. To prevent this happening you must follow the above methods.

 

Common Dishwasher Issues & Solutions

Here are some helpful solutions for the most common dishwasher problems.thumbnail_20140501090938_81354

Dishes still wet when they come out of the dishwasher

  • Make sure you load the dishes and crockery in the correct way so that the water can run off them freely.
  • Use a rinse aid such as Finish Jet Dry® to the rinse aid dispenser to get dryer dishes. Recommended #1 by dishwasher brands worldwide.
  • If this doesn’t work it could possibly mean that there is a faulty heating element. You would need to call an engineer. Call Premier Electrics on 0800 592107.

General poor cleaning from your dishwasher

  • Try to avoid using low quality detergent and detergent that is old or damp.
  • Put the right dose of detergent as recommended.
  • Allow the water to circulate by loading your dishes properly.
  • It could be a build-up of limescale and grease which is effecting the cleaning, try a dishwasher cleaner to see if it improves your washes.

Food around filter

  • Remove the filter and clean it.
  • Scrape all food off your dishes/plates before loading them.
  • Use the normal and auto wash cycle.

Cloudy glassware

  • glasswareFor people in hard water areas, get a hard water detergent booster to avoid limescale.
  • If your glasses have white streaks on them it could mean surface corrosion.
  • Avoid this by using low temperature.

Faded patterns on plates

  • Use a detergent with an anti-corrosion protector in.
  • Run low temperature cycles, or if it says it is not dishwasher safe wash items by hand.

Detergent residues at end of cycle

  • Check door of dosing chamber is not blocked by bulky dishes or large utensils.
  • A damp dosing chamber can cause tablets and powder to stick.

Spots, drops marks, and smears on glasses

  • Correctly load dishes to enable water runs off freely.
  • Regularly add a high quality rinse aid dispenser.
  • If you can Determine your local water hardness the you can adjust the machine setting.

Foaming machine

  • Could be due to traces of washing up liquid on dishes. Pre-washing is not necessary.
  • Rinse aid spilled during refilling, or rinse aid chamber could be leaking.
  • A lot of protein-based food left on dishes such as egg and milk.

Orange staining on plastics

  • Possibly caused by red coloured sauce in the wash such as spaghetti sauce.
  • Make sure to Scrape all food before loading.
  • Bleach back to original color by placing in strong sunlight.

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  • There’s a possibility the drain hose is kinked meaning the water cannot run properly into the machine. Make sure that a portion of the drain hose is at least 0.5m above the dishwasher’s enclosure floor.
  • Avoid the filter system clogging by cleaning regularly (e.g once a week).
  • The kitchen sink drain could be blocked and it may be a good idea to ask a plumbing service to remove the blockage for you.

Odour

  • Food that is stuck in the build up or if there is a dirty filter often creates an odor.
  • Try using a high quality dishwasher cleaner.