Appliances - Hints and Tips

To clean your blender in a jiffy, partly fill the container with the solution of warm water and liquid soap, secure the lid and run the motor for a few seconds. Drain the container, rinse it thoroughly, and set aside to dry thoroughly.
Avoid long, uninterrupted use of your blender. It's not meant to be run continuously for more than 2 or 3 times minutes at a stretch. Such misuse can over heat the motor and possibly cause a breakdown.

Put the utensils with handles down in the dishwasher's baskets for most effective cleaning. To save time putting them back to the drawers, separate knives, forks, and spoons in the baskets.
Keep the mixing bowl from slipping on the countertop when using a handheld mixer by putting a rubberized mat or a damp cloth under it.
Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of your processor's bowl before you put on the lid. After processing, you'll be pleased to discover that the usually splatter-splashed lid has stayed spotless.
Grind a half lemon, orange, or other citrus fruit in your garbage disposer to remove bad smells. A cup of vinegar also does a good job.
Dispel offensive odors from your microwave by placing a thick slice of lemon on a paper towel and micro waving it on high for about a minute and a half . Leave the lemon wedge in the oven overnight.
Save energy with an electric stove by turning off the heat before food is completely done. The elements take few minutes to cool down, so food will continue to cook.
Empty the bag of your vacuum cleaner often. Vacuums can't work efficiently if your bag is full. Even half full bag saps up to 40 percent of the machine's cleaning power.
Save wear and tear on your vacuum cleaner by picking up coins, paper clips, staples, hairpins, and other heavy or sharp objects by hand as you sweep. Sucking them into vacuum cleaner can damage the fan.
Be on safe side. Never store any flammable items, such as, household cleanser, solvents, paint and paint supplies, old rags, near a gas water heater.