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Household appliances can make life easier – but they can also break the bank! We spoke with Dan Wroclawski from Consumer Reports to learn how to make expensive appliances last longer. Read on for four cleaning hacks you can use to save big money on household machines!
First on our list are dishwashers, which have filters you should clean periodically. "Dishwashers used to use something called a macerator to grind up all of that food gunk that would collect at the bottom of the dishwasher,” explains Dan. “But to make dishwashers quieter, they got rid of that and instead put in these filters." Simply pull out the bottom rack, unscrew and remove the filter. All you need to do is wipe it out and rinse it off. "And the last thing you want to do is wipe down the door gasket, which can get food build up and odors,” adds Dan.
Next up is the appliance you hope will suck: vacuums! "With any vacuum you wanna be careful in terms of what you're vacuuming up,” warns Dan. So start by not running over the cord – and be sure not to pick up any large or sharp objects either. "You also wanna make sure you don't overfill them whether it's a bagged vacuum or bagless,” says Dan. And if you have a HEPA filter, that also needs to be cleaned regularly to cut down on allergens.
3. Washer & Dryer
Now let’s talk about washers and dryers. "You do not want to overstuff your washing machine, as tempting as it may be,” insists Dan. You may think you're cutting down on the number of wash cycles, but overstuffing the machine won't clean your stuff as well. Also, be sure to clean the dryer's lint filter after each cycle, and occasionally disconnect the dryer vent to make sure it's clear of debris. "Because you could have a buildup, and those buildups are very dangerous,” Dan continues. “They are a fire hazard." And if you use dryer sheets, clean the moisture sensor strips inside the dryer with rubbing alcohol every once in a while. "A film can build up on those sensors, and they won't detect moisture as well as it normally would,” shares Dan.
Last on our list is your fridge! The major threat to a refrigerator is clogged cooling coils. If the coils get clogged, the air can't get through them and the compressor fails. Most refrigerators have a five-year warranty. Your fridge might wear out in five years, but it’s less likely if at least once a year you take your vacuum cleaner and clean out the coils. You can do so by placing a paper towel tube over the vacuum attachment to get into the hard-to-reach places. This simple step could help you hold off on spending $1,500 to $2,500 on a new fridge!
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