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Malkie Schulman

Dishwasher on the fritz again? Can’t seem to keep your carpets clean? A range of professionals and experienced homemakers are happy to share their secrets. We’ve culled the best of their tips — from practical to zany — to help you extend the life of your appliances, clothing, and more.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In the Kitchen

Your Dishwasher

“If you want appliances to last longer,” says Dean Jenkins, a repairman for General Electric, “keep them clean.” He recommends scraping off all food from dishes before loading the dishwasher. Likewise, remove the metal wick holder from the bottom of your glass candleholders if you wash them in the dishwasher. Also, run the water until it’s hot before turning it on.

Like all appliances, adds Tova, the dishwasher should be used at least a couple times a month (usually not a problem in a busy frum household).


Your Refrigerator

To ensure proper cooling, Mr. Jenkins strongly recommends cleaning the condenser — the coils on the bottom of the refrigerator — every six months to a year.

Assistant manager for many years at Centerof Town, a housewares store in Lakewood, New Jersey, Sora Tova Konovitch recommends buying appliances that perform only one task. “The more a machine can multitask, the less efficient it is. If you want a juicer, get a juicer, not a juicer-food processor and dough-maker. In my home, we even have a separate refrigerator and freezer. I find that, for example, milk that would have lasted only five days in my old combination fridge-freezer can now stay fresh for ten in the refrigerator.”

“The only machine I have found that performs all functions well,” Mrs. Konovitch claims, “is a copier-printer-fax-machine.”

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