Archive for the ‘Appliance Cleaners’ Category

Rid your dishwasher of smelly odors

December 23, 2009

New Affresh™ Dishwasher Cleaner is your once-a-month solution for

Affresh™ Dishwasher Cleaner, new once-a-month solution for Dishwasher Odor

Affresh™ Dishwasher Cleaner, new once-a-month solution for Dishwasher Odor

smelly Dishwasher Odors.

Simply add an Affresh tablet to your dishwasher and Affresh will penetrate and dissolve any foul odors from your dishwasher, leaving your dishwasher smelling fresh for up to a month. Each package contains 6 tablets and is recommended by such notable dishwasher makers as Amana, KitchenAid, Maytag, and Whirlpool.

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Maytag Dishwasher no longer cleaning very well

November 5, 2009

Dishwasher Repair Question: My Maytag Dishwasher, model number MDBD880AWB is going on about 6-yrs of age, and it now fails to do a thorough cleaning of dishes and glasses. The unit will run through the wash cycle just fine, but will not clean. At first, I thought that it might be the orifices in the spray arm, and I cleared each one of them with a tooth pick. Still not cleaning. What else could be wrong?

Answer: One of the first things I check on any dishwasher with a complaint of clean-ability is water softness.

If you do not have soft water then your dishwasher soap will not work properly. The hard water build up also does not do the water pump and other parts of the dishwasher any good. You might want to try a Dishwasher Cleaner that removes mineral build-up, rust and calcium deposits to see if that improves your dishwasher’s cleaning ability.

Even if you have a water softener it may not be working correctly or you may simply be running out of soft water before you run the dishwasher.

There are test strips you can by to test your water softness.

If after checking your water softness and your dishwasher is still not cleaning properly, here are some other factors to consider:

Loading: Loading is very important to a good cleaning. Load so that you don’t block any sprayer arms, and distribute the dishes so that they all get sprayed by the wash water.

Water temperature: The temperature should be at least 49C, and up to about 65C. Most dishwashers will pause while they heat up the water to the proper temperature. If your unit is hooked up to the kitchen sink, you may want to run the faucet for a few seconds to ensure that the water entering the dishwasher is already hot.

Detergent: It is very important to use fresh detergent, so keep it fresh and dry. You can store it in an airtight container. Many manufacturers recommend discarding old and lumpy detergent as it may not dissolve fully, and may leave a gritty residue. Using the right kind and amount of detergent is also very important to getting dishes as clean as possible.

Rinse aid: The use of a Dishwasher Rinse Aid like Jet-Dry Rinse Agent can help to keep dishes spot-free and keep dish drying time down.

If you noticed unsightly stains or smells coming from your dishwasher, try a Dishwasher Cleaner like Glisten, or affresh Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal Cleaner which you can use to clean both appliances.

WasherFresh destroys stinky odor causing residues and smells

October 9, 2009

You may have noticed lately that your washer stinks. Clothes and especially towels after use, might be giving off a foul odor. The problem isn’t your detergent or clothes; it’s being caused by your washer.

Mold and mildew can grow in hard-to-see, hard-to-reach places in your washing machine, embedding the smells into your newly cleaned laundry, being especially problematic for thick absorbent towels. Even though mold can grow in any type of washer, it’s especial a problem in front-loading HE washing machines.

WasherFresh fights bad odors in HE Washers, freshens and cleans. 3 -pack - $8.99

WasherFresh fights bad odors in HE Washers, freshens and cleans. 3 -pack - $8.99

To get your washer and laundry smelling fresh again, use a cleaner like WasherFresh to remove stubborn mold and mildew smells. To use, simply drop one of the premeasured pouches of WasherFresh into your empty clothes washer and select a hot water aggressive cleaning cycle available on your machine. WasherFresh dissolves quickly releasing all the active ingredients so it starts cleaning and freshening the laundry tub sooner and longer.

WasherFresh is available in Canada in packs of three pouches and packs of six pouches from Appliance Parts.

To prevent any future stinky smells, follow these HE washing machine maintenance tips recommended by washing machine manufacturers.

  • After use, pull back the rubber seal on a front load machine and wipe the inside with a paper towel to remove any mold growth.
  • Keep your washer’s door open after use.

Important appliance upgrades for your home

September 3, 2009

Homeowners are often unaware that a few simple and cheap upgrades to your appliances could save you thousands of dollars down the road.

One recommended upgrade is to replace rubber washing machine fill hoses more secure braided stainless steel washer hoses. Over time old rubber washing machine hoses can split open and easily flood your home.

Some stainless steel hoses even come with leak detection / shut-off assembly. How it work is that a spring holds a plunger open allowing the inner hose to carry water. If an inner hose ever should leak, water fills the outer hose where a sponge in the hose end (connected to the water line) absorbs water, pulling a plunger down to stop water flow and show red in the indicator window. The outer hose is sealed and won’t leak. Any remaining water pressure won’t re-open the hose, but will help keep the hose closed.

If you have a clothes dryer, replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting with safer rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct work. Over time, foil covered flexible clothes dryer hoses gets smashed-in, causing pockets were dryer lint can build up, posing a fire hazard. Although no statistics could be found for Canada, there are about 12,700 clothes-dryer related fires each year in the U.S.

In addition to being safer, clean ducts also improve the efficiency of your dryer and shorten the time it takes to dry your laundry.

Break the bottle habit and consider installing an in-door  ice and water dispenser to your refrigerator. refrigerator water filters. Stop lugging home heavy bottles of water that, when empty, often spend decades taking up space in some landfill. Instead enjoy fresh clean filtered water. Other options include adding a water filter to your faucet, whole-house or buying a pitcher water filter.

A few appliance care and cleaning tips

If you own a high-efficiency washer, chance are you noticed that it sometimes smells. A washer cleaning tablet will eliminate the smell from your HE washer. Affresh™ Washer Cleaner has been specially formulated to remove and prevent the build-up of odor causing residues in all brands of HE Washers. Affresh is also easy to use, place one tablet in the empty wash basket and run a normal cycle or a clean cycle.

Remove scratches from stainless steel appliances with a product like Scratch-B-Gone. It also helps to restore the original finish of stained, heat-scorched or rusted stainless steel surfaces like those on stove tops and grills.

If you have an enamel range, touch up nicks and chips with appliance touch-up paint.