FUR-ther into safety: How to keep your pets safe around appliances

To some members of your household, a dryer looks like a good place for a hideout or a nap. They might think the cord from your mixer is a good toy, and the dishwasher or laundry detergent a good target for their teeth or claws. Of course, we are talking about your pets. Just about … Continue reading "FUR-ther into safety: How to keep your pets safe around appliances"

Keep laundry detergent packets out of sight and out of reach

What’s your preferred laundry detergent? Are you one of the many who choose the convenience of laundry detergent packets over the more traditional powder or liquid? If so, it’s important to store them out of the reach of children. The danger is that children may come across the brightly colored pods or packets and mistake … Continue reading "Keep laundry detergent packets out of sight and out of reach"

Vacuum away indoor and outdoor allergens

Allergies tend to grab our attention when the seasons change and symptoms rear their ugly heads. In the fall, tree pollen tends to get the blame for our respiratory misery. Other common allergens like dust mites can cause trouble all year long. Regardless of whether your allergy symptoms are seasonal, regular and proper vacuuming should … Continue reading "Vacuum away indoor and outdoor allergens"

History comes clean: Laundry through the centuries

More than three decades ago and fresh off retiring from his career teaching electrical engineering, Lee Maxwell and his wife climbed into their new motor home and headed east toward Maine for a vacation. Halfway through Iowa, they decided to stop for lunch and came across a farm auction. An antique washing machine was up … Continue reading "History comes clean: Laundry through the centuries"

Designing your laundry room? Here’s how to choose your appliances

Laundry rooms are often multipurpose rooms that are used for storage and pet care in addition to washing and drying. But they’re typically designed around appliances, and appliances are what you should consider first during a laundry room design or remodel. “Appliances are always the starting point, whether you’re designing the laundry room, a kitchen … Continue reading "Designing your laundry room? Here’s how to choose your appliances"

Physicians share their allergy prevention advice

Ragweed. Pet dander. Tree pollen. Mountain cedar. Regardless of what’s causing your allergy symptoms, the sniffling, coughing, sneezing and itching are a major downer any time of the year. Before you reach for the antihistamines, look around the house. Odds are you already have many of the tools—your appliances—that can reduce the level of allergens … Continue reading "Physicians share their allergy prevention advice"

Ideas to Declutter Your Laundry Room

There aren’t very many people who enjoy doing laundry and sometimes that chore can be even more stressful when the laundry room is cluttered and disorganized. Whether you have a big laundry room or just a space big enough to hold your washer, dryer and detergent, you probably don’t have to invest much time or … Continue reading "Ideas to Declutter Your Laundry Room"

Less is more when it comes to detergent

NBC Washington, with the help of AHAM and the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), aired a segment last week on how much detergent people should be using to wash their clothes.  You may be surprised to see most people use about twice the recommended amount!  Watch the video below to see some tips from the … Continue reading "Less is more when it comes to detergent"