Questions tagged [appliances]

Hacks related to [cleaning], maintaining, or repairing appliances such as refrigerators and vacuum cleaners.

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Transporting a used fridge and washing machine

I will shortly be moving into my first rented accommodation (finally flying the nest!), and a colleague has offered me their washing machine and fridge/freezer as they are remodelling their kitchen. ...
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How to remove glass cleaner stains from smart tv

Someone tried to clean my Sony smart TV (which is not supposed to be cleaned that way) with glass cleaner and now it is full of white stains. I've tried gently rubbing it with a dry cloth but they don'...
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Unlock LED TV buttons without remote?

As I had lost my TV remote but I am operating it with side panel of LED. unfortunately I had locked keys and unable to unlock it. I can't change the channel or volume. when ever I press the side panel ...
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Cannot get blender carafe clean

It's actually clean but it's cloudy. I have found many things online, but none of them work: lemon/salt baking soda/vinegar vinegar soak Sometimes it looks clear then it gets cloudy again. I have ...
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Using the water heater [closed]

I would like to receive some help about the next question: Is it better to have water heater in bathroom, always turned on, or is it better to turn it on only if i need hot water (for showering or ...
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How can I remove my dryer's lint filter without creating a mess?

My new dryer has a large lint filter on the top. When I remove it, lint and dust fall off the filter onto the top of the dryer, and the dust floats off into the air as well. In the second picture ...
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Prevent cables of kitchen appliances from breaking when you coil them

I usually store electric appliances by coiling up their cables. Unfortunately this causes the cable jacket and insulation to break long before any other part of the machine, rendering a perfectly fine ...
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Remove ice from freezer surface

I just discovered that my ice cube tray has been leaking. There is significant layer (1/2" thick) of ice underneath it. It's about the same dimensions as the tray (5" x 12"). Is there an easy / quick ...
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Removing Liquified Plastic Layer Residue From Notched Metal Surface

I use old electric hob (as shown in the picture) for preparing my food, which takes a while to heat up and then takes even more time to cool down after use. Today I made a grave rookie mistake - as ...
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How to remove water stains from TV

Somebody tried to clean the LCD smart TV (which is not supposed to be cleaned that way) with water and now it is full of water stains. I've tried gently rubbing it with a dry cloth but they don't seem ...
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How can I carry a refrigerator with a Mercury Sable 2001 (aka Taurus)?

I'm not concerned if a scratch the car, and I can use wood or something to help. I need to transport a regular household-size refrigerator. We don't have one, and occasionally people give them away on ...
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Common noise levels of reliably constant loudness

This isn't a home improvement question, but one that applies to buying any product that makes noise or sound: how can you ask reviewers to compare the noise level of a product with some reference ...
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Remove styrofoam protection from under the fridge by myself

I have ordered a new fridge and it came packed in styrofoam protection, including on the bottom. I need to remove that but I don't know how. The fridge is to heavy to lift by myself. Even if a ...
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How to determine what metal is the inside of my kettle?

It may be aluminium, steel, or something else. I don't feel its attraction to a magnet, but maybe it is because the keetle is too thin?
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How to straighten board game board?

I have settlers of catan and the water parts of it are bent.The other tiles might also be bent a little bit, but aren't noticeable as much as the water tiles. How can I make it straight again?
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How can I improve dish washer performance? [closed]

Besides washing dishes first or changing detergent, are there ways to improve the cleanliness of dishes coming out of an old dish washer?
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I live in a shared house with a few other people. Due to my schedule, I'm up when most of them have gone to bed. I often need to eat something after coming home but have received complaints that the ...
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Remove Broken Lightbulb from holder

The light bulb broke off but the metal portion remains in the holder. What is the best or safest way to remove this bulb from the holder?
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Remove Drops of Wood Varnish on LED TV

I noticed that my LED TV have drops of wood varnish on my LED TV's screen. It is annoying especially when I'm playing video games (I keep falling victim, thought it was an island on a horizon of sea). ...
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How to avoid tripping a breaker [closed]

I have a microwave (~1200W when running) and a fridge (~600W when starting, rough/approximate measurement) on the same circuit, and whenever they are both running, the circuit breaker (110V, 15A) ...
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How to remove dust from fridge coils?

My Whirlpool side by side fridge has the external coils underneath the fridge, with a fan to circulate air. Over the years the coils collect a lot of dust. For some reason the coils are sort of M ...
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How to Avert / Deflect refrigerator heat in room?

I am living in a tropical country right now, it gets pretty hot (~45 °C) in here. Now, I have single room home which has my desktop & a refrigerator. As obvious, in order to make ice in high ...
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How to prevent ice cream from melting without a refrigerator?

There are times when you are at work where you have the best ice cream parlor in town around the corner from your office. But you want to take the ice cream home and enjoy it there. Is there a way to ...
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What is the best way to use a tower fan and an oil heater to heat a room quickly?

I have a finned oil heater and a tower fan. I need to heat my bedroom quickly, during the winter, as this bedroom has no central heating. The finned oil heater has 7 fins about 4cm apart. The tower ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

There are ants in my laptop keyboard again. It's happened before and ended up killing my productivity occasionally as the little critters suddenly show up from within the gaps of the keyboard. I had ...
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How to dry out the gasket on my washing machine between washes?

My washing machine has a thick rubber gasket between the door and the cylinder, seen here: The space in that gasket fills with water during each wash and, although we let it air dry between washes, ...
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Clean blender as fast as possible, or prevent it from accumulating protein powder residue

I use a Ninja Master Prep blender to mix protein powder or Soylent with water. Is there a way to clean it very quickly? The blades are super sharp and I'd rather avoid having to scrub bits of powder ...
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What is an effective way to clean stainless steel appliances without commercial products? [closed]

Stainless steel appliances look nice and modern, but they are a pain to keep clean. So far I've tried soap and water, diluted vinegar, and a damp cloth. None of these really seem to leave it ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

While vacuuming, I heard the typical 'kaclink kaclink' of a larger solid object being sucked up. I think it might be an earring I lost a few days ago, so I'd like to get whatever it is out of the bag. ...
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Replacement For Slow Cooker

I bought a cookbook a few hours ago and I have just realized that I need a slow cooker. I don't have one and I do not have the money to buy one (I'm saving up money). What is a good replacement for a ...
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What is the perfect microwaving time for my food?

Ever since I started working in this company I'm taking my lunch (leftovers of the dinner last night) to the office in a microwavable container, because we have a small kitchen including a microwave. ...
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When should I remove popcorn from the microwave?

I'd like to know exactly when to remove popcorn from the microwave. If I leave it in a little longer, a few more kernels will pop, but I might burn the popcorn. if I take it out too early I may leave ...
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How can I clean a glass top oven that has black areas?

I have scrubbed until it's a smooth surface that feels very similar to the original glass top but the surface is so dark it's nearly black. I can slightly see the original pattern in the dark areas ...
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How to remove / prevent burns on a shirt from an iron?

So recently whenever I've been ironing my shirts for work I have found that when I do the collar of cuffs, the iron will sometimes leave a brown stain, almost as if it is burning the shirts. I don't ...
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Clean hair from vacuum brush

I own a roomba and while its cool and saves time and everything, cleaning the counter rotating brushes inside it is bothersome. I have long hair. I usually open the roomba and remove the brushes, ...
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How do I prevent my shirt sleeves from twisting in the washer?

I like to wear a suit, and of course, a reasonably formal shirt goes with it. Years ago, this meant ironing the shirts by hand, but these days non-iron shirts are pretty good. However, with non-iron ...
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How to retrieve items from under a refrigerator?

I dropped a AA battery this morning, which conveniently rolled right under the fridge. Using a flashlight, I was able to see that it was about 12 inches (~30cm) back. I tried reaching for it with a ...
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Homemade dehydrator without using the oven

I would like a dehydrator, but rather than spending a few twenties on a cheap one that's going to break after a couple uses, I would rather save up for one that lasts for years. The only alternative ...
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How can I fit more dishes in my microwave at once?

I have a 0.6 cubic foot rotating microwave (very small), so I can usually only cook one thing at a time. When using bowls I tried to put them both in opposite corners and they both fit, but one tipped ...
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Cleaning a microwave

What is the easiest way to clean dried/burnt-on food out of a microwave? Cleaning out the microwave was always one of my least favorite tasks back when I worked the graveyard shift at the local ...
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How to kill the stink in an unplugged refrigerator?

There is a refrigerator that has been left with food in it and without electricity for some time, opening the door is 'unpleasant'. It either needs to be cleaned and restored to service or it needs ...
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How can I organize my chest freezer?

I've got a chest freezer that's 20.6 x 37.2 x 33.5 inches. The freezer tends to stay pretty full to the top because I like to stock up when things are on sale and toss them in there. The problem I'm ...
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How can I remove soap suds from a dishwasher?

When someone accidentally uses dish soap for hand-washing in the dishwasher, the whole thing quickly begins filling with suds. How can I remove the soap/deactivate the foaming properties quickly, so ...
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How do I remove burned-on gunk from an enamel stove-top without using harmful chemicals?

I know I can use oven-cleaner but it's extremely caustic. And I don't want to wear myself out scrubbing. Is there another way?
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What is the best way to tumble-dry wet sneakers?

When I wash my sneakers and attempt to tumble-dry, a loud thumping sound permeates my apartment and often they will kick the door open. How can I best tumble-dry my sneakers without the noise and ...
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What is the best way of cleaning the glass on a wood burning stove?

I have a wood burning stove and sometimes the glass get covered in black soot from the fire. It's very hard work to clean off using a scouring sponge and water/washing up liquid. Is there an easy ...
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What is the best way to cool off with an oscillating fan without having it blowing directly on me?

I use an oscillating fan to stay cool at work because others like a warmer temperature than I do. I've noticed considerable buffeting when the fan is blowing directly on me. Our office is laid out in ...