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Holiday Appliance Tips

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Tip #1. Cloudy Dishes – Over the past several months there have been a lot of problems with dishes coming out with a white film on them. Good news, we have a solution.

First the problem:

    • As of July 1st, 2010 detergent manufacturers had to remove phosphates from their soap. Phosphates helped to clean the dishes and they also neutralized minerals in the water to keep this white film from appearing.

Now the solution:

    • First we need to clean all of the soap residue out of the dishwasher. To do this we have a Dishwasher Cleaner that we sell at our Lincoln & Omaha locations. This needs to be done because all of the soap and soap deposits need to be removed from the dishwasher. You can’t mix different brands of phosphate free soaps or it will make the problem much worse.
    • Next we need to change our soap use. The brand that we recommend (as well as Bosch, Whirlpool & Maytag) is Finish. Finish has replaced phosphates with enzymes and it works very well. I use it and can tell you it has made a tremendous difference.
    • Finally, when using Finish it is important not to rinse your dishes before putting them in your dishwasher. I know, this sounds crazy, but it is true!! The dishes still need to be scraped but the residues need to be left on the dishes for the soap to work properly. The enzymes need something to wash and if you rinse first then it simply won’t work properly.

Tip #2. Self-Cleaning your oven: You are having a Holiday dinner at your home and in the midst of cleaning you decide to self-clean your oven. Many times this will work without any problems, however occasionally something will go wrong and your oven will not work, now it is an emergency. We understand and we take care of these problems every year and the disaster is prevented. However, one tip that we recommend is to run this self-clean a couple of weeks in advance. During the self-cleaning process your oven will reach temperatures of over 900 degrees and if there are weak components there is a possibility of failure. To make sure there is plenty of time to fix the problem, running this cycle a couple of weeks ahead of time will make sure that everything is working perfectly by the time the family arrives!!

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