Home Sweet Home Magazine - August 2021

Refrigerators most often give off a stench when leftovers have been pushed to the back and forgotten. First, look for any offending dish or rotting produce/ meat, then remove and dispose of it. If the smell persists, mix a 1:1 ratio of white, distilled vinegar and filtered or distilled water in a spray bottle; empty the refrigerator, and use the vinegar cleaning solution to clean and deodorize all refrigerator shelving, sides and doors. If the smell emanating from your fridge is caused by your selection of fish, salami, cheese or other highly fragrant foods, take a nylon stocking and fill it with fresh coffee grounds. Place it in the back of the refrigerator. This perky aroma will overwhelmmore abrasively scented foods. Freezers can soak up the pungent odors of meat, fish or freezer burn — none of which are particularly appetizing! Clean your freezer thoroughly, andmake sure all foods are properly sealed. Then, soak a few cotton balls in vanilla extract. Wipe the inside of the freezer with the cotton balls, and each time you open the freezer door, you’ll be greeted by the smell of vanilla ice cream! Front-Loading Washing Machines are more efficient than top-loadingmachines — as long as you use high-efficiency detergent each time you wash.

running and leaving the door open slightly between loads to allow the machine to air out. Dryers generally begin to give off a musty smell for one of two reasons: 1. You’re drying loads that are too large, causing longer drying times, which gives bacteria time to grow; or 2. There’s damp lint stuck in the vent. To get it out, remove the vent and use a vacuum to clean out the lint and any other debris caught inside.

If you don’t, soap residue can be left behind on the drum, which, combined with dampness, can create a breeding ground for mold andmildew. Avoid this problemwith your go-to solution — a combination of white vinegar and baking soda. Insert ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water into the detergent dispenser. Next, pour two cups of distilled white vinegar into the drum and run the machine for a full cycle. Other tips to help avoidmoisture build-up include removing clothes as soon as a load has finished


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