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Wasting Away: How To Properly Dispose Of Appliances

According to a UN study, the United States had roughly 30 tons of electronic waste per capita in 2012 — the highest in the world. While that in itself is a huge issue, the even larger problem lies in how this waste is disposed of. Labels on electronics and appliances feature instructions for proper disposal, but rarely are they given any attention. Electronics are semi-toxic materials and should be regarded as such. Instead of tossing your old electronics and appliances on the curb alongside your regular trash, dispose of them properly at designated locations. What designates “proper,” is based on the type of electronic or appliance you are trying to break free from.

Microwaves

Photo by Patrick Berry

If you have a plastic microwave, not to worry. These can be disposed of as regular trash. If you have a metal microwave, however, you should take special precautions to make sure it goes to the right place. While some facilities allow you to recycle metal microwaves as scrap metal, others require dropping them off (or scheduling for pick-up) at an electronic waste center. Check your city regulations for more information.
Freezers and Refrigerators

Because of their bulky nature, you should not try to dispose of these yourself. Call an e-waste removal service and schedule a pick-up of your old appliance. As noted by the Environmental Protection Agency, pickups are typically free, though some services may charge a small fee of $10-$50, depending on the company and your location.
Washers and Dryers

If they are still in working condition, donating them to a shelter (or putting them on freecycle) may be a better option than simply recycling them. If they are no longer usable, be sure to ask the manufacturer of your new washer/dryer if they also handle the disposal of old ones. In the event that the manufacturer […]

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Kitchen Hacks: 15 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Appliances

Ever buy something that you never use and wonder why you purchased it in the first place? Have you bought something that gets used, but are annoyed that you can only use it for one purpose? Kitchen tools, utensils and appliances can be used in unusual ways to help you not only make the most out of your purchases, but also to save you time and money. Here are 15 kitchen hacks, sure to provide some new ways to clean, organize and work in the busiest room in your home.
Cleaning Hacks
Disinfect your disposal with this concoction! #KitchenHack pic.twitter.com/bXadf8F7iL

— TheMaids (@TheMaidsCorp) June 3, 2014
Get your garbage disposal in great shape by combining ice, lemon and salt and pouring it down the drain.
Reuse Dryer Sheets to Remove Stubborn Gunk Off Pots & Pans: http://t.co/oNWVaUxIbv #dailytip #kitchenhack #diy #clean #reuse #HappyThursday

— ApplianceVideo (@ApplianceVideo) May 22, 2014
Dryer sheets aren’t just for the laundry room anymore. Scrub your pots and pans with these sweet-smelling sheets for sparkling cookware.
#Cleaning Tip: Wipe the fridge or microwave with bicarbonate of soda on a damp cloth, it’s a natural deodoriser!

— BKS Ltd (@BKSltd) May 27, 2014
Why waste your money on deodorizing products when you can utilize materials sitting around your home?
Did you know you can use baking soda to clean the oven? 5 simple kitchen cleaning #HomeHacks http://t.co/uwtdoBwYus pic.twitter.com/mTkYgZiv6N

— Bohen (@bohenuk) April 10, 2014
If your oven is dirty, baking soda can help eliminate years of food and grime.
#Cleaning tip: Clean your dishwasher effortlessly, fill a dishwasher safe bowl with 2 cups of vinegar . http://t.co/VV9teBJHUw

— steam cleanerreviews (@SteamCleanersUK) April 17, 2014
Dishes coming out of the washer dirty or filmy? Try putting a bowl with vinegar into the wash.

Food Hacks

Cooking with ginger? Use a spoon instead of a vegetable peeler to get the most out of your root. #kitchenhack pic.twitter.com/bEfM8Nyr8B

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Housework: The Differences Between Men And Women

According to an article based on typical habits of British households, the average woman will spend a whopping 12,896 hours of her life cleaning up around the house. Her male counterpart, however, will spend roughly half of that time scrubbing and dusting. Men on average clock 6,448 hours of cleaning in a lifetime, which probably explains why their apartments smell like gym locker rooms. So what’s the deal? Are men quicker and more efficient with the same tasks? Or are they simply just the messier gender? You be the judge:
Scrubbing the Bathroom

Photo by Emanuele Rosso

Your typical male bathroom will have the same generic six items: a razor blade, shaving cream, a bar of soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a towel. Is this really all men need or is it to avoid having to clean it regularly? Very suspicious. The typical female bathroom, on the other hand, has right around 337 different items. Keeping 337 items organized takes a significantly longer amount of time than the six items you would come across in the average male bathroom. Since the excess items are technically optional items, some may say that women do it to themselves…we’ll remain neutral on this.
Loads of Laundry

Photo by Charlotte Coneybeer

Let us first address the idea of a “wearable wardrobe.” A wearable wardrobe can be understood as the one-third of a woman’s closet that she will actually use. As new clothing items are added the wardrobe, the same amount of existing clothing items are then pushed to the “non-wearable” realm of her wardrobe. Women will base their laundry habits around the size of their wearable wardrobes more often than not. Because of this, women tend to do laundry once every couple of days, or once a week.

Men have found a way around this constant laundry cycle. They have employed […]

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5 Common Myths About Everyday Appliances

Even in the “information age,” there are a ton of myths floating around about every day things. You’ve surely heard that we only use 10 percent of our brains. As it turns out, that is in fact false. Have you been told that drains swirl in different directions depending on which hemisphere you’re in? Also untrue! Check out these five common home appliance myths and see which ones are true and which are false.

#1: Appliances in stand-by mode use no power
Many people think that just because their dishwasher, microwave or refrigerator isn’t actually running that it must not be using any electricity. Truth is, you might be surprised how much juice a “sleeping” appliance uses. A microwave, for example, uses six watts an hour. Even a landline telephone uses up five watts an hour or more. Collectively, “sleeping” appliances can suck up between 15 and 30 watts per hour. With 24 hours in a day, that quickly adds up! Want to cut down your power bill? Don’t just shut your appliances off, pull the plug.
#2: Microwaves emit harmful radiation

Many people believe that their microwave kicks out dangerous radiation. While microwaves do in fact use radiation to heat our delicious leftovers, the only way to actually expose yourself is to come into direct contact with said radiation—meaning you would have to be inside the microwave.
#3: Dishes need to be pre-rinsed before putting them in the dishwasher
Let’s face it: we spend enough time on dishes as it is. Knowing the truth behind this one will get you out of the kitchen and into the backyard for some family time before you can say “Cascade.” Contrary to popular belief, the majority of your dirty dishes do not need to be pre-rinsed before being placed in the dishwasher. In fact, rinsing off […]

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