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Keep up with the chores this holiday season

During holiday times we rely on our household appliances more than ever. With the extra cooking and resulting dish washing that we do when we entertain the thought of our dishwasher, oven or fridge and freezer breaking down can send most people into a panic, but the good news is if we take care of our appliances throughout the year they are less likely to let us down when we need them most.

Routine tasks to keep the dishwasher working well include regularly removing the filter and rinsing it under running water. This will remove any food debris, pips and other deposits that may build up. Every few months a dishwasher cleaner should be used on a hot wash to get rid of any fat build up in the pipes. Inspecting the spray arms to make sure they are not blocked is also advisable and if they are, a quick clean using a toothbrush and white vinegar should be enough to unblock them.

Fridges and freezers are seen as an essential kitchen appliance but are often neglected. Depending on the type you have they may not need regular defrosting but keeping the inside clean by using unperfumed antibacterial wipes is important. If the freezer does need defrosting it is essential to do this as the freezer will work better without that build-up of ice.

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Appliances that come into their own during winter

As silly as it sounds there are some appliances that are used infrequently during the summer months and spend their time in the back of a kitchen cupboard but as soon as the weather gets colder our thoughts turn to stews, soups and toasted sandwiches and the appliances that are used to make these heart-warming foods.

A slow cooker is often used to make stews and curries and is ideal if you are out at work during the day and want a warm meal to come home to. The ingredients are simply placed in the slow cooker in the morning, if the slow cooker has a timer function the timer is set and then it can be left to cook the meal. Slow cookers are very versatile and can be used to cook a wide variety of savoury and sweet dishes.

Soup makers were very popular a few years ago and if you enjoy home made soup then it is worthwhile investing in one. All the ingredients for your delicious soup are put into the soup maker and the appliance cooks and liquidises the soup for you. All you need is the crusty bread to go with it.

Many people enjoy a sandwich for lunch but on a cold day a hot toasted sandwich is much better, so a sandwich toaster is invaluable. Experiment with fillings for your toastie as there are many delicious variations to enjoy.

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Should an air purifier be top of your Christmas list?

Home air purifiers are becoming more popular, partly as a response to concerns over air quality and virus transmission when indoors. While our homes are often designed to keep us warm, many of us are spending much more time indoors and so are becoming exposed to more indoor particles and pollutants that can induce or aggravate breathing issues. Air purifiers are a reliable solution to get rid of indoor pollutants and are certainly worth adding to your home.

Air purifiers essentially work by cleaning the air, which may include pollutants, allergens, and toxins. Unlike essential oil diffusers and humidifiers, which add particles to indoor air, an air purifier not only removes particles but cleans the air too.

The effectiveness of air purifiers has been questioned but it has been shown that they are effective at removing allergens which is of particular benefit to those with allergies to dust mites, pollen, and pet dander.

Like allergens, indoor mould particles can become especially dangerous for people with asthma and other lung conditions. Air purifiers may work to some degree, but filtration is far more effective in getting rid of mould in the air. Filter-equipped air purifiers may also remove smoke in the air, including tobacco smoke. So, if you want to breathe easy this winter try an air purifier.

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How do I dispose of my outdated electronics?

Disposing of old electronic equipment is an increasing problem for many households as many items fall into the category of electronics including alarm clocks; CD/DVD players and game consoles; small kitchen appliances such as kettles, toasters and blenders; personal grooming products like hairdryers, straighteners, electric toothbrushes and shavers; garden tools such as lawnmowers and shredders; other items such as lamps, torches, vacuum cleaners, phones, radios, TVs, printers, cameras and smoke alarms. Some local authorities collect small electrical items as part of their kerbside collection, otherwise you can recycle these and larger items at selected retailers and at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

It is easy to check if an electrical item, toy or game is recyclable if it has reached the end of its working life. Some will have a sticker saying not recyclable but if not then advice can be sought from your local recycling centre.

When recycling computers and phones it is important to delete any personal information that may be held on the device by doing a factory reset if the appliance is working or by removing the hard drive and destroying it.

If you have an electrical item that is still in good working condition, you could consider selling it, passing it on to someone else or donating it – some charity shops accept working electrical items for resale.

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Taking appliances with you when camping

If you are going camping then you need to decide what sort of holiday you want it to be. Some people enjoy camping going back to basics. They won’t opt for electric hook up and do all their cooking on a little gas ring or bbq. For others, they still want some of the mod cons when camping and so they take appliances with them that make certain tasks easier. If you have electric hook up you may decide to take a mini fridge or electric cool box with you. This will enable you to store basic food and milk and not Have to worry about going to the shop every day.

You may also take a kettle and toaster with you as this will be much quicker than having to boil water on a stove or toast on a gas grill.

Often many people restrict what they take purely due to the space they have. If you have plenty of space, for example take two vehicles then you may be tempted to take your whole kitchen with you, but sometimes it is important to remember that parts of camping are sometimes more enjoyable when you have to do things a little slower paced.

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