Easy Appliance Troubleshooting

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Easy Appliance Troubleshooting

There's nothing wrong with paying for appliance repair when the problem is too big to fix on your own. But many appliance malfunctions are simple enough that they can be solved easily without professional assistance if you just know how to get started. I worked as a hotel handyman many years ago, and I learned a lot on the job. I learned how to restart a stalled washing machine, unfreeze a refrigerator compressor, and fix a broken dishwasher. I decided to start this blog to share some of my appliance troubleshooting tips and tricks. Chances are that learning some basic troubleshooting tactics can save you hundreds of dollars in minor service call charges. Hopefully this blog will help you get more out of your household appliances for less.

Green Products For Cleaning Your Wooden Kitchen Cabinets This Spring

Winter is finally over and it's time for spring cleaning. The kitchen cabinets are an often ignored part of the normal kitchen cleaning routine, so now is the time to wipe off the grease and dust that has accumulated on the surface of the wood throughout the year. If green cleaning is important to you, these environmentally friendly cleaning products are effective against dust and grease, and commonly available in many households.

Microfiber Cloth

Wipe down your cabinets with a soft microfiber cloth to remove dust and dirt. Pay special attention to the upper half of your cabinets, including the tops and the doors. This is especially important if your kitchen is equipped with one or more ceiling fans, as ceiling fans often blow clingy dust bunnies around the upper reaches of the kitchen. Open up your cabinet doors and wipe down the opening into your cabinets, where dust tends to stick to the edge of the wood.


Your cabinets will be greasy--especially in areas around the stove and sink. White vinegar is the perfect product for removing sticky, caked-on grease from your wooden cabinets. Use straight vinegar for this task, or a mixture of vinegar diluted with warm water. Vinegar does have an odor, but that dissipates as soon as the vinegar dries. Use a soft sponge dipped in your vinegar (or vinegar and water mixture) to scrub the cabinets.

Baking Soda

Once the vinegar has dried on your cabinets, feel the surface of the wood. If the cabinets are still sticky, dip your sponge in vinegar again, wring it out until the sponge is only damp, and then sprinkle baking soda on the bottom. Scrub at the sticky areas of your cabinets with the baking soda-coated sponge.

Baking soda has a way of removing even the most troublesome patches of grease. This is also an effective method for removing tacky, unidentifiable splotches of food that might be stuck to the underside of your cabinets.

Olive Oil

After removing the sticky grease, put a dab of olive oil or vegetable oil on the surface of your damp sponge and wipe down your cabinets. Oil makes wooden cabinets shine while simultaneously moisturizing and conditioning the wood. When you're finished, wipe down your cabinets with a dry sponge to remove any excess oil from the wood.

With this kind of care, your wooden cabinets will look their best for many years to come. For more information about cleaning kitchen cabinets in Milton, or wherever you are located, visit a supply store today.