Archive for the ‘Laundry’ Category

Stacking Kits – How to organise your washer and dryer

August 9th, 2017 by

Stacking kits... Do I need one? How do they work? What laundry appliances can I stack? And perhaps the most common question of them all, what actually is a stacking kit? If you find yourself asking these questions, you’ve clicked onto the right post. We answer your questions and give you a bit of background information on the whole stacking kit business, starting with the most basic of ... Read more

6 common washing machine problems and how to solve them

June 30th, 2017 by

We all make mistakes, but some mistakes have harsher consequences than others.  Forgetting to pick up the milk at the shops is small fry compared with a blunder that could potentially ruin your clothes and/or wreck a pricey laundry appliance. Here are six common problems that can crop up when using a washing machine, and a few possible solutions to save you stress, time, effort and money ... Read more

Get the right size washer – washing machine capacity explained

June 16th, 2017 by

Washing machines come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to choose one that perfectly suits your household’s needs. If you pick a washer that's too small for your family, you'll have to waste time and effort running multiple cycles. But if you choose an oversized appliance, you'll lose money on increased running costs for power and water that you're not using. Figuring out the right size ... Read more

Apartment living horror stories – how to handle common problems

May 4th, 2016 by

More and more of us are living in apartments, units, flats, terrace homes and other high-density housing. Living in such close proximity to other human beings comes with its share of challenges, from enduring the yapping of the dog downstairs, to the “balcony rain” when someone up above you waters their plants. source: Adam.J.W.C. on Wikimedia Commons But some of the frustrations that come from apartment living can ... Read more

The Perfect Pair with Fisher & Paykel | Appliances Online

March 23rd, 2016 by

Some things just go perfectly together- Wine and cheese, fish and chips, washers and dryers. About that last one – how well-matched are YOUR laundry appliances? For a long time the laundry space didn't even get a second thought, and not many people bothered about laundry rooms, leaving their washing machine and or dryer just being placed in the corner of their garage or shed. [caption id="attachment_34806" align="aligncenter" width="700"] ... Read more

Big washing machines – pros and cons

December 17th, 2015 by

When you’re in the market for a new washing machine, you could opt for a more-or-less identical replacement for your current model. "If it ain't broke" and all that (though if you're buying a replacement, it may actually BE broke...). Or, with just a bit of extra research, you could find a machine that’s even better suited to handling the unique laundry needs of your particular household. With ... Read more

When life gives you lemons – Different ways to make use of lemons

November 24th, 2015 by

Lemons aren’t only good for garnishing or adding zesty goodness to drinks and dishes, but they can also be used for cleaning and in other ingenious ways. Throw away smelly detergents and harsh chemicals, pick a few lemons from the tree out the back and use them as nature's little helpers. [caption id="attachment_34227" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Image courtesy of Viacheslav Blizniuk at[/caption]  The Kitchen Clean your microwave Pour half a ... Read more

How to get wine out of clothes

November 2nd, 2015 by

Halloween has passed, Christmas is still a couple of months away… must be Melbourne Cup time! source: Synyan on Wikimedia Commons When you're all dressed up to watch a 3-minute race, all it takes is a careless misstep or accidental elbow-jostle to spill your cheeky wine glass all over your glad rags. Not quite the "glitz and glamour" look the day is known for! source: Gunnar Grimnes on Flickr Here ... Read more

The best appliances for small households

October 9th, 2015 by

Studio apartments, small one-bedroom homes and lofts... most of these places have one thing in common; they have little to no space! This is where 2-in-1 appliances work best, as they allow one appliance to work in versatile ways. So if you follow the list below, you should find your small apartment starting to feel bigger, without having to knock down any walls. Convection Microwave Ovens  With convection microwaves, you ... Read more

How to get rid of pilling, lint and pet hair – three ways to keep your clothes looking smooth

October 8th, 2015 by

Even with careful washing and drying, our clothes inevitably suffer wear and tear over time, leaving them looking less than impressive. In fact, careless use of some laundry appliances can actually leave clothes worse for wear. Here's a short guide to a few of the grots you may find marring your otherwise beautiful fabrics, and what you can do to get rid of them so your laundry ... Read more

Uses for vinegar around the home

October 6th, 2015 by

Seriously, how great is vinegar? This simple household ingredient can be useful pretty much everywhere in the home, whether for cleaning or cooking. source: Ms angie gray at Wikimedia Commons Here are a few of our favourite uses for vinegar around the home: Cooking Vinegar is basically just spoiled wine, which has been allowed to age to the point where it goes from being merely tart to acidic (cue oh-so-original ... Read more

In defence of the top loader

September 30th, 2015 by

The debate over the best appliances to use in the laundry tend to end up favouring front-loading washing machines, due to their energy and water efficiency, gentle washing action, and better use of often limited laundry space. Haier HWMP55-918 5.5kg Top Load Washing Machine So are there any reasons to still opt for a top-loader?  Or have front-loaders entirely overtaken them? Here are a few areas where top-loaders excel, ... Read more

Laundry Hacks – dryers and towels and tennis balls, oh my!

September 28th, 2015 by

Using a dryer to look after your wet clothes can be a big convenience when surprise rain showers hit. While hanging up the laundry on folding racks indoors is always an option, it’s not the fastest method available. So are there any little tips, tricks and life hacks to dry your laundry faster? And do they work? Here's a couple that we found: Laundry Hack 1: Dry clothes faster ... Read more

How to beat hay fever – a Spring cleaning checklist

September 10th, 2015 by

Spring is here! That's good! Hay fever is also here! That's bad. If soaring pollen counts leave you doubled over in sneezing fits at this time each year, here are a few quick tips on how to minimise the seasonal impact: DON'T open your doors and windows This advice may sound like sacrilege, as Spring is  the traditional season to let fresh warm air in and sweep out the winter ... Read more

New from IFA – washing machine doors?

September 8th, 2015 by

Around this time each year, news filters out from Europe’s IFA trade show of the latest innovations in the wonderful world of consumer electronics and home appliances. This year, some of the features that have impressed us most don’t involve complex gadgetry or Smart interconnectivity, but something much more low-tech: Doors. Specifically, doors on washing machines. No, really hear us out: More doors = more washing If you have a ton of ... Read more