Archive for the ‘Small Appliances’ Category

How to choose a kitchen sink and tap, and how to keep them both clean

February 19th, 2016 by

When renovating your kitchen, have you thought of everything but the kitchen sink? It’s one of the three most-used sections of most kitchens, along with the fridge and the oven/stove. You’ll want to make sure that you choose the best sink to suit your home’s needs. But a fine sink is nothing unless it’s paired with an equally fine tap. And you will also need to take good ... Read more

How to fall in love with your fridge, again | Organisational tips for a cleaner refrigerator

February 18th, 2016 by

Do you remember the excitement of seeing your newly-bought fridge  being pushed on a trolley down your hallway, on its way to your kitchen by the delivery team? Or the excitement you had when you finally got to place all your food and drinks into the shiny, clean cavity? [caption id="attachment_34726" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Image courtesy of sritangphoto at[/caption] Or what about the joy you had of sticking ... Read more

How to clean your most touched electronics, and why it should be done regularly

February 12th, 2016 by

Being the 21st Century, the majority of Australian homes will be filled with laptops, smart phones, televisions, desktop computers, headphones, cameras and tablets. Not only do these gadgets keep us entertained on our commute home, or let us watch our favourite soap opera that we know we shouldn't (but can’t help to because we secretly love the drama!), but these gadgets also make our everyday lives ... Read more

Appliance Hack – One simple tip for cleaning your blender in LITERALLY seconds

January 7th, 2016 by

Cleaning a blender by hand can be a time-consuming exercise in frustration. Most blender jugs tend to be tall and narrow, making it really tricky to access the bit at the base around the blades where most of the food grots tend to collect. Oh no! The blender is all clogged up with DELICIOUS BERRIES (photo by Daniel Lee on Flickr) Poking around with a long-handled scrubbing brush ... Read more

Christmas cleaning tips & hacks for a stress-free holiday season

December 30th, 2015 by

All the presents have been unwrapped, the fridge is full of leftover Christmas ham & potato salad, the trees ornaments can be found scattered all over the place, and the house has been a bomb site of toys, food and dishes for the past couple of days. Now that Christmas Day is over, and it’s slowly creeping into the New Year, it’s definitely about time to ... Read more

How to defrost your fridge or freezer

December 3rd, 2015 by

If you’ve had your fridge or freezer for a while now, there’s a chance that its interior may start to resemble Antarctica – all frost and ice, but without the fun of penguins. source: Piotrus at Wikimedia Commons Here’s our guide to defrosting your fridge or freezerand removing that icy build-up so your appliance can keep running smoothly: Note – we won’t be talking about defrosting or thawing out ... 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 clean stainless steel

November 5th, 2015 by

One tip that we regularly recommend to anyone planning a kitchen renovation is to choose appliances with similar finishes, to help give the room a consistent, unified appearance. Stainless steel appliances tend to look especially good when matched with one another - a home kitchen can be given an elegant and professional look and feel simply by including a few sleek and stylish stainless steel appliances. However, while ... 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

How to get rid of spiders at home

October 22nd, 2015 by

A recent meeting at Appliances Online HQ was gatecrashed by a surprise visitor – a spider! Lowering him or herself down on a web, this arthropod wasn’t able to add much to the meeting agenda other than giving our poor graphic designer a fright. This wasn't our meeting visitor - this is just the least-terrifying close-up spider image I could find. (source: Bryce McQuillan on Wikimedia Commons) Sharing your ... Read more

Dishwasher not drying? Five tips to try:

October 20th, 2015 by

Dishwashers are meant to provide convenience at home, saving you time and effort. So it’s always frustrating when you still need to hand-dry your dishes after the dishwashing’s complete, even after running the drying cycle. Bosch SMS50E32AU Dishwasher Here are a few common pitfalls to avoid when it comes to making sure your dishes come out of the dishwasher dry enough to put way immediately: Open the door as ... Read more

Clean your vacuum filters!

October 19th, 2015 by

No appliance lasts forever, but you’d be surprised how much a bit of simple maintenance can do to extend their lifespan.  Taking proper care of the hard-working components of your appliances can allow you to keep experiencing awesome performance from your appliances for longer. With this in mind… when was the last time you cleaned your vacuum cleaner's filter? What's the purpose of a vacuum cleaner's filter? Diagram of ... Read more

How to make your house smell amazing

October 14th, 2015 by

If you are having guests over for a barbeque, thinking of selling your house, or just want that dog stink to disappear, don’t use chemical sprays or deodorisers! Instead, opt for natural remedies to make your house smell good this spring: 1.    Make a stove simmer source: Scott Veg on Flickr Place water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, fresh bay leaves or pine needles, lemon and orange in a small pot on ... 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