How to Clean Electric Kettle with Baking Soda

We’ve heated gallons upon gallons of hard and soft water for tea and hot cocoa making, with our  Hamilton Beach electric kettle.  In this post, we show how to clean electric kettle with baking soda.  We’ve cleaned ours successfully many times.  We also discuss how to keep the electric kettle clean in the first place. We’ve found that … Continue reading How to Clean Electric Kettle with Baking Soda



How to Fix a Skipping DVD Movie Disc

We’ve played digital video discs (DVDs) for nearly twenty years now.  Daily watching them has been a major filler of our fun time hours.  Do, to get the most of our entertainment dollars, we buy lots of used DVD discs. Thus,  we’ve experienced freezing DVDs often, and learned various ways how to fix a skipping DVD movie disc while playing. No DVD … Continue reading How to Fix a Skipping DVD Movie Disc



How to Fix a Skipping CD Audio Disc

We’ve played compact discs (CDs) for over thirty three years now. We listen to them daily.  So they have become a mainstay of our music listening regimen.  Since we always look for deals, especially on used CDs, we find our share of CDs that skip.  So, learning how to fix a skipping CD allowed us to “save” … Continue reading How to Fix a Skipping CD Audio Disc



Defrost Upright Freezer Quickly, How To

We’ve found that an excellent way to defrost upright freezer quickly, is to use a heat gun or blow dryer.  The blowing warm air really speeds up how fast an upright freezer defrosts, whether it be frost free or manual defrost. Have rented a few apartments equipped with manual-defrost freezers. Indeed at this very moment, … Continue reading Defrost Upright Freezer Quickly, How To



How to Change Alexa Wake Word

You want to know how to change Alexa wake word? You can indeed change the wake word that the Alexa enabled speakers respond to when you say it.  Current alexa wake word options are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The Alexa wake up word is the name you say to wake up the smart speaker and to start it … Continue reading How to Change Alexa Wake Word



How to Fix Honeywell WiFi Thermostat Connection Failure

We’re explaining common Honeywell WiFi thermostat connection failures, as experienced on numerous Honeywell internet controlled thermostats from time to time. Addressing Honeywell WiFi Thermostat Connection Lost Problems By this, we mean that the thermostat was connected properly prior to the failure, but has recently lost its wireless connection, and will not reconnect to your home Wi-Fi network. Typical … Continue reading How to Fix Honeywell WiFi Thermostat Connection Failure



How to Clean Front Loading Washing Machine with Bleach

Bleach is probably the most effective agent to use to clean and disinfect a front loading washing machine.  Even in small quantities, chlorine bleach virtually guarantees the halt of bacterial growths that lead eventually to a smelly front loader. Bleach, coupled with the regular hot water cycle (or the sanitation cycle if your washer has … Continue reading How to Clean Front Loading Washing Machine with Bleach



How to Clean Door Seal Gasket on Front Loader Washing Machine

Preventive maintenance.  The best way to clean mold from a washer door seal, is to avoid the mold in the first place.  Stop it before it starts, and act immediately if you notice any dank odors coming from your laundry machine. Keep the seals dry when you’re not using the washer, and we also suggest … Continue reading How to Clean Door Seal Gasket on Front Loader Washing Machine



Reset Xfinity Remote XR2, How To

Sometimes, most remote controls develop strange behaviors which need a hard  reset to clear up.  So in this post, we show you how to reset Xfinity remote XR2 back to its factory default state.  If you reset the XR2 though, keep in mind that this remote may not work afterwards until you reprogram it.  So, … Continue reading Reset Xfinity Remote XR2, How To



How to Freshen Up a Smelly Washing Machine

For both top loader and front loader washing machines, the best ways to freshen up most any clothes washer, are about the same in terms of effectiveness, because initially, they all completely remove dank odors from inside the washer quite well. Although the bleach and the commercial products discussed below, may offer more lasting freshness protection between applications, the … Continue reading How to Freshen Up a Smelly Washing Machine