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September: Home Hacks

Keep your Lowcountry kitchen standing tall in fall

Story by Jeremy Press

Jeremy Press (aka the Appliance Whisperer) of Appliances by Design has agreed to provide home appliance tips and advice to LOCAL Life readers. Got a great home appliance tip? Contact him at [email protected]

Keeping your house running can be a full time job.

It does not matter if you have a house full of kids getting back into the rhythm of school, or are enjoying the retired Lowcountry life with all the fun and activities that go along with this well-earned time. To keep our lives running the way we need and want them to, it is important that our support team does their job to the best of their abilities. In the kitchen, that is our appliances. To keep our kitchen running strong through the start of fall, here are some quick touch-up tips to help keep the kitchen working for you the way you need it to.

Detail your dishwasher

Dishwashers are an all too important part of our daily lives. Keeping our utensils, plates and glasses clean and bacteria free is a vital part of our world. In the Lowcountry, mold and bacteria can grow faster than other areas of the country. Here are two quick tips to keep your dishwasher bacteria free.

First, take a rag and dip the tip of it in some bleach. Carefully clean the rubber gasket around the door frame. This will allow for a better seal when the door is closed, keeping more air and moisture from escaping around the frame of the dishwasher, and letting bacteria in.

The second tip is to clean the inside of your dishwasher. Run a cycle with some white vinegar or citrus drink powder (I have always used Tang) without any dishes in it. This will clean the innards of the dishwasher by breaking down the buildup of detergent and bacteria. The dishwasher will smell fresher and dishes will come out cleaner.

Freshen up your fridge

Refrigerators are designed to keep everything fresh and ready to eat. To make sure the fridge itself is working its best, remember to do these three things. 

First, clean off the bottom of refrigerator where the vent is. Getting all the dust off will allow the fridge to breathe better and do its job more efficiently. 

Second, just like the dishwasher clean the gaskets on each of the doors. It will keep air from escaping and keep any mold or ice from building up. 

Lastly, if you have a dispenser, take a cotton swab and clean the inside of the water dispenser tube. You might want you do this multiple times. Do not use any chemicals. Just pack the swab down a little and rotate it as you clean the area where water comes out. Because this tube is open at the end, bacteria can build up quickly here.

Dynamite dishwasher
Hestan KDW24 Fully Integrated Dishwasher
This ultra-quiet dishwasher features a patented double-axial washing system, leak-detection technology and a door that automatically opens to maximize airflow, eliminate spots and save energy. Available at Appliances by Design. $2,100.

Remarkable refrigerator
Benchmark Built-in Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
This smart fridge can be remotely monitored and controlled through Bosch’s Home Connect app. Dual evaporators prevent odor transfer and optimize freshness and bright LED lighting illuminates the entire interior. Available at Billy Wood Appliance. $8,300.

Most of us need our kitchen running full blast this time of year. Doing these quick touch-ups will help keep two of the most vital products in your home functioning at their best. Hope you enjoy the start of fall and a new school year.