How to Clean a Dishwasher

Dishwashers are stupendous appliances. They’re easy to use, they’re reliable, and they spare you from a mind-numbingly boring chore. Sometimes, however, the machine itself could use a good cleaning – dishwasher interiors can become scourged with food buildup, soap scum, and hard water stains, and you may need to take some time to restore it to its original glory. The good news is there are plenty of easy and safe cleaning options available; most are probably already in your kitchen cabinets! Here are some great methods for getting your dishwasher cleaner, with only the tiniest bit of effort.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher with Vinegar

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How Does a Self-Cleaning Oven Work?

Short answer: Heat, and lots of it!

Slightly longer answer: An oven’s self-cleaning function uses extremely hot temperatures to disintegrate the food debris that’s dirtying up the interior, saving you the trouble of tedious scrubbing with harsh chemical cleaners. This function usually takes several hours from start to finish, with the oven door automatically locked for safety the entire time. While self-cleaning ovens are incredibly convenient and can save plenty of time and effort, there are some important points to be aware of to maximize safe operation. Here are some key tips for using a self-cleaning oven!

 

How Often Should I Use My Oven’s Self-Cleaning Function?

Your oven’s self-cleaning sessions should be few and far between. The extreme temperatures … Read more...

Nutri Ninja vs NutriBullet – Which is Better?

If you’re looking to buy a bullet blender, you’ve most likely narrowed the field down to two of the most popular styles: Nutribullet v. Nutri Ninja. Before laying out your hard-earned money for one or the other, you’re probably interested in weighing your options to see which is the best choice. Read on, and by the end of this article, you’ll know exactly which bullet blender to buy!

Nutribullet Vs Nutri Ninja: The Similarities and Differences

At first glance, both blenders are extremely similar and offer a huge variety of great features. Both blenders have the same 900-watt motor for dependable power. Both include two blending cups for the single-serving size that make bullet blenders so desirable. Both bullet blenders … Read more...

What’s the Best Apartment-Size Washer and Dryer?

You’ve had it with trekking to the laundromat, and you’re ready to begin the doing-laundry-at-home chapter of your life. The only foreseeable issue: you live in an apartment, and thus aren’t exactly swimming in open space. Never fear! There are plenty of options available for the apartment-dwelling clothes launderer. If your apartment has an available laundry hookup and you’re ready to begin considering your at-home laundry options, we’ve got a breakdown of the best apartment washers and dryers!

The Stacked Washer and Dryer

This is probably the first style that comes to mind when you think of an apartment-size washer and dryer: A separate washer and dryer in a single unit. Most models have a top load washer serving as the … Read more...

Positive Vibes, Health, & Relaxation: All the Tools for a Great New Year!

If your New Year’s resolution is centered around increasing positive vibes and mindset, focusing on health, or taking the time to relax, we’ve got just the right tools to help you achieve your goals! Making a change for the better can involve even the slightest change. For instance, getting a new pillow can help your goal in getting a better night’s sleep. Or getting a slow cooker can promote relaxation: you relax while the Crock-Pot does the cooking! Let’s take a look at some ideas that can help you reach your goals this year:

Promoting Positive Vibes & Happiness

 Walt Whitman once said, “Keep your face always to the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” Here’s some tips for maintaining a positive mindset … Read more...

What are the Different Types of Kitchen Ventilation Hoods?

Maybe your kitchen is undergoing a total remodel, or maybe you’ve recently noticed your kitchen is smokier than usual while you’re cooking. Either way, you’ve decided it’s time for a new ventilation system! We’ve got a detailed breakdown of all the different types of range hoods and vents so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your home. Read on, and breathe easy!

 

Ducted vs. Recirculating Range Hoods

Before we get into the different styles of hood, let’s explain the two types of ventilation. A ducted ventilation system is one that leads outside, and empties out into the open air in the exterior of the home. If you don’t already have this system in place in your kitchen, … Read more...

Induction vs. Gas vs. Electric Cooktops

It’s time: you’ve decided to upgrade your kitchen’s cooking capabilities in the form of a new cooktop or range! Since the advent of induction cooking has brought a third option to the “Gas or Electric” dilemma, we’ve decided to take a look at the most notable differences between induction and those two classic options. Read on, and get a better idea of the perfect choice for your kitchen!

Induction vs. Gas Range

  • Simply put, many people are loyal to gas cooking because it’s the method most familiar to them. Many chefs prefer to use a cooking method they already know inside and out instead of switching to one they’ve never used before. When pitting induction cooktop vs gas cooktop, gas
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Tips to Make Black Friday Shopping Fun & Simple

Are you ready for the Black Friday craziness? Long lines, door-busters, shopping on Thanksgiving… just kidding!

Your friends at P.C. Richard & Son are here to help keep Black Friday SIMPLE! We’ve got your back with everything from exceptional customer service, installation, and servicing… it’s a VIP experience! We’ve even created some tips to make your shopping experience easy, fun, and enjoyable. With us on your side… you’ll be the ultimate #gifthero this holiday season.

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If you don’t already know where your local P.C. Richard & Son showroom is, you can use our store locator to find the most conveniently located showroom.

Shop with Ideas in Mind

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How to Fix a Refrigerator

There’s no ideal time for a malfunctioning refrigerator. You open your fully-stocked fridge and realize it’s lukewarm inside, or maybe you notice a puddle of water pooling up on the floor right next to it. Maybe your refrigerator’s water system isn’t working, or the ice dispenser is completely backed up. We know it’s frustrating, but before you call in reinforcements, you should be aware that many refrigerator problems can be easily fixed with either preventative maintenance, or with quick repairs you can do on your own. We’ve got a list of some common refrigerator snags and solutions, including the point where it’s best to call a professional!

Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

It’s exasperating when your refrigerator isn’t able … Read more...

What is Induction Cooking?

If you’ve recently been browsing for a new range or cooktop, you’ve probably seen the word “induction” come up often. You may be curious as to what it means, and how induction cooking works. It may feel risky to venture away from the comfort and predictability of the gas or electric cooktops you’ve known your whole life, but read on and learn more about this amazing cooking method. It’s incredibly efficient, it’s remarkably safe, and it may be the perfect addition to your kitchen!

How Does Induction Cooking Work?

You probably know that friction creates heat, right? Rubbing your hands together makes them warm, and rubbing them together faster makes them even warmer. This is pretty much the idea behind … Read more...