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How to Fix Appliances Yourself and Save Tons of Money

The other day, our dryer quit working how it’s supposed to.  We have an LG dryer that we bought to go with our washing machine when we bought our house ten years ago.  It has a special sensor that can tell when the clothes are dry, and I love it! There is no guessing and no over drying clothes, which leads to tons of static.  I had put a load of wet clothes into the dryer, set it on “normal”, and went about my business doing my chores.  After about an hour (much longer than usual), I went to check on it and discovered the dryer said it had six minutes remaining in the cycle.  I stopped it, opened the dryer, and found the clothes were beyond dry and hot.  I figured it was a fluke, put in the next load, and then continued doing what I was doing.  The same thing happened- I went down to check on them and saw again that the dryer was displaying six minutes left in the cycle.  Gah. Not good.  I freaked out, […]

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Don’t Use Homemade Laundry Detergent.

Years ago, I hopped on the homemade laundry detergent train.  I thought it was cheaper, more natural, and worked just as well as commercial laundry detergent.  I used it in my high efficiency front loading washing machine for years until we had Penny and then I decided to try a different laundry detergent on our cloth diapers.  I figured they were the dirtiest laundry I would probably ever wash so I wanted a heavy duty detergent (aka not homemade) to tackle the filthy diapers.  I bought liquid Ecos laundry detergent to try, as it is Earth friendly and claims to be “green”.  It didn’t work very well for cloth diapers as it’s a pretty gentle detergent and the liquid I bought didn’t contain enzymes.  At that point I decided to try to use it up on my regular laundry when the homemade ran out. That is when the oil spots started appearing on our laundry.  I would put in clothes that I knew didn’t have oil spots on them in the wash, and they would come out like this.  I […]

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