Thursday, January 19, 2017

Self-Cleaning Ovens VS Steam Cleaning Ovens

These two types of cleaning options are the most popular methods for cleaning ovens today.
According to most reports, less than half of the consumers who own a self-cleaning oven actually utilize the self-cleaning feature.

Self-Cleaning Ovens:
This type of oven utilized extreme heat to clean the oven; temperatures can reach up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme heat allows the residue in the oven to be carbonized and literally turn to ash. The ovens smooth enamel coating makes it very easy to wipe away the left over ash created from the self cleaning cycle. While in the self-cleaning mode the range will become very hot to the touch and you need to make sure to keep kids away. The amount of energy required for this type of cleaning is extremely high and time consuming because the cleaning cycle will last around 4 hours where the oven is unusable until the oven temperature drops to a safe temperature. This cleaning method also gives off a very strong smell that many consumers dislike.

  • This is a very effective cleaning process that leaves the oven very clean.

  • Utilizes high energy to clean
  • Extreme heat required for the job
  • Long processing times
  • Undesirable odors / smell from the process

 Steam Cleaning Ovens:
Like self-cleaning ovens a steam cleaning oven also utilizes heat to clean but only requires around 250 degrees Fahrenheit to do the job. This type of oven adds water to create steam that helps release the residue from the oven surface. This oven also uses a smooth enamel coating that makes removal of the leftover residue easy to wipe away. The cleaning cycle for this type of oven is usually around 1 hour making it easy to clean with more frequency. 

  • Very short time required for the cleaning (usually less than 30 minutes)
  • No odor / smell
  • More energy efficient due to utilizing lower temperature to clean
  • This is a very effective cleaning process that leaves the oven very clean

  • Effectively cleans the bottom of the oven but struggles with the walls and back of the oven.
  • My preference is the steam option but depending on your desires both have their pros and cons because who really wants to get on their hands and knees and scrub the inside of an oven with toxic chemicals?  

Here is a detailed checklist about the proper way to use the Steam Clean feature:

  • Do not use oven cleaners with Steam Clean.
  • Use the Steam Clean feature as soon as possible after spills occur. The longer you wait the more difficult it may be to remove.
  • Always allow the oven to cool before using the Steam Clean feature
  • Do not open the oven door during the cleaning cycle because the water in the bottom is hot.
  • Once the Steam cycle is complete, remove all remaining water and debris in the bottom of the oven.
  • Wipe any remaining moisture from the oven door interior, oven cavity interior sides.
  • For harder stains use a soft brush or nylon scrubber to wipe the oven interior.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Get in Shape for the New Year!

It’s the start of a brand new year, and if you’re like many people, one of your resolutions is to finally lose those ten pounds. But after the initial motivation of the new year has worn off, it can be tough to stick to your diet and fitness regimen and avoid temptations that can set you back from reaching your goals. Here are a few tips to keep you on track for the year so you can finally achieve the healthy lifestyle you want.

Set Your Goals and Stick to Them
Whether you seek to lose weight, build muscle, or simply improve your health by ramping up the level of fitness and good nutrition in your lifestyle, it is important to outline measurable objectives and milestones. This will not only help move you along on the road to wellness, but it can be very motivational to have mini-achievements on the path to the attainment of your overall fitness goals.

Do What You Love
Studies show that people are more likely to stick with a fitness routine if the activities that get them moving are something they actually enjoy. Don’t feel as though you have to be stuck on a treadmill in order to get in shape, unless of course that is something you legitimately like to do. While some people prefer high-intensity workouts such as boot camps and kickboxing, others may enjoy more low-impact cardio or dance-based aerobics like Zumba, or quiet, meditative practices like yoga. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, perhaps brisk walking or jogging in your neighborhood or hiking mountain trails is where you will find your fitness “happy place.” Whatever you do, if you make it something enjoyable that you look forward to doing, you’re less likely to find excuses to avoid exercise on a regular basis.

Make it a Habit
It has been said that in order for someone to form a habit of something, they need to do it for 21 days in a row. With this in mind, it is essential that you stick to your new fitness and diet plan every day when you’re first starting out. The rush of endorphins you feel from exercise combined with the feeling of accomplishment you receive from meeting your daily goal will become addictive in the very best way, and soon you’ll become one of those people who gets sad when they miss a daily workout. Making something a part of your daily routine and lifestyle is the easiest way to ensure that your healthy habits stick around for the new year and beyond.

Happy New Year! Share your resolutions with us in the comments section.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Why is Bosch 500 Series Dishwashers Rated so Highly???

Superb value is the simplest reason for the 500 series’ Bosch Dishwashers have high ratings. Here are 8 features that make these such a great value:

  1. Low 44 decibel sound rating, one of the lowest in the industry.
  2. “InfoLight”, a handy feature that projects a small red beam onto the floor beneath the dishwasher when a cycle is in operation. Since these are so quiet, this lets you know that it is on.
  3. Convenience features like the optional split-apart cutlery basket, customized tines, and a 3rd rack.
  4. Three different handle designs and 3 different finishes make it very likely you will find one to fit your kitchen.
  5. Each of these 500 series can be flushed-mounted with cabinetry to achieve a built-in aesthetic.
  6. The 500 series dishwashers are made in the US, New Bern, North Carolina.
  7. “AquaStop” leak protection, this will detect if the machine is leaking and automatically stop the cycle.
  8. “Speed Perfect” cycle cuts average times in half. This cycle runs in about an hour, instead of the typical 2 hours. This cycle uses more water though. 
The 500 series comes in a variety of exterior colors. Check out this 24" Recessed Handle Dishwasher 500 Series in Black.