How to Work Those New Appliances That Came with Your Apartment

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Does your new apartment have some upgraded appliances you’re not familiar with? Or, are they just so different from your old ones you are at a loss? Before we divulge our nuggets of wisdom, look for any manuals hidden in a top shelf, bottom drawer or back of the cabinet. If nothing is there, ask your landlord. You might also be able to download a manual off of the manufacturer’s website if you can locate a serial number. Barring that, we have some general tips that should help:

What Time Is It?

Almost no one has VCRs anymore, but we still have stove clocks that can be a mystery to change, depending on the model. Ideally, you have a pretty straightforward setup that just involves a “Clock” button, a manual setting of the time with the temperature keypad or up and down arrows to get to the right setting – then pushing “Enter” or “Set” or even “Clock” again. Others, though, might require a “Menu” button to get into the settings. More bizarre setups involve pushing a combination of buttons at the same time to enter a setup mode. This will likely require a manual to divulge the magic steps. 

Chill Out

Are your veggies wilting and spoiling days before they used to in your old refrigerator? This is likely because the temperature isn’t cold enough. Try turning it down a few degrees if you have a temperature readout, or down to the coldest notch. In order, however, to avoid ice forming on your more delicate produce, use the drawers. You should have two – one for vegetables and one for fruits. The vegetable drawer has vents that are kept closed to introduce more humidity to keep those items fresh. The fruit draw has vents that are open to keep moisture from building up. Both are designed for optimal storage longevity.

Dishwashing Heaven

A dishwasher is a welcome site for many homeowners – saving countless hours and hands on doing the dishes each week. They are pretty easy to use – just drop the soap in the container and press “Wash.” However, do keep in mind that very old plastic items cannot be put in the dishwasher as they will permanently melt onto the interior of the appliance. If in doubt, wash it by hand. Also, while small bits of food waste are generally ok, large amounts will clog the drain, especially greasy or cheesy bits. Be sure to rinse everything before placing in the dishwasher. 

Saving Water and Suds

That high-efficiency washing machine is going to save you money on your water bill and detergent expenses. Just be sure to only use soap expressly made for these machines. If you use traditional soap, there won’t be enough water to rinse out all the suds and you could potentially cause a leak which will damage the appliance, let alone your floor. Look for detergents with the lower case “he” on the bottle.

Sleek Yet Dirty

That gorgeous glass-top stove is a breeze as far as never again having to clean out drip pans. However, food spills don’t come off too easily and traditional cleaners can scratch the surface. Use soft towels and give a gentle wipe down, when cool, after every use, if possible. To clean baked-on gook, there are actually special cleaners for just this purpose, which can seem a little much, but work like a dream and a little goes a long way.

Hopefully our fast tips will help you chill, bake, and clean better in no time!


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