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Many people hardly consider the fact that their dishwasher needs cleaning after it is done washing all the dishes. Because of that, a lot are confused about how to go about cleaning and maintaining their dishwasher. Yet, cleaning and maintaining a dishwasher doesn’t have to be tedious. With proper maintenance, you increase the lifespan, giving it all it needs to run smoothly and effectively. 

With just fifteen minutes every month, you can give your dishwasher a thorough cleaning. Your dishwasher, in turn, will reward you with years of excellent service and dedication to you. Some simple ways to maintain and repair your dishwasher are:

Consult the Owner’s Manual

The owner's manual is an excellent place to start in cleaning your dishwasher. If you cannot find your owner's manual, I am pretty sure there will be one available online. In the owner's manual, I am pretty sure you will have instructions about maintenance as well.With the make and model of your dishwasher, getting it online shouldn't be much stress if you do not have a copy.

Unclog the Sprayer Arms and Nozzles

To get to the sprayer arm, you would have to remove the dishwasher racks. Then, check the nozzles on the sprayer arms and get rid of any clogs with a pipe cleaner or toothpick.

Clean the Drain

The plug for the sink is under the strainer. Hence, you should unplug the dishwasher, especially for built-in models. Also, turn off the circuit breaker to be sure. Be sure to refer to the owner's manual to confirm if the tray by the drain can be removed entirely or just slides off. Get rid of debris or food drain under the unit. 

Inspect the racks

Check the racks for chips and repair. If you discover that the dishwater rack looks bad or worn, rack paint for dishwashers comes in assorted colors. You will be sure to find a shade of paint that goes with the rack. You can get one from the manufacturer or online. You can get replacement racks if your dishwasher is already severely rusted.

Get rid of Soap Scum by running Vinegar through the Dishwasher Cycle

Allow the touch-up paint to dry up if you replaced the racks. You need to run a cup of vinegar on the top shelf of the dishwasher and run a complete cycle. We recommend using a packet of unsweetened lemon-flavored drink mix alongside the vinegar. You should pour it in the detergent compartment and run it through a cycle. 

 If your dishwasher is still showing signs of water wastage or inefficient cleaning of dishes, contact an electrician to help you check it out.


Technology appears to be advancing faster than we can keep up with it. From turning on lights and regulating the temperature just before you arrive home to having your own personal smartphone butler, there’s a large number of gadgets and devices churned out each day that make life easier and more comfortable. If you consider yourself tech savvy enough, you should consider adding any of these smart home gadgets to your home.

  1. Smart Purifiers: Smart air purifiers have only one job – make sure you only breathe the cleanest air possible. They don’t just remove dust and allergens from the air; they also get rid of odors and unpleasant smells too so your lungs never have reason to complain.
  2. Smart Mirrors: Like a character from a Disney fairytale cartoon, smart mirrors can display notifications about the weather, traffic, tasks and events in your calendar, and emails while you get ready for the day.
  3. Smart Espresso Machines: So you like your coffee black on long days and milky on weekends? Smart espresso machines will save you the stress of reminding your wife why today’s coffee should be black. You can program your order for any day of the week into it, and it will remotely make your coffee for you as soon as you hit your smart alarm snooze button. What’s more, they can keep track of coffee beans and let you know when it’s time to restock.
  4. Wi-Fi enabled crock pot: You probably know the struggles of dashing to the kitchen at ten-minute intervals to check if your pasta needs draining. With this pot, you can control the temperature and cook time of whatever gourmet dish you are making from an app on your phone.
  5. Smart Blender: Smart blenders connect to an app on your phone via Bluetooth or wireless and allow you to track down nutritional information and calories about your favorite fruits and vegetables as you mix up your smoothies.
  6. Robotic lawn mower: Admit it, mowing isn’t your favorite chore. No worries about that, you can get a robotic lawnmower that takes care of overgrown grass for you. Worried about theft? It has an inbuilt anti-theft lock.
  7. Smart video doorbell: A smart video doorbell allows you to see visitors at your front door from the comfort of your mobile phone wherever you are. Its motion sensors also send you notifications when it senses movements outside your door. Need any other tech gadget not included here, ask your local tech store to see what options they have. 

Want to know if the latest and greatest tech is right for your home? Ask your real estate agent about the best options.


After you accept an offer on your house, it is only a matter of time before you need to move out. This means a home seller will need to start packing up his or her belongings and figure out which items need to stay and which items need to go.

Ultimately, it often pays to leave high-quality items behind as part of a home sale. And if you include top-notch items as part of a home listing, you may be better equipped than other home sellers to receive multiple outstanding homebuying proposals.

Determining which items to leave behind as part of a home sale can be simple. In fact, here are three of the most common items that home sellers choose to offer in a home listing:

1. Refrigerator

If you intend to move into a house that already has a refrigerator, there may be no need to bring your current refrigerator to your new address. Thus, you can include your current refrigerator as part of your home listing.

A refrigerator that looks and performs great may be worth several hundred dollars. Therefore, this appliance could become a key part of a tight negotiation with a homebuyer and may help you move closer to finalizing a home sale agreement.

Of course, if you include your refrigerator in your home listing, you also won't have to worry about moving this big, heavy appliance to your new address.

2. Washer and Dryer

Your washer and dryer have helped you keep your clothes clean and dry for many years. Now, these appliances may prove to be exceedingly valuable to a homebuyer who wants to avoid the hassle of shopping for a new washer and dryer.

If possible, it may be worthwhile to include a washer and dryer in a home listing. Plus, you can include information about the age and condition of your washer and dryer to help your home listing stand out from others.

3. Big-Screen TV

A big-screen TV that served as the centerpiece of your living room or man cave may be tough to move. Thankfully, you can include this item in a home listing and make it simple for a homebuyer to enjoy a wonderful TV as soon as he or she buys your house.

Determining which items to leave behind as part of a home sale sometimes can be tough. Fortunately, if you work with a real estate agent, you can get expert assistance as you put together a home listing.

A real estate agent is happy to provide comprehensive support throughout the home selling process. He or she will learn about your home and help you craft a home listing that highlights your house's features. In addition, a real estate agent will set up home showings, respond to your home selling concerns and questions and much more.

When it comes to selling your house, don't hesitate to leave various first-rate items behind. By doing so, you may be able to make your home more attractive to potential homebuyers and boost your chances of a fast home sale.