- Always replace the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year—choose holidays or family birthdays as reminders.
- Unplug small electrical appliances, such as blenders, toasters, etc. after using them.
- Check appliance hoses and ventilation according to owner’s manuals.
- Sanitize small electrical appliances after each use; unplug and allow to cool before cleaning.
- Use only distilled water in steam irons to prevent mineral buildup.
- Strap the water heater firmly to wall studs to avoid it from moving during an earthquake.
- Repair minor drips and leaks as they occur, don’t allow the problem to develop in to a major issue.
- Invest in quality shower heads and faucets as they last longer, and over the course of their life pay for themselves.
- Circumvent flushing anything but toilet paper down the toilet.
- Use only dishwasher detergent in recommended amounts Load dishwasher properly—and run only when you have a full load.
- Load more fragile items on the top rack of the dishwasher.
- Do not put fibrous foods down the disposal, including celery, corn husks, and potato skins. Never put rice (uncooked or cooked) down the garbage disposal.
- To freshen your disposal, occasionally grind a half lemon or lime while running cold water.
- Run a strong flow of cold water through garbage disposal throughout grinding and for at least 30 seconds after turning off grinder.
- If you have a self-cleaning oven, do not use any other method to clean it.
- Clean the interior of your oven regularly.
- Clean refrigerator compartment regularly, even though it does not require defrosting.
- Wipe up spills in the refrigerator promptly to avoid staining and odors.
- Clean coils with a condenser coil brush.
- Once a year slide the refrigerator out and vacuum around and beneath it.
- Defrost freezers about once a year, before frost is 1/2 inch thick on inside walls and clean. Use a plastic or wooden scraper, not a sharp instrument.
- When storing items in the door, place the heaviest items closest to the hinge side; this will reduce stress on the door and inner door panel when it is opened and shut.
- Do not use metal pans or containers with metal trim.
- Clean microwave oven and removable glass shelves regularly; food residue keeps reheating and can cause the glass shelves to break.
- Clean around microwave door to prevent soil buildup which could keep the door from closing tightly.
- Only use mild soap and/or baking soda mixture to clean the interior to avoid damaging the lining.
- Keep gas burners free of dirt and debris.
- Clean exposed metal of range hoods regularly with sudsy water—do not use abrasive pads or scouring powders, as they may scratch the finish.
- Occasionally clean the metal filter in warm, sudsy water. Charcoal filters should be replaced once a year.
- Never spray cleaners directly onto the control panel. Put some cleaner on a soft, damp rag, and then wipe the surface.
- Do not overload washing machine and choose appropriate level for size of load.
- Heavy clothing such as jeans and towels should be spread out over two or more loads to avoid added strain to the machine.
- Do not spill laundry products on exterior of washer or dryer: porcelain can be damaged by the chemicals.
- Do not spray stain removers onto garments on top of washer or dryer: it can corrode painted or plastic parts.
- Clean dryer lint filter before each load.
- Clean out exhaust vent system at least once a year. Be sure to vent dryer outside never into the house.
- Clean the washer and dryer exterior regularly. Wipe the dryer door opening occasionally. Never clean the dryer drum with flammable solvents.
- Have the heating/cooling systems serviced annually.
- Check the filters on your heating/cooling unit clean or replace as needed.
- Do not operate an air conditioner unit or furnace on an extension cord! The compressor draws a lot of current and can be damaged if insufficient voltage is continually supplied.
- Keep a proper water level at all times.
- Maintain chemical balance.
- Clean basket strainers regularly.