Author: Jerry Wilson

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How to Clean Your Portable Ice Maker

If properly maintained, your portable ice maker should last many years and greatly benefit your home. Check out the video below, which will walk you through the steps I’ll cover in this article. An important step toward maintaining your portable ice maker is making sure that it’s cleaned regularly. If you’re not careful, mold or harmful bacteria can grow inside your ice maker and make you sick. Can Bacteria Grow in Ice Makers? All ice makers get surprisingly dirty over time. It’s because ice makers create the perfect location for bacteria and mold to grow. Bacteria and viruses can live in freezing…

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Girl Reading a Book at Home

Teaching a beginner how to read can be a daunting task. I get it. Where do you even start? What do I teach them? What are the tricks and tips needed to successfully teach a beginner to read? In this article, I will walk you through the exact steps I used to teach my daughter how to read. It’s not as complicated or difficult as you may think. When my daughter was five years old, she struggled to read. I searched the internet for the absolute best way to give my daughter the best possible way to read. When I…

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Crystal glass in the dishwasher

Crystal glassware is a type of glassware that has high clarity and brilliance. It is usually lead-free crystal glass. To clean crystal glassware, you must use warm water, dishwashing liquid, and towels or sponges. You can also use a household cleaner approved for cleaning lead-free crystal. Related: How to Clean and Charge Your Crystals Let’s learn about why crystal glass is so difficult to clean, some easy-to-follow steps for cleaning it, and when to replace your crystal glass. Why is Crystal Glass so Hard to Clean? The reason behind the difficulty in cleaning crystal glass is that it is a…

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woman hanging laundry outdoor

You may have seen it on television where a washing machine breaks down and they just toss their clothes in a dishwasher, but that’s just the movies. In real life, using a dishwasher to wash your clothes will end up damaging your clothes or your dishwasher. Dishwashers are meant for dishes, obviously. Yet, it’s far more than just that. A dishwasher uses harsh detergents, extremely hot water and can’t rinse the clothes like a standard washing machine. Also, you don’t get the agitator to constantly beat out the clothes to eliminate stains and dirt. Adding your clothes to a dishwasher…

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Fries from a deep fryer and air fryer

We all want to eat healthier. Am I right? One of the ways that we can accomplish this is by replacing the foods that we commonly eat with healthier choices. Instead of fries replace them with a nice garden salad, or maybe replace cookies and cake with fresh fruit. These are all good choices and are good steps to a healthier lifestyle. Related: A Freeze Dryer Vs. Dehydrator What if we want a treat? Can we have the flavor of fried food without regret? Well, sort of. Changing out your deep fryer for a new air fryer is a good…

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If you’re looking for a portable ice maker that makes wonderful soft nugget ice, then the NewAir 44lb. Nugget Countertop Ice Maker is a sure fit for you. I mean, who doesn’t like nugget ice? My family goes crazy over nugget ice and there is a good reason why, and when I unpacked this Newair Nugget Ice Maker they were so excited to see it in action. Related: This Portable Ice Maker has made our recommended products list. Related: Newair Nugget Ice Maker Review NewAir supplied me with a sample of this ice maker to test it out, and as…

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How Much is a Freeze Dryer

If you’re thinking of buying a freeze dryer, you’re likely doing a lot of research before making your purchase. Of course, one of your top concerns will be how much the machine will cost you, but don’t worry. This guide will tell you everything you need to know. Related: Harvest Right Sales Freeze dryers can cost anywhere between $2,000 to $5,000 or more, depending on the brand and model that you choose. But that price tag isn’t the only thing you’ll pay. Owning a freeze dryer will also cost you money for the necessary accessories plus operating and maintenance costs.…

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Almond Milk

Folks all over the world have fallen in love with almond milk! An excellent replacement for traditional cow’s milk, it’s not just vegans, those that are lactose intolerant, or folks with food sensitivities that are climbing on board the almond milk bandwagon, either. But as popular as almond milk is right now, plenty of folks wonder whether this can be used in cooking the same way that dairy milk is used. We are happy to tell you that you can cook with almond milk – and you can bake with it, too! Sure, you need to develop a couple of…

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How to Make Ice Without an Electric Freezer

If you are looking to make some ice without the assistance of an electric freezer, then I have a few methods that may work for you. Maybe you’re looking to make ice off-grid, or just need some ice and don’t have a functioning freezer. Ice is an essential method for preserving perishable food, at least it used to be before freezers came onto the scene. But ice isn’t just used for preserving food, it’s also great to keep our beverages cool and refreshing. Related: How to Make Ice Without Ice Cube Trays It is possible to make ice without the…

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Would you buy a smart toilet?

In a world of smart devices, there is none as surprising to me as a smart toilet. I’ve heard of smart toothbrushes, smart lights, smart TVs, and even smart cars, but smart toilets? How did we get to this place in our world that even our toilets are smart? But it’s where we find ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing, but is owning a smart toilet necessary? I’m just going to be frank with you, have we gotten to this place in our society where we’re too lazy to flush a toilet, or do these smart…

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People know that with a Scotsman ice machine, you will never go wrong. Scotsman does have a truly stellar reputation for its long experience in ice maker-dispensers. HID312A-1 Meridian Countertop Air Cooled Ice Machine and Water Dispenser are designed to be the finest on the market for their top list durability, efficiency, reliability, and convenience. Compact Design This compact machine will fit anywhere space is available for its size of 16 1/4 in (W) x 24 3/8 in (D) x 35 in (H). But to maximize its performance, the location of the equipment should be selected with care. Consideration should…

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Cleaning a portable ice maker is no fun. It takes valuable time and effect to make sure that your ice is clean and tastes great. Yet, there is a way that you can skip a few steps when you clean your portable ice maker, and that’s by purchasing a self-cleaning ice maker. Several years ago, if you wanted a self-cleaning ice maker, then you’d have to purchase a commercial ice maker, and that would set you back a couple of thousand dollars. However, as technology advanced and units have gotten smaller, we now have that self-cleaning option in smaller portable…

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Are Harvest Right Freeze Dryers Worth It?

In a world of ever-advancing technology, sometimes it can be difficult to know the difference between a great investment, or a costly fad. We might have turned our noses up at Bitcoin because we were saving for Google Glass. Or maybe we preferred our minidisc player, thinking that MP3 music was never going to take off. So, what about a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer? Is it worth the investment, or is it an expensive trend that will soon go out of fashion? There’s no denying that a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer is an expensive piece of kit, but for those…

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Download My Free Daily Chore Chart PDF

Having an easy-to-follow chore chart is a great way to organize the chores you would like your children to complete throughout the week. With all of the resources available to us, it’s easy for us to create a chore chart that helps our children to see these accomplishments. Not only are chore charts great for kids, but they are also great for the entire household. Giving kids chores is a great way to teach them organization, responsibility, and hard work. Creating a chore chart will keep you and your children organized, as well as show them a sense of accomplishment.…

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Ways to be happily married

Our life is filled with relationships. Every relationship in our life needs care and effort to make it strong. Marriage is no different. If you are looking to create a strong marriage, then there are steps that you can take to build a solid foundation. I’ve been married for 16 years, and it’s not always been perfect. We cannot be deceived by the Instagram posts that show perfect marriages all of the time. Unfortunately, real life isn’t clearly demonstrated on social media. It was Audrey Hepburn who once said, If I get married, I want to be very married.Audrey Hepburn…

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Frigidaire EFIC235-AMZ Countertop Nugget Ice Maker

The Frigidaire EFIC235-AMZ Countertop nugget ice maker gives you another alternative to the popular Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker. Related: NewAir Countertop Nugget Ice Maker The EFIC235-AMZ produces 44 pounds of TRUE nugget ice. The style of this ice maker isn’t like the others on the market. It’s narrow design is perfect for small spaces, and I found the pull-down ice bin to be a great idea. The ice that this unit produced was soft and chewable, and it makes enough ice for the entire family. I love the stainless steel design on the ice bucket, and the simple controls…

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If you’re looking for a fridge for your garage, then you’ve come to the right place. We recently had the opportunity to review the Gladiator Garageworks Fridge, and we’re pretty shocked with our findings. I want to begin by saying that I recommend the Gladiator Garageworks fridge and freezer for anyone that’s looking for a rugged-looking fridge and freezer for their garage. This fridge and freezer is a perfect addition to any garage. I love that this fridge has casters so you can move it around to clean behind it and it makes rearranging your garage easy. I love the…

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​Everyone that owns a home bar knows the importance of ice. It’s ice that makes your cocktails so delightful and ice that keeps the shrimp cold. No one wants to be running to the store to pick up a bag of ice during a party, or filling up ice cube trays, only to run out. Freezer ice can often absorb flavors and can ruin your drinks. Ice maker ice is fresh and doesn’t have any extra flavors.The Best Ice Maker For a Home Bar: Top Ice Makers ReviewedIf you are serious about your home bar, then you must have an…

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Kids with ice cream

Summer seems to be on its way, but with it could come more restrictions than normal. In a year where kids may not quite get to have the holiday they usually would, it means having to find ways to bring the fun to them. Now, nothing says “summer” quite like ice cream! What’s more, making your own with your kids could mean not only that it’s fun and creative but also that it’s cheaper in the long run than buying from the store. And, of course, by making your own ice cream, you can rest assured you know exactly what’s…

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The Opal Nugget Ice Maker is a fantastic piece of modern machinery but even the best-engineered devices will eventually have an issue or two. Thankfully, with a few tips, you can fix most issues that may arise with your ice maker to get it up and running like new again. Related: NewAir Nugget Ice Maker Review Related: Opal Nugget Ice Maker Review Related Opal Nugget Ice Maker 2.0 Review In this article we are going to address some common Opal Nugget Ice Maker problems and give you some steps so that you can remediate the issues on your own. Please…

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Euhomy Countertop Clear Ice Maker Review

This Euhomy Portable Ice Maker produces cubed, clear ice and is a perfect addition to your home. I recently received this ice maker as a sample from Euhomy to test and review for my readers. As always, I will give you an honest review and let you know if this is a portable ice maker you should purchase. Related: Check out my review on another small compact Euhomy Countertop Ice Maker that Produces Bullet-Shaped Ice The Euhomy Countertop Clear Ice Maker is different from other portable ice makers on the market, as it produces cubed, clear ice. This ice maker…

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