July 12, 1997 |
I grew up in a household in which my mom regularly ran a white glove over the woodwork. Mom's no longer among the living, but if she were to pop down to my house, she would have one sorry-looking glove. When my children were small, I used to put away their toys while they were still playing with them. But the truth is, I am a secret slob - like so many of us. America's standards of housekeeping have taken a steep plunge. The number of hours Americans spend on housework keeps dropping, along with their interest in floor wax, scouring powders and deep cleansers.
December 23, 1997 |
The 25-year-old Bucks County man knew he was painted into a corner for committing two rapes and one attempted rape in the Art Museum area last summer. So Joseph N. Lynch, of Lahaska, Bucks County, a restaurant dishwasher, didn't attempt to color the truth by framing a defense yesterday. He pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin and was committed to prison to await sentencing. The judge ordered a background report and psychiatric tests. Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich told Temin that he wants to call the victims at the sentencing hearing.
April 13, 2012 |
I miss a lot of "special" weeks in this job, and the most recent victim was National Window Safety Week. While I doubt that the result was anything like the defenestration of Prague (the one in 1618, not 1419), I would be remiss if I did not mention at least a few safety tips provided to me by the folks at Marvin Windows: Keep windows closed and locked when not in use. If you open windows for ventilation, choose windows not easily reached by children. Install a window-opening control device to limit the window opening.
August 15, 2004 |
Now and then, emotion overtakes my mother as she works in the kitchen of her rural Pennsylvania home, where a collection of miniature pitchers marches across the top of the cabinets. Her husband - like her, in his early 70s - says she often exclaims, "I just love dishwashers!" when the "clean" light pops on. The other morning, as I was wedging my family's morning take of three plates, five forks and six coffee mugs into a dishwasher already nearly full, Mom was loading her own with one plate, two forks and a coffee cup. As we telephonically loaded together, she told me that she considers it a joyful task.
February 24, 2012 |
One of my favorite lines from television was delivered by Jonathan Harris, who played the diabolical yet cowardly Dr. Smith on Lost in Space. He and Will Robinson were out searching for iron pyrite, and as Will scanned the horizon with binoculars, he reported that his mother and older sister were doing laundry. "Spare me the dreary domestic story," Smith told him. Well, what Dr. Smith would consider dreary, we here at "Your Place" consider our meat and potatoes. So, when we write about dishwashers that produce glassware with a filmy coating, a tidal wave of e-mail leaves us floating in possible solutions.
September 26, 2008 |
Question: Just wondering if you might have any suggestions for me regarding ants running all over the inside of my dishwasher. It is on an exterior wall, and we have sprayed an ant-control compound outside. We have not had many ants inside the kitchen or the rest of the house, just the dishwasher. I have been pre-rinsing the dishes before putting them in. I run it about every other day. Answer: There must be a food source somewhere - maybe behind the dishwasher or under the dishwasher, or perhaps the filter is dirty and needs to be cleaned.
March 10, 2006 |
Dishwasher drawers have become hot commodities among folks looking to clean their plates in a smaller space. Choice is limited to two major manufacturers, Fisher & Paykel and KitchenAid, a division of Whirlpool Corp. Still, you should research before you buy - especially since a single drawer can run $800 or more, compared with $200 for a basic full-size dishwasher. Need to know: Dishwasher drawers are 24 inches wide and 22 inches deep, the same as a standard dishwasher. Where you save space is with the height of the unit.
September 27, 2015 |
Starting with a debate years ago over whether knives and forks should face up or down in the silverware basket, dishwashers have been an integral part of this column. Case in point: I reported a few weeks back about appliance manufacturers' opposition to proposed federal standards requiring that dishwashers' energy use be cut by 24 percent and water use by 38 percent, leaving 3.1 gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes in a normal wash cycle. I added a link to the proposed rules, so you could make up your own minds.
August 9, 2015 |
How many of you rinse off dishes first before putting them in the dishwasher? Since, to get out of cooking, I take care of cleaning up and that involves loading the dishwasher, I am a rinser. When I don't do it, any stray fleck of cheese is melted on the surface of the plates, requiring additional surface blasting to get the dishes clean. If you listen to the Home Appliance Manufacturers Association, the latest Department of Energy regulations to reduce dishwashers' water and energy consumption will have you washing dishes by hand to get them clean.
May 1, 1992 |
Dishwashers today are more energy-efficient than they used to be. In many cases, it actually costs less to use the dishwasher than to wash dishes by hand. Of course, your savings go down the drain if you wash only half a load. And it's also important to take care of this appliance to keep it in peak form. Check the door gasket from time to time. Clean it with vinegar and follow with a light coating of petroleum jelly. This may keep the dishwasher from leaking around the door. Check the bottom after every use to make sure food scraps - or eating utensils - haven't accumulated.