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5 Time-Saving Appliance Features We Often Overlook

Getting the Most Out of Your Appliances


We need all the help we can get, when it comes to saving time and making our appliances work better. Many of our products have really neat features that we often overlook or defer learning how to use them, only to forget overtime that they are even there. Here are five appliance features and how they can benefit you.

Cooking Range Programmable Timer:

If your range has a programmable timer, you could be preset it to start cooking your roast in the afternoon, for your main entree to be ready shortly after you arrive home from shopping or your daily commute. This works especially well when your roast or main dish is frozen and requires several hours to defrost before cooking.

Coffeemaker Programmable Timer:

Many coffeemakers have a programmable feature that enables you to prepare the coffee the evening before, set the timer and you can wake in the morning to the nice aroma of coffee brewing. Now that's a great way to wake up. The few minutes saved in the morning may be just enough to grab that quick breakfast.

Certain models have auto-off features and you may be able to adjust how long the coffeemaker keeps the coffee warm and waiting. This can save you the time involved in brewing another pot and it's a great feature especially with a thermal coffee carafe that keeps it fresh.

Washer - Presoak Option:

Most models of washing machines have presoak options. Once the soaking is complete, the regular cycle will commence. Utilizing this feature for your heavily-soiled laundry, may eliminate the need for a second washing and it may also produce a cleaner washload.

Washer & Dryer Permanent Press Settings:

It's so easy to just use the 'regular' or 'timed dry' options on your dryer, but the 'permanent press' or 'wrinkle-free' settings are designed to provide a cooling down period at the end of the drying cycle, and this is what lessens wrinkles and can eliminate or reduce ironing time.

Likewise, washers generally have a shorter cycle with a low spin. This setting is designed for your dress clothing and permanent press fabrics. The wringing action is lessened, reducing the wrinkles considerably. Hanging these items, or drying on a permanent press cycle, will result in less ironing and your clothes will look better and last longer.

Bread Machine - Delay Start Setting:

With this setting, you can plan for baked-bread just when you want it or as you arrive home. You can set it at night and wake to the smell of baked bread. One hint though, it's not wise to use a bread recipe with eggs when delaying operation for several hours. Delay start is also a big help when you're planning a special guest dinner and have many things to prepare. You can set it and forget it.

If you're not sure whether you have any of these neat features, or how to use them - refer to your product manual. Experiment with some of these until you are comfortable with the results. Many other appliances have such settings - make them work for you, that's what they're designed for.

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