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Keeping Up with Laundry

It’s Sunday – the day that is supposed to be reserved for rest. However, when you look around your home you find loads of laundry that must be done. You begin to sort through the colors, the hand-wash, dry clean only – wishing you could have a break, only for the dryer to buzz so you can begin the folding and putting away process.

Laundry can be daunting for anyone, especially when you are in charge of doing it for multiple people in the household. You could be washing anything from stained clothing to comforters and it may feel like your whole day will be taken up, but it doesn’t have to be that way by implementing a simple routine of sorting.

First and foremost, sort! Don’t mix colors; it doesn’t end well. Dark and light-colored clothing should be washed separately in cold water, unless the tag notes otherwise. But, save the hot water for white, because it’s better for removing dirt and keeping whites white.

While it may seem fine to combine all of these in the dryer, don’t do that either. The colors still have the potential to bleed and more delicate clothing, such as sweaters can come into contact with zippers and create for a real mess during the tumble process.

Second, don’t mix fabric types. We’ve all made the mistake of throwing jeans and a light t-shirt in the wash together, and we’ve definitely noticed the shirt comes out a little faded and the design is rubbing off. That’s due to the friction of the dense material mixed with the liter material. The simple fix is to just wash jeans entirely separate.

While these are two things the pros of house-keeping have learned, do what works best for your individual family and of course, what’s on the label.

With these new tips in mind, the washer can hopefully now be a friend instead of dreaded Sunday enemy. At Modern Gas, we are equipped with many brands and models to choose from as well as a professional sales team ready to help you determine which washer will help you meet your needs. Come by our showroom today and look at the options available to you.

Optimizing Your Freezer Space

If your family is anything like ours, you probably have two freezers that are both bursting at the seams with tons of goodies. You shove one frozen meal on top of the next and they all come toppling out when you open up the door, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve found several ways to optimize freezer space, especially during the hot summer season when you need a place to put all those popsicles.

First and foremost, you want to freeze things flat, so they are easy to stack. If you have chicken breasts, you can line them up side by side, slide them all into a double sealed gallon bag and place them in the freezer. Not only does this make your next item
easy to fit in the freezer, but it reportedly helps them thaw quicker as well. However, freeze them in usable portions. This way when you only need a few pieces, everything won’t be one frozen mass and it won’t feel like a waste. Make sure to put what the item is on the front the bag and the date you put it in there so when you go to grab it there is no question that it is fresh and what you are looking for.

While larger items require bigger bags and more room, foods such as soup or pasta sauce should be placed in a single serving bag so you don’t have to take out an entire batch, and you can change up the flavor often. If you have bags of only one type of thing, you may quickly tire of it and end up throwing it all out.

After you’ve stacked everything in place, keep a log near your freezer of everything you’ve put in there and cross things out as you eat them. That way you know when you have pork chops in there and when there is no frozen fish left.

While meats and soups may seem obvious to freeze, there are tons of other items to freeze as well. Don’t be afraid to buy in bulk and put it in your freezer until you’re ready for it. Dairy products such as whole blocks of cheese and milk can be put in the freezer. Once you take out the cheese, let it thaw completely before putting it back in the refrigerator. You can also freeze shredded cheese and add flour or cornstarch to make sure it doesn’t clump together when it’s needed. Milk can also be frozen. The circle on the gallon bottle allows for expansion, but when taking it out make sure to shake it up so all the solids are remixed.

It can be easy to become overwhelmed with all the frozen necessities that need to be put away and stored immediately, but with these tips in mind your freezer can now be just as organized as everything else in your household. At Modern Gas, we are equipped with many brands and models to choose from as well as a professional sales team ready to help you determine which freezer will help you meet your needs. Come by our showroom today to look at the options available to you.

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