DINNERWARE: CERAMIC DINNERWARE Ceramic is a word that applies to the process of making clay vessels and to the finished products, including china and porcelain. Certain signs indicate inferior china- major trouble signs are: Thick areas called puddles in plates and saucers. They show up when piece is held up to light. Blisters, pitting, bumps or […]READ MORE
With so many electric appliances these days, it’s a wonder what we ever did before coffeemakers and toasters? And while variety is the spice of life, electric appliances come in many different shapes and sizes to perform many different functions. This section will help to simplify all the different electric appliances so that you can find the one that most suits your needs.
But while these houseware items certainly make life easier, they should not be used haphazardly. By following just a few safety tips like not yanking on the cord to disconnect a plug from a socket, replacing worn and damaged cords and turning off an appliance before unplugging it, accidents in the home can be avoided.
GARBAGE CANS Galvanized steel and plastic are materials used in the manufacture of garbage and trash cans. Galvanized cans are durable but may be subject to rust in damp climates; plastic containers are lighter weight and will not rust but can be blown about by a strong wind. Galvanizing is fusing rust and corrosion-resistant zinc […]READ MORE
Most plastic housewares are either- thermoplastic or thermosetting plastic. THERMOPLASTICS Kitchen storage items and food preparation utensils are examples of thermoplastics which include rigid or flexible polyethylene, nylon, vinyl and acrylics. In the manufacturing process, heat and pressure are applied to dry materials in a mold. The finished product melts when re-subjected to heat, making […]READ MORE
STORAGE UNITS Turntables, racks, shelves, bins and drawers are particularly efficient for storing smaller items. Also useful are the door and wall units that organize larger items. Turntables are 10-1/2″ to 21″ in diameter, single or double tier, some with lidded plastic containers or bin-like sides and partitions up to 7″ deep. They are useful in […]READ MORE
IRONING TABLES AND COVERS Most ironing tables have perforated or metal-mesh tops that allow heat and steam to circulate and rubber-tipped tubular legs to prevent slipping or marring floors. Table heights are adjustable. Other convenience features include built-in cord holders, outlets with extension cords, or flaps on both sides of the table that can be extended to […]READ MORE
Household furniture, much of it ready-to-assemble (RTA) for easy transporting, fills a need for attractive, lightweight, conveniently stored tables, chairs and stools for informal living and entertaining. With plated steel legs, padded seats, colored or woodgrain vinyl tops and styles to go with any home decorating plan, these pieces can become a permanent household item […]READ MORE
Canning is a very broad term. There are three types of canning: water bath for processing acid foods (fruits, tomatoes, pickles, relishes) at 212 degrees F; steam-pressure canning for processing low-acid foods (most vegetables, meats, soups) at 240 degrees F; and open kettle (for jellies only) which involves simply cooking and pouring into sterilized jars. […]READ MORE
Electric Floor Polishers and Scrubbers – Floor polishers and scrubbers leave floors with a longer-lasting polish with less effort. Features vary from model to model, but top-of-the-line appliances have three-speed motors to scrub and apply wax at lower speeds and polish at higher speeds. They also may have extra brushes that convert them to rug shampooers. […]READ MORE
METAL COOKWARE Metal transfers heat quickly and evenly from the heat source to the food; this, and its durability, make it an efficient and popular cookware material. Metal cookware sales will also get a boost from the popularization of induction cooktops. In induction cooking, heat is transferred through magnetic attraction. So the cookware used must be […]READ MORE
HAMPERS Hampers in many colors and finishes, made of several materials including wicker, vinyl and wood. Proper ventilation is necessary to keep damp clothes and towels from mildewing. A fiber or wicker hamper, coated to resist splintering and warping, offers good ventilation, while others have padded tops. BATH SCALES Quality is the most important feature for […]READ MORE