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Bathroom scales

by Julie Finch-Scally

I have noticed with my bathroom scales they can not only collect dust but also look dirty.  Now my scales happen to be white and I do realise black scales don’t show the dirt as much, but dust and dirt collect on the top and unfortunately infiltrate in to the workings inside.

Obviously keeping the outsides clean is fairly easy.  All it requires is a wipe over with a damp cloth and a bit of cream cleanser if the dirt is stubborn, whenever you give the bathroom a thorough clean.  But the insides are a different matter. 

Strangely bathrooms are dusty places.  Everytime you dry yourself down with a towel dust flies out and lands on the floor.  It is these dust kitties that hang around the scales and sit there until removed.

The top generally is wider than the base and is held on by the metal clipping over the bottom.  But to remove this would be difficult and I would not recommend it.  If you have turned over your scales to see how the base is held on to the top you will have noticed the dust collected in the rim where the bottom and the top are joined.

To remove this get the corner of a damp cloth and run that corner along the gap taking the dust with it.  When the cloth gets too dirty use another corner. If you store your scales on an end there will also be dirt along the side.  Once again a damp cloth is needed to remove this dust. 

But how about the dust inside?  You could try vacuuming around and over the scales with the tube nozzle attached to the vacuum arm, but probably the best way is to get a dry small brush and while holding the scales in one hand brush the bristles down away from you flicking inside any gap along the bottom or the top.

My routine is to use the small brush first to remove any dry dust where the brush can reach, then take a damp cloth and wipe over the metal to remove any dirty marks or stuck on dust.

Scales are part of a bathroom and keeping them clean is just as important.  Next time you weigh yourself, remember to give the scales a bit of a clean.  Who knows you might weigh just that much less.    


Softener dispenser drawer in washing machine

by Julie Finch-Scally

We have a front loading washing machine in our home.  I have always found front loaders the better machine as they are easier to handle and take up less room.  I have never had a problem with the new machine we purchased a couple of years ago, but recently the softener section of the distribution drawer has not been emptying. 

When I say the space allocated to the softener hasn’t been emptying I mean just that.  In fact that area has completely filled up with water and after a couple of washes I have had to remove the whole drawer to empty the water and remaining softener down the sink.

To empty out the drawer I would remove the top section that covered the softener receptacle.  I always looked to see whether there was a blockage but I could not find anything resembling a lump that could clog up the cavity where the water is supposed to filter.

By chance while putting on some more washing on the weekend I happened to mention this to Hubby.  Being the weekend and the engineer that he is, he had the time and inclination to look into the matter.  A couple of hours later he had the solution.  It was all to do with water pressure.

It would seem a few months ago Hubby had decided to reduce the water pressure to stop the pipes hammering as the water turned off and on during the washing cycle.  He discovered that if the water pressure was too low the flow of water through the softener section of the distribution drawer was not enough to force the water and softener up and in to the tube at the back.  This meant the water and the softener stayed there causing what looked like a blockage. 

Of course I wasn’t aware that Hubby had changed the water pressure, so didn’t understand why everything had suddenly gone wrong.  In fact I had been seriously thinking of getting the mechanic out to have a look.  So it was a good thing Hubby realised the problem.  At least I wouldn’t have egg on my face by calling out the mechanic to discover it was our fault.

So: moral of the story.  For a front loader washing machine there is a certain water pressure requirement needed to enable the softener liquid to flow into the machine during the final rinse.  It might mean one has to put up with bumps and thumps as the water turns off and on, but that is a small price to pay for the machine working properly.   

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