When it gets Hot Out

Do you have outdoor space that would be the perfect place to hang out in during the summer? You probably imagined having a backyard oasis when you chose your home. Yet the reality may be a little different when the sun gets a bit too bright and bears down on you and your guests.

There is a solution for this very problem, and it’s a simple fix that can help transform that hot, bright patio or deck into a truly flexible outdoor haven. That’s right, it’s time to consider adding an awning to your home.

What Is an Awning?

Awnings were very popular features of homes prior to widespread air conditioning systems, and even persisted after central air was common to help shade windows and porches. You still see them as standard features on recreational vehicles, but they’re also coming back as important parts of a home’s exterior.

These large shades, made of materials like durable cloth or aluminum, are simple to install, relatively inexpensive, and create pools of shade immediately. Unlike trying to grow trees for shade, which can take years and years, or installing temporary shades like sail shades, awnings are fast and permanent solutions to your heat puddle woes.

In the past, they only came as fixed units, so once installed, they were where they were, even if you needed there to be more sunlight in the shaded space at certain times of the year. Today, however, you can choose between fixed awnings and retractable awnings, and even awnings that have remote controls to help you open and close them whenever you feel like it.

Retractable Versus Fixed

Because there are so many awning types available today, it can be hard to decide which one is ideal for your situation. Perhaps the most important question you need to ask yourself is if you’d be better off with a retractable awning or a fixed awning. Both have their pros and cons.

Fixed awnings are generally very sturdy, and can be less expensive because of the lack of additional mechanisms required to make them open and close. They don’t need a lot of maintenance because they have no moving parts, so besides the occasional wash, they mostly just hang around. Fixed awnings are great for patios that you’d like to shade year-round, or for places like above windows or doors that let far too much sun into your home.

Retractable awnings, on the other hand, can be an important part of your home’s climate management, even if they also double as shades for entertainment spaces. Because they can retract, you can close these awnings when the weather starts to cool off to allow the sun to help warm your home through passive solar heating. Even if you don’t need the thermal help, they can be closed before bad storms or heavy snows, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

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Freestanding Awnings Offer Flexible Solutions

If you’re not quite sure where you want your awning installed, or that you want it installed on your home at all, a freestanding awning might be the right solution for you. They’re great for backyards and pool areas, creating a lot of shade exactly where you need it, without being dependent on the location of a nearby wall.

Like building-mounted awnings, freestanding awnings come in a variety of materials, designs, and with retractable or fixed options. The only difference is that instead of being mounted on a building, they’re mounted on top of legs, much like a pop-up canopy. There is some risk with this design of wind damage, so if you’re in a windy area, make sure to choose one rated for high wind speeds and mount it securely to the ground.

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It can be hard to choose the right awning for your home, but you don’t have to do it alone. Just reach out to your HomeKeepr community for the very best awning installers in your area. Joining HomeKeepr is absolutely free, so why not give it a try and see what kind of awning solutions are available in your area? https://app.homekeepr.com/scott-stephens/register/homeowner

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Jack & Jill Bedrooms or Bathroom?

A Jack-and-Jill bathroom is a space that works in conjunction with two bedrooms, allowing the spaces to have a conjoining, en suite bathroom. Traditionally, Jack-and-Jill bathrooms were found in homes for larger families and were shared by siblings. Toying with incorporating a Jack-and-Jill bathroom into your home? Here are some things to know about this bathroom style. A true Jack-and-Jill bathroom is situated between two bedrooms and can be locked from either entrance. It can also sometimes be accessible from a third hall entrance.

They typically have a dual vanity with separate sinks and share one toilet. While having a full-size Jack-and-Jill bathroom can be convenient for larger families, there are some disadvantages such as lack of privacy. If this is the only other bathroom aside from the bathroom in the primary suite, guests will have to walk through a bedroom to reach the bathroom, which could be uncomfortable. And, if you’re planning to sell your home in the future, a bathroom like this could be less appealing to buyers who don’t have large families or similar needs. Would you want a Jack-and-Jill bathroom in your home? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Ways Rate Hikes could Affect You

Obviously mortgage interest rates are going up. Yet they are not always driven like you might think.

To keep up with the surging cost of living, consumers are spending more and saving less — and rising interest rates aren’t helping the matter.

Next week, the Federal Reserve likely will raise rates by another three-quarters of a percentage point, although some on Wall Street still think it could opt for a full percentage point increase. 

Fed officials have already raised benchmark short-term borrowing rates 1.5 percentage point this year, including June’s 75 basis point increase, which was the largest increase in nearly three decades. A basis point equals 0.01%. Policymakers have indicated even more increases are coming until runaway inflation begins to show clear signs of a pullback.  

“With the hot month-over-month and year-over-year numbers coming in as they have, this tells the Federal Reserve it has more work to do with higher interest rates to eventually achieve its mandate of stable prices, or lower inflation, in this case,” said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com.

Five ways the rate hike could affect you

Any action by the Fed to raise rates will correspond with a hike in the prime rate, sending financing costs higher for many types of consumer loans.

Short-term borrowing rates will be the first to jump. “Variable-rate debt tends to follow Fed moves within one to three statement cycles,” said Greg McBride, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst.

Here’s a breakdown of five things that rate increase could mean for you, in terms of how it may affect your credit card, car loan, mortgage, student debt and savings deposits.

1. Credit cards

Since most credit cards have a variable rate, there’s a direct connection to the Fed’s benchmark. As the federal funds rate rises, the prime rate does as well, and credit card rates follow suit.

Annual percentage rates are currently at 17.13%, on average, but could be closer to 19% by the end of the year, which would be an all-time record, according to Ted Rossman, a senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com.

That means anyone who carries a balance on their credit card will soon have to shell out even more just to cover the interest charges:

  • If the Fed announces a 75 basis point hike next week as expected, consumers with credit card debt will spend an additional $4.8 billion on interest this year alone, according to a new analysis by WalletHub. A 100 basis point increase will cost credit card users an extra $6.4 billion this year.
  • Factoring in the rate hikes from March, May, June and July, credit card users will wind up paying around $12.9 billion to $14.5 billion more in 2022 than they would have if those increases had not occurred, WalletHub found.

2. Adjustable-rate mortgages

Adjustable-rate mortgages and home equity lines of credit are also pegged to the prime rate. 

Because 15-year and 30-year mortgage rates are fixed and tied to Treasury yields and the economy, homeowners won’t be affected immediately by a rate hike. However, anyone shopping for a new house can expect to pay more for their next home loan — the same goes for those getting a loan to buy a car and student loan borrowers.

  • Since the coming rate hike is largely baked into mortgage rates, homebuyers are going to pay roughly $29,160 to $39,240 more in interest now, assuming a 30-year fixed-rate on an average home loan of $405,200, according to WalletHub’s analysis.

3. Car loans

For those planning on purchasing a new car in the next few months, the Fed’s move could push up the average interest rate on a new car loan past 5%.

  • Paying an annual percentage rate of 5% instead of 4% would cost consumers $1,324 more in interest over the course of a $40,000, 72-month car loan, according to data from Edmunds.

4. Student loans

The interest rate on federal student loans taken out for the 2022-2023 academic year already rose to 4.99%, up from 3.73% last year and 2.75% in 2020-2021. It won’t budge until next summer: Congress sets the rate for federal student loans each May for the upcoming academic year based on the 10-year Treasury rate. That new rate goes into effect in July.

Private student loans may have a fixed rate or a variable one tied to the Libor, prime or Treasury bill rates — and that means that, as the Fed raises rates, those borrowers will also pay more in interest. How much more, however, will vary with the benchmark.

5. Savings accounts

On the upside, the interest rates on savings accounts are on the rise after consecutive rate hikes.

People are going to need to use this cushion as prices continue to increase, according to Nela Richardson, chief economist at payroll processor ADP.

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Know Air Conditioner Ratings

Heating and cooling costs are skyrocketing. So, homeowners & tenants alike want to have the most efficient Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) units in their home that they can afford. Asking for recommendations for a specific unit can bring about a wide range of different answers, however. Those who are in the market for a new HVAC unit need a way to tell just how efficient different units are beyond all of the hype. A SEER rating can help.

An HVAC unit’s SEER rating should be one of the most important factors you consider when trying to decide on a model. Unfortunately, if you don’t really know what a SEER rating is or how it’s used, the rating can be kind of confusing. To help, here’s a basic rundown of what SEER ratings are, how they’re used, and where you can turn to get more information.

What is SEER?

SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” and is one of the details provided on those big yellow “EnergyGuide” stickers that you’ll see on things like air conditioners, heaters, and HVAC units. It’s a ratio that compares the output of the unit over the course of an average season divided by the average energy used during that same season. This provides you with an idea of how cost-effective using the unit will be since the ratio sums up how much energy it will take to keep your home comfortable for an entire season.

It’s important to keep in mind that the rating represents the unit’s maximum potential efficiency; your actual experience may be less than that potential based on weather conditions and other factors such as routine maintenance. Even with that in mind, the SEER rating provides a starting point for comparing different options and finding the best solution for your home.

Using the SEER Rating

When it comes to SEER ratings, you want to find HVAC units that have high numbers. This means that a relatively small amount of energy was used to create the output that the unit achieved, which translates to a significant reduction in cost for you. If you’re upgrading from a unit that is maybe 10 to 15 years old, there’s a good chance that you could save as much as 20 to 40 percent on your energy bill due to the higher efficiency of modern units. Using the SEER rating as a guide and comparing new units to the SEER rating of your current one will help you to maximize that savings.

SEER ratings can also be used to compare models from different manufacturers to find the one that provides the best bang for your buck. A unit that’s more expensive up front may still save you money in the long run if it has a notably higher SEER rating than cheaper models. While there’s obviously limits to how much your budget can spare, using the SEER rating as a comparison point can help you to find the most efficient option from among multiple models that otherwise seem very similar.

Choosing the Right HVAC Unit

If you still aren’t sure exactly which HVAC unit you need, don’t be afraid to talk to a professional. Get in touch with pros that specialize in HVAC sales and installation, as they’ll not only know how to find the most efficient unit within your budget, but will also help you take factors such as your region, the local climate, and the size of your home into consideration. Best of all, they’ll be able to deliver and install the unit for you to make sure that everything is done correctly.

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An Important Step in Staging

There are a lot of little things that you can do to increase the appeal of your home to buyers. Many of the tips you’ll find to improve your home’s appeal focus on things inside the house, ranging from paint colors to furniture and a variety of other little tweaks. There is something else that you can do to improve the appeal of your home that’s often overlooked, though: add some plants (inside and out).

A lot of people don’t put much thought into the plants around their home when prepping for a sale, and this can be a huge missed opportunity. From fixing up your lawn and planting colorful flowers out front to adding splashes of greenery indoors, there are several ways that you can leverage plants to help sell your home when the time comes. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Increase Your Curb Appeal

While interior staging is important, it’s easy to forget that the outside of your home is the first impression that potential buyers are going to get. Sometimes they’ll form an opinion about the house, before they even get out of the car. There are obviously a few external things that you can do, such as slapping a fresh coat of paint on the door and cleaning up the windows a bit. However, one of the biggest boosts to your home’s curb appeal comes in the form of improving your lawn and external plants.

As soon as you start considering selling your home, it’s time to treat brown spots or thin areas on your lawn so that everything is lush and green. Cleaning up flower beds, adding decorative plants on the porch or along the walkway, and otherwise sprucing up the look of the outside will go a long way toward capturing the attention of potential buyers. Just like a shabby exterior can dampen buyer enthusiasm, a well-manicured lawn and decorative flowers or trees can get buyers excited before they even step inside.

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Bringing in a Touch of Nature

Exterior landscaping isn’t the only way that plants can help you sell your home. Potted plants, vases with fresh flowers, and even small decorative potted trees or other tall plants can add both color and a sense of freshness to your home that are hard to replicate. It’s the same reason that a lot of grocery stores have fresh flowers near the entrance to the store; when people see plants and flowers, their brains immediately focus on the idea of freshness and life. In stores, this makes people assume that the produce is all fresh, and in your home, it helps potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house.

If you choose flowers or other plants with pleasant scents, bringing them in can add to the overall freshness of the air without the need for artificial air fresheners or incense. This can let your plants serve double duty, improving the quality of the air while also adding a splash of color and life to your home. Just make sure to avoid plants that produce a lot of pollen or else you may have some cleanup to take care of before potential buyers come for a tour.

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Call Some Help if Needed

It’s possible that you won’t really be able to take care of everything you want to do all on your own. Perhaps you have trees on your property that need trimmed or have to have dead limbs removed. Maybe you want to revitalize a flower garden but don’t really have the time. It’s even possible that you’d love to add some floral touches to your home, but aren’t really sure what would go best with your house. It’s okay, we’ve got you covered.

HomeKeepr can connect you with landscaping and trimming pros in your area that can take care of whatever issues you’re having. Creating a HomeKeepr account is completely free, so there’s no reason not to reach out to professionals if you need the help. Sign up today and you’ll be one step closer to taking your home from “For Sale” to “Sold.”

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Sometimes as amateurs we leave more waste

Many reasons to take on a DIY projects

You may decide to do something yourself because you think it will be an easy project, or because you enjoy working with your hands. You might even consider doing a DIY project because you think it would save you a lot of money over hiring a professional to do the same thing. Regardless of your reasoning, there’s one thing about DIY that a lot of project guides and instruction sets leave out: what you should do with all the left-overs once you’re done with the project.

DIY waste can be a real concern, since depending on the project there might be a lot of waste produced. Given the nature of the materials involved with most DIY projects, you shouldn’t just throw away everything that you didn’t use in your project. Here are some things to think about regarding how you can reduce the amount of waste that your DIY projects produce and what you can do with those waste materials that are produced. By changing the way that you think about DIY waste, you can change the way that you approach projects, and maybe even save some money in the process.

Planning Away Waste

One of the first things you should do when trying to reduce your DIY waste is to stop for a moment and rethink your measurements and calculations. If the project involves wood or other materials that are cut from a larger piece, make sure that your cuts are efficient and made to preserve as much of the surrounding material as possible. If you’re going to need single-use items that come in a lot of packaging, consider whether you’ll have use for similar things in the future, and if so, buy a multi-pack if available so that you’ll have one on hand without even more packaging waste. If you’re going to paint or stain the project, select colors that you’ll likely be able to reuse for future projects. You can probably see where this is going.

Basically, spend a little bit more time during the planning phase of your DIY project to make sure that you aren’t creating excess waste that could otherwise be avoided. Ideally, you’ll end up with larger pieces of scrap that can be saved for the future, as well as other materials that either you or someone else might have a use for. Even if you only manage to reduce your project waste by a little, every little bit helps, and those waste reductions can really add up if you end up doing a lot of DIY.

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There’s a lot of satisfaction that comes from doing something on your own as a DIY project. Not every project is ideally suited for DIY, though. If you don’t have the time or experience to tackle a project correctly, keep in mind that there’s no shame in calling in some help to get it done. HomeKeepr can help you with this; sign up for our free app today to connect to pros in your area that can help you get your project list done. They’ll even take care of the waste afterward. HomeKeepr is the only platform where homeowners can discover home service pros powered entirely by real referrals from real people – not reviews.Search

Reusing Waste Materials

When it comes to reusing scrap material from past DIY projects, you aren’t always going to get a perfect match to what your current project calls for. Sometimes you’ll have different types of wood on hand, or a color of stain that doesn’t quite match what you’d planned on. That’s okay; if what you have is a good substitution, then you can use it and save some money on your materials. If it’s not, don’t try to force a match and end up creating a substandard result. Just save your scrap and excess materials for a future project, because if you’re active in DIY, then there’s always going to be another project.

One thing that’s important to remember is that you should keep your scrap and waste material well organized. That might even be a DIY project of its own. Create an organization solution to hold scrap wood, piping, paints, and other materials that you kept out of the waste bin, so that you can always find what you’re looking for.

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Discount Real Estate Service

Are you really receiving a discount in the end?

There are many tempting ads out there for discounted or even FREE real estate listing services. Everything from “1%” or “3% total listing commission” to “Pay No Commission…because we’ll Buy it Cash”. They all sound wonderful on the surface (or in the ad).

While you may be tempted to “Save Thousands in real estate commissions”, lets look at the whole picture.

Do they work for Free?

All businesses have costs to keep their doors open and/or support themselves and their families. I can almost guarantee you that no one is doing it out of the goodness of their heart. Note; I say “almost”, because someone will come along and do it, then sue me for my statement. 🙂 There are phones to be paid, car payments and insurance, business licenses/permits/dues to be paid, computers/office equipment, legal contracts and that luring advertising. So, no matter who it is, they’re making thousands of dollars on the sale of your home.

There are training ads, similar to this one, to teach some agents how to get money out of sales….

Plus, there is a plethora of other training courses to help inadequate agents, bilk unsuspecting sellers (and buyers).

Beware of the Hidden Fees

In order to make a living, most of these discount service providers make it up in other ways. Some agents require you to use their service providers in your transaction. These providers may be charging way more than normal service providers, in order to compensate the agent for the referral. Some agents charge additional fees, like Transaction Coordinators or assistance, to do the work that is expected of (and normally provided by) your Realtor.

If they are so willing to give away their money up front, how hard are they going to fight for your money?

We’ll Pay Cash

Profit margins are also figured into purchases by companies who say: “you’ll pay no commission”, “close quicker”, “no hassle”, “no showings”, “no keeping the house clean”. How can they do this, you ask? Most will pay you far less than than your home is worth. Then still charge you transaction or processing fees.

Bottom Line

Please do your homework. If you think one of these non-traditional transactions is for you, dig deep. Ask for all fees to be laid out, disclosed and agreed to up front, before you sign any listings. Ask for at least 3 service providers for each of the areas of ancillary transaction services. As a Realtor with 27 years of experiences helping sellers/buyers and training agents to handle transactions the proper way, I’ve seen a lot of hokey things. A great Realtor is a professional (like a doctor or a lawyer), well trained and experienced to get you the most amount of money for one of the biggest investments you may ever have.

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Ever Heard of a Mesh Network

Do you need one in your house?

You probably use the internet a number of different ways during the day. It plays a key role in everything from gaming and entertainment to social interaction and even work these days, so it’s important that you have a reliable internet connection. Depending on the layout and even the materials used in your house, though, it isn’t always easy to stay connected everywhere within the home.

If your Wi-Fi coverage isn’t quite what you wish it was, replacing your existing setup with a mesh network might be the answer. Mesh networks have become increasingly popular in recent years due to how easily they solve some connection and coverage problems. If you’re curious as to whether your home would benefit from a mesh network, please read this.

How Mesh Networks Work

Traditionally a Wi-Fi network has a wireless router that serves as an access point, and perhaps a few additional access points connected to the network via extenders, etc. All of the data routing is handled by the router, and both signal strength and network speed vary depending on how far away you are from the router and/or the access points. Some materials can also block signals from the access points, explaining why it may be harder to connect to your network in some rooms than others (especially if you only have a single wireless router as your only access point).

Mesh networks remove the need for a central routing device and distribute access much more evenly throughout your home. Multiple network nodes are placed around your home, with each acting as an access point and playing a part in routing your connection through its most efficient path to the internet. One node connects directly to the Internet in much the same way that a wireless router would, but it also connects to every other node within its signal range. Each of those nodes also emits a signal, boosting your network so that it more easily covers your entire house. Your phone, computer, and other wireless devices all connect to the node that is closest to them, and the nodes automatically route the connection through the most efficient path to the internet at large.

Do You Need a Mesh Network?

There are real advantages to implementing a mesh network. For one, if a single node goes down, the other nodes will automatically reroute their connections to ensure that coverage isn’t lost. Likewise, when multiple devices connect to a single node, the network can reassign some of those devices on the fly to prevent network congestion. If you have a lot of devices spread out across the entire house, or are trying to provide fast and reliable coverage throughout a large house or across multiple floors, this sort of smart routing and internet sharing will definitely make things easier.

Mesh networks are not necessarily right for every one. For instance, if you have a small or single-floor home and are able to install your wireless router in a centrally located area, you can likely save money by installing a single fast wireless router instead of buying and installing multiple mesh nodes. This is especially true if you have a mostly open floor plan, as there will be little that would interfere with the wireless signal in most rooms.

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Mesh Network Installation

Installing and setting up a mesh network is doable as a DIY project, it’s not a bad idea to talk to an electronics pro to make sure that you’re getting all of the equipment that you need to get yourself set up. You may also find yourself in need of an electrician to add additional outlets if you want to install nodes in areas where power connections are at a premium. Regardless of your need, HomeKeepr is here to help; sign up for a free account today to get in touch with pros that can help you get the network you want without breaking the bank. My Homekeepr account has 260 vendors, that I and my teammates have personal used. They do NOT pay to be included in this list. They simply continue to provide great service to my clients.

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FSBO Buyer Pitfall #17

Many unsuspecting buyers have no idea that they may have to withhold some of a sellers proceeds and send them to the IRS or the state taxing agency.

If there are taxes owed on the sale of a property, taxation agencies require the buyer (or qualified substitute) to withhold some or all of the seller’s proceeds. Why? Because real estate contracts are between buyer and seller. Whether there are attorneys, title, escrow or other settling agents involved or not. So ultimately, the buyer will be paying the seller for the property, and this is the only sure-fire way for the government to get their cut. Yes, taxes may be due, even if the transaction is part of a “1031 Exchange”.

Should you withhold 3 1/3% of the sales price or the seller’s income tax rate % of the gain? What if the property is in a trust? Does it matter if the property was the seller’s primary residence? Who is liable if you’re not purchasing it by yourself?

Additionally, some states, like California, don’t always adopt all of the federal tax laws. More information can be found at FTB.ca.gov and IRS.gov (real estate withholding).

There are limitations on withholdings, possible penalties and fines for buyers as well as sellers, and proper paperwork filing needs. If you hire a Real Estate Escrow Person (REEP), they usually handle these withholding and paperwork needs (collecting all social security numbers, calculating alternative withholdings, forward funds & vouchers to the proper agencies, etc.).

When buying a home from a private seller, its just as important to use a Realtor as when you’re buying one that is listed by an agent. In most cases I’ve talked a seller into allowing me to represent my buyer in these Private Seller Transactions.

There are Many pitfalls in buying a home and for most people its the most expensive item they will ever buy, with the most possibilities of something going wrong and the most headaches of any other purchase.

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Common Causes of Smelly Dishwashers

Quite often we have bad smells lurking throughout our homes—and I don’t just mean in your refrigerator’s moldy veggie drawer or your musty closet. One such culprit is the dishwasher. Here are four common causes of smelly dishwashers and tips from cleaning pros to send the stink on its way.

1. A Clogged drain filter – to clean your dishwasher drain filter, follow the owner’s manual instructions to remove it from the appliance. Then rinse the filter thoroughly under warm water. If any sticky food debris remains, soak the filter in hot, soapy water for several minutes and gently clean it with a soft brush before rinsing it.

2. Kinked or clogged drain hose – If a hose is kinked, simply smooth it out. But if there is no knot in your hose, it’s time to move on and look for any clogs. If you can’t reach the clog, it might be time to call in a professional.

3. Trapped food – remove all parts of the dishwasher that can be easily removed and cleaning them in hot, soapy water. Parts to wash include your dishwashing racks, spray arms, utensil holder, and filter. Repeat cleaning with vinegar and baking soda monthly to keep your dishwasher smelling fresh.

4. Or a dirty seal – Once every two weeks, wipe the area with a damp cloth dipped in diluted dishwashing liquid. If there are stubborn food stains, use an old toothbrush to scrub them off gently. Avoid using steel wool as it may damage the seal

Link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/common-culprits-of-a-stinky-dishwasher-how-to-fix-them/

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