Month: November 2016

7 Great ways to get the best from your dishwasher

Kitchen Solutions

7 Great ways to get the best from your dishwasher

Given that dishwashers native to Indian kitchens, most of us might not be familiar with how to maximize the use of this super efficient home appliance. Whether it’s a brand new addition to your dream kitchen or if you’ve been using a dishwasher for a few years, these simple tips will help you get the best care for your utensils.

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1. Load at once: While it might seem easier to load your dishwasher as and when you are done using individual dishes, the best strategy to an efficient load is to use the space in the dishwasher wisely. This is easier when you have all the unwashed utensils ready to be loaded at the same time, giving you an idea how to stack and load dishes, starting with your largest pans and plates, filling in spaces with smaller utensils.

2. Don’t let your spoons spoon: Alternate spoons with forks and other flatware so that water and detergent can clean them thoroughly. If you put all the spoons together, chances are the backs of the spoons won’t get a fair cleaning. Another solution is to put some spoons in heads up and some heads down.

3. Get the right detergent: Sometimes hard water can leave stains on your dishes once they dry. To avoid this unfavourable result, make sure you use the right detergent for your dishwasher. IFB’s Autodish avoids build up of limescale, giving you the best wash for your dishes every time.

4. Beware of loose objects: Don’t leave small utensils like teaspoons and kettle lids randomly in the dishwasher. Put them in their appropriate holders or stack them in the plate rack. Objects that aren’t tied down or anchored during a wash will float around and could chip other dishes during the wash cycle.

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5. Clear the way for spray: The spray arm in your dishwasher is what makes the magic happen. It is the only way your dirty dishes can get hit by water so that they get clean. If you over load the dishwasher or block the spray arm with large flat dishes, be prepared for a dishwasher disaster. Load carefully and make sure all dishes face towards the centre of the dishwasher. Load flat baking trays and pans on the sides of the bottom rack. On a positive note, IFB dishwashers come with a much needed water jet on the top portion of the dishwasher that gives your utensils a thorough cleaning!

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6. Avoid nesting: The dishes in the dishwasher need to have as much surface contact with water as possible. If you put bowls inside other bowls or plates on top of each other, water will not reach the dishes to be able to clean them properly. If you’re careful about the way you stack your dishes, this won’

t be something to worry about!

7. Unloading the right way: After the cycle, if you notice any upturned cups or bowls, leave them as they are until you unload all the other dishes. These might tend to hold some soapy dish water in them so you want to avoid spilling that onto your clean dishes. Once you have cleared out the other dishes, move onto to handling the upturned utensils.

Kitchen Design Trends We’re Currently Obsessed With!

Kitchen Solutions

Kitchen Design Trends We’re Currently Obsessed With!

What used to be an afterthought while designing homes, the kitchen has quickly gained prime real estate in the past few years. Houses are being designed keeping the kitchen in mind as it is seen as a space that brings the whole family together, while creating memories that last. 2016 has some promising new design trends rising and here are just a few that we can’t stop thinking about:

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Dark Palettes: If you’re wondering what the color scheme for this year is going to be, look no further. The color palette in cooking spaces is going more bold and untraditional with a heavier lean toward shades of gray and black. A reflection of luxury, these darker shades are being contrasted with a hint of understated colors to lend a chic vibe to the space and makes it less overpowering. Glistening black appliances and cabinetry are finding their way into kitchens. If you are planning to re-model your kitchen, check out IFB’s home appliances and modular kitchens that sport a range of colors spanning subtle to bold.

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Integrated Spaces: Kitchens are no longer the neglected rooms they used to be, assigned to a tiny corner of your home. In fact, 2016 has seen beautiful integration between living rooms and kitchens, knocking down doors. Not only does this create a more open atmosphere, it also brings in a multi-purpose functionality to the space. Consequently, the emphasis of proper space planning has become a lot more important. With lifestyles getting busier, there is no denying how much a properly installed kitchen that solves storage problems and provides endless possibilities is hard to resist! IFB’s range of the perfectly put together modular kitchens, beautifully displayed here, will definitely excite you!

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Decluttering: If you’re conservative about the way you use your space around your homes, this is one trend you will be quick to adopt in your kitchen! Storage simplified, allows for decluttering by incorporating hidden drawers, rollouts, tilt-ups, and pullouts in kitchen cabinets. These are largely becoming a part of DIY home improvement projects to optimize spaces better and maintain a clean, uncluttered look. Locate an IFB point close to you from here, and take a good, close up look at the many ways you can curate your kitchen space!

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Thinner Countertops: Sometimes slightly altering the profile of an element in the kitchen is all you need to transform the look completely and make it look larger. This is why thick, solid countertops are being traded for thinner, more refined styles. Considering kitchen spaces are becoming more integrated, designs are becoming more sleek and streamlined and we are sure the thin countertops are here to stay!

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Transparency: If you’re looking to create a striking kitchen that breaks the monotony in kitchen elements and cabinets while scoring high on simplicity, then this is for you. Interweaving transparency is gaining momentum in modern kitchens. It hinges on the concept of eliminating the division between food and storage spaces serving well to create a culinary experience that goes beyond the ingredients and the utensils. Not only does it create a more personal relationship with food, it also helps elevate the cooking process by putting greater emphasis on the choice and prepping of food. Instead of going all out, consider switching out wooden cabinet doors with glass doors or just go for open shelving!

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Transitional Styling: Another big trend this year are transitional kitchens. For those who like to strike an alluring balance between the warmth that comes with traditional design and the streamlined clean lines that come with a contemporary appeal, a transitional kitchen makes just the right fit. It perfectly blends a functional kitchen space with a distinct style that offers a great deal of flexibility. Incorporating a transitional style is not difficult and can be achieved with minor tweaks or if you are looking to remodel, give your kitchen a complete transformation! It can be achieved anyway you want – be it combining complementary finishes, or experimenting with quirky items. Mixing up a lot of textures while keeping the colors neutral will add that spark. Even adding a unique pendant lighting can go a long way in sprucing up a traditional kitchen. If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, explore IFB’s range of modular kitchens that sport a range of textures, colors, and finishes that are best suited to your needs.

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