Month: December 2016

Laundry Tips & Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money!

Laundry Solutions

Laundry Tips & Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money!

Your clothes often define you, which is why they need extra care. But a hectic lifestyle does not give you the time and effort to take care of your clothing. So we have a quick list of simple solutions to common laundry problems.

1. Make those wrinkles vanish

If you don’t have an iron on hand, worry no more. There is an easy and simple way for you to smoothen out your clothes. Hang your clothing in your bathroom, far enough from the shower so it won’t get wet.

The steam from the shower will act a smoothening agent for your clothes.

But if you don’t have the time, you can also use the anti-crease function, present in your IFB dryer. The dryer’s gentle clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation action along with a stream of gentle hot and cool air ensures crease free drying.

2. DIY your fabric softener

Don’t have one on hand? DIY a simple fabric softener using vinegar and you favorite essential oils. Mix 48 drops to dilute a cup of vinegar and leave your clothes smelling fresh and feeling soft.

Just in case you want something a bit more, IFB has you covered with its own range of fabric conditioners. Buy it here.

3. Baby powder for oil stains

Sprinkle a little baby powder over the oil stain and leave it on for minimum 30 minutes. The baby powder will help soak up all the oil from the fabric. Brush off the excess once done.

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4. Squeeze out those sweat stains

By squeezing some lemon juice into a spray bottle, you can spray them onto sweat stains before you wash them. The citric acid in the lemon juice will help lighten the stains.

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5. Remove makeup stains

Ladies, do you hate getting foundation on the collars of your delicate dresses? Remove those stains with the use of a light shaving cream before you give them in for a wash.

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6. Afraid of fading colours?

We all love a vibrant piece of clothing. But sometimes, with excessive washing, the colours of these favorite articles tend to fade. Protect them and their colour by adding a teaspoon of salt into the wash. Or you can also use LIMO, IFB’s premium fabric brightener which does not contain any bleaching agents, making it equally suitable for coloured as well as whites. Buy here.

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7. Even your washer needs a wash!

Add in a few cups of vinegar and wash your washing machine with the setting on hot and on the longest wash cycle. Pause the cycle on between and let it sit for an hour or two before resuming. The vinegar helps remove mold and bacteria from your machine.

8. Too cold or too hot?

Every wondered when to wash using hot water or when to cold?

Cold water is best suited for delicate items of clothing, including blouses and sweaters and also protects clothes from running colours.

Hot water is good for clothes that are infected, and heavy clothes like bath towels.

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While these tips can help in keeping the most delicate clothes looking new, repeatedly following many of these steps can be time-consuming and a hassle. Labels on clothes can be confusing too. Also, not all clothes can be treated with these tips for successful results.

So it’s time to free yourself from the daily hassles of washing. Take your pick from the wide range of IFB washers and dryers that come with a variety of features, catering all types of garments.

Leave the load on us and set yourself free today! Visit our website to know more.

Smart Storage Ideas for Indian Kitchens

Kitchen Solutions

Smart Storage Ideas for Indian Kitchens

Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. Utilizing the kitchen space effectively can sometimes be a challenge. With IFB’s range of modular kitchens which can be adapted for your specific storage needs the task becomes less daunting. To begin with, here are some ideas to help optimize storage space in your kitchen.

In a small kitchen where space is limited using an open plan is the best way to go. Instead of cabinets which will occupy too much space, use open shelves, hooks and panels along the walls to store various kitchen equipments. A steel rail along the wall is ideal to hang large ladles and other odds and ends. In the same way a magnetic strip for knives will eliminate the need for a knife block which will occupy space on the work top.

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Many kitchens are narrow so up is the direction you should be thinking in. narrow cabinets with a vertical orientation are the best bet for such kitchens.

In an Indian kitchen a lot of space is devoted to storing the numerous spices that go into our delicious food. Using narrow pull out drawer will help solve this problem. Spices can be easily stored in this space saving drawer to free up room for crockery and other kitchen equipment.

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Mounting equipment like a microwave or oven on the wall will free up valuable work top space.

A pullout pantry will maximize space utilization and wire racks will prevent things from falling out.

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Peg board panels inside cabinets can be used to hang pans. This will allow more room for bigger kitchen utensils.

Dividers in the flatware drawer will reduce clutter and keep your cutlery well organized. Similarly, vertical drawers or dividers within a cabinet will work for storing trays.

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Installing carousel racks in corner cabinets increase storage space without increasing the dimensions of the cabinet. This can be done in other cabinets as well. It helps reach things at the back easily.

Many a time we forget about the space under the sink. This can be utilized for storing cleaning agents. Adding pegs will be helpful to hang gloves, scrubs and the like.

You can also neatly tuck away your kitchen disposals in a secret pull out drawer just below your counter top. This allows you to put away you cleaning materials, broom sticks and also serves as good storage space.

A kitchen island, either fixed or on wheels is another excellent storage option. Installing a bottle rack will be helpful to most. The shelves can be used to stack up cook books, glassware or other odds and ends.

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Making the best of your kitchen space can be achieved with some forethought and innovative designs from IFB. These modular kitchens are not only efficient and stylish but can be modified to suit any kitchen and any budget.

You can also get free design consultations for your Kitchen. Just write to us at web_support@ifbglobal.com.

Oil free cooking with Microwave Ovens/ Built-in Ovens

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Oil free cooking with Microwave Ovens/ Built-in Ovens

Given the rise in heart disease, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases in the country it is a good idea to take stock of our eating habits and do away with or cut down on ingredients that are not the best for us. One of these ingredients is oil. The thought of preparing Indian food without oil may be unthinkable but cooking with too much oil leads to health problems that are hard to ignore.

Stash the oil away and whip up these delectable, hassle-free recipes with IFB’s oil-free range of cooking equipment.

Recipes:

1. Mushroom Tikka

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Ingredients:

Mushrooms: 20

For the Marinade

Curd: 2 ½ tbsp

Chili Powder: 1 tsp

Garam Masala: 1 tsp

Gram Flour: 2 tbsp

Pepper: 1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Method:

  • Wash the mushrooms and pat them dry. Cut them lengthwise into two halves.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients of the marinade.
  • Coat the mushrooms with the marinade and set aside for half an hour.
  • Take the IFB microwave grill and brush it with oil to prevent sticking. String mushrooms on kebab sticks and place on the microwave grill.
  • Put it in the IFB microwave oven for 10 minutes and allow it to grill. Remove it, baste it with butter and put it back in for 15 minutes more.
  • Stick toothpicks in the mushrooms and serve hot with coriander chutney.

With the combination microwave ovens from IFB, dishing out oil-free tikkas is a breeze. These microwaves come equipped with a power grill and microwave that give you the flexibility to cook and brown food as per your taste.

2. Spicy Barbecue Chicken

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Ingredients:

Chicken: 1 whole

For the Barbecue Sauce

Ketchup – 1 cup

Honey – ¼ cup

Vinegar – ¼ cup

Soy sauce: 1 tbsp

Red chilli sauce: 1 tbsp

For the Barbecue Rub

Black pepper: 1 tsp

Chili powder: 2 tsp

Garlic powder: ½ tsp

Onion powder: ½ tsp

Salt to taste

Method:

  • Wash the chicken well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix the ingredients for the barbecue sauce until well incorporated.
  • In another bowl, mix the ingredients of the barbecue rub and sprinkle it on the outside and the cavity of the chicken.
  • Truss the chicken with a cooking twine and skewer on the rotisserie spit.
  • Pre-heat the IFB oven to 200° C.
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 200° C.
  • Coat the chicken with the barbecue sauce and let it spin for another 30 minutes in the oven.
  • Serve hot.

Get ready for some serious barbecuing and succulent flavors with rotisserie microwaves from IFB. These microwaves are your best bet if crispy meat are your go-to party dishes. These ovens lock in the nutrients and dole out deliciously tender dishes. What’s more, these microwaves take care of the mess and the grease in appliance with a steam clean feature that leaves your microwave oven fresh and sparkling clean. The deodorizer further ensures you have a germ-free, pleasant smelling microwave.

3. Baked French fries

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Ingredients:

Potatoes: 6

Chilli Powder: 1tsp

Black Pepper: 1 tsp

Garlic powder: 1 tsp

Onion powder: 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Method:

  • Wash and peel the potatoes
  • Slice each potato to 1/4″ – 1/2″ thickness and cut strips.
  • Spread the strips on a baking sheet.
  • Preheat the IFB microwave oven to 425°C and bake the fries for 15 minutes.
  • Toss the fries in the spices and your crispy, fat-free French fries are ready to serve.

If you are a baking enthusiast, and like to add your own healthy spin to oily dishes, the IFB convection microwave is the perfect company. Equipped with heater selector options and a whole range of standard menus, putting out delicious baked versions of traditionally deep fried dishes doesn’t get any simpler than this. Thoroughly and evenly cooked food, now in a jiffy.

How to Keep your Clothes Looking New

Laundry Solutions

How to Keep your Clothes Looking New

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How many times have you admired a new dress at a store and stopped yourself from buying it because you know that one wash is going to ruin it?

Taking care of clothes is not as simple as just washing them using additives and stacking them neatly, or just getting them dry-cleaned. In fact, as essential washing machines are today, they can also cause maximum damage to clothes. How can we then ensure that we get clean clothes without damaging the clothes?

Here are a few things that might help you:

Airing the clothes

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Make sure you air out the clothes you have worn for at least 30 minutes but avoid leaving the clothes in sunlight for hours. Sunlight can fade colours on your clothes.

Use cold water for laundry

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Contrary to the popular belief, avoid using hot water to wash your clothes. Hot water can damage your clothes. Use hot water only for clothes that need a rough treatment, like sportswear.

Wash clothes inside out

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This is a simple trick to prevent damage to the colour, prints and embellishments on the outside of your clothes. Clothes with delicate embroidery, lacework or beads etc. should always be washed inside out as they not only stand a chance of being spoilt, they can also damage other clothes.

Label instructions

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There’s a good reason why fabric manufacturers add labels to the garments with cleaning instructions. However, understanding and following these instructions is not always easy. Fortunately there are a few washing machines available that can wash even the most delicate clothes with ease, without causing any damage to the clothes.

Treat limescale buildup

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If you live in a hard water area and you have noticed your clothes go from soft to rough, more often than not it is because of limescale buildup. Getting a thorough wash in this water can be hard. While adding more detergent can largely solve the problem, it is tough on your clothes. Run an empty wash from time to time using a proprietary machine cleaner, to stop limescale deposits.

Use the right laundry essentials

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Using excessive or harsh detergents can do more harm to your clothes than good. Make sure you use the right kind of washing essentials and additives for the clothes you wash, and also use only the recommended quantity. You can take a look at our range of IFB Laundry Essentials which are best suited for your clothes and washing machine.

Avoid overdoing laundry

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While regular washing and drying clothing ensures they remain clean and moisture-free, overdoing it can fade them and reduce their lifespan to a large extent. Unless they’re heavily stained, clothes don’t need to agitate for long periods of time. Your washing machine comes with many different wash programmes and settings. It is important that you understand the settings required for your clothes, so that you get clean clothes, and do not damage them in the process either. The key to keeping your clothes looking new is to take care of them diligently.

If you have any specific queries about wash programmes on IFB washing machines, contact us, and visit our website http://www.ifbappliances.com/ to take a look at our range of home appliances.