Do you trust your washing machine?

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Do you trust your washing machine?

Do you trust your washing machine with your denim jeans? Yes.

With your blankets and bedsheets? Sure.

Your t-shirts and polos? Of course.

But what about that lacy black dress you only slip on for special occasions?

Or the satin scarf on which you spent a little more than you should have?

Clothes Arrangement Tips

No way, right?

The Consumer Story

We at IFB have always put the needs of our customers first. We have always made it a point to design quality products that help set our IFB community free from household chores. And give them more time to spend with their family and for themselves.

We conducted extensive research and spoke to many homemakers to find out what kind of clothes they hand washed, and realized that despite many households owning a washing machine, they still voluntarily choose to wash a lot of their delicate garments by hand or by special laundry services. These garments can either be instructed to be washed so, or their washing machine's normal wash cycles tend to damage these delicate, expensive garments. Which is why people choose to invest their time by washing them by hand.

Why should our customers need to hand wash their delicate clothes? That's the challenge we threw at our R&D team. They spent months with customers to learn how they were hand washing their delicate clothes – the kind of detergents they used, the care they took to scrub out the dirt, the technique they used to rinse and squeeze the water out, etc.

In short, delicate clothes needed a delicate hand wash, so that they wouldn't get damaged.

Cradle Wash from IFB

Cradle Wash for delicate clothes was born out of the learnings from these studies. It almost mimics the care with which our customers hand wash their delicate clothes.

The features of this washing machine resemble that of the same techniques we use to wash delicate clothing with our hands. Meticulously structured to ensure the machine simulates the same movements, the following characteristics makes this washing process a class apart:

Cradle Wash

How does Cradle Wash work:

1. High water levels inside the drum

The Cradle Wash program makes sure that a high level of water is maintained so that your delicate clothes can glide and float free from harm inside the drum.

2. Stable drum inside the washing machine

The Cradle Wash has what is called a Stable Drum function, which holds the drum stationary inside the washing machine while the water fills, to protect your delicates from wear and tear that could be caused by friction with the moving drum.

3. Cradle washing motion of machine drum

The Cradle Wash program uses Cradle Motion to move at a low 35 rpm in a gentle swaying motion to cradle your clothes with extra care.

4. Slow spin speed to not damage delicate fabric

The Cradle Wash program ensures a gentle but thorough cleaning with its slow 400 rpm spin cycle.

When we finally showed the Cradle Wash program to customers they immediately loved it. We had finally created a 100% washing machine capable of cleaning all types of clothes.

Washing Machine Secure Washing Tips

Almost all IFB machines now have the Cradle Wash program integrated into the wash programs, making it convenient and easy for washing delicate clothes. So set yourself free with IFB and you'll have all the time in the world to play with your kids, read a book, treat yourself to a massage or do whatever it is that brings you happiness.

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

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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.

Stains On Shirts

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.

Lipstick Stian on White Pants

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

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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.

Light Knives On Magnetic Holder To The Wall In The Kitchen

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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.

Kitchen Drawer

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.

Wooden Cutlery Box With Checked Cutlery

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.

Old Fashioned Spacious Kitchen With Island

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

Indian Food Malai Mushroom Tikka - Mushroom in Marinade Recipe

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

Rotisserie Chicken On Wooden Serving Tray With Herbs and Rosemary

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

Homemade Oven Baked French Fries With Ketchup

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

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How to Keep your Clothes Looking New

Females Hands Laying Down Colorful Clothes

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

Clothes Line Laundry

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

Washing Machine Drum Interiors during Wash

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

Embroidered Lace Detail of Wedding Dress

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

Clothing Label with Laundry Care Tips

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

Electric Heater of Washing Machine

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

IFB Laundary Essentials

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

Tshirt Stain Removal Tips

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 https://www.ifbappliances.com/ to take a look at our range of home appliances.

7 Great ways to get the best from your dishwasher

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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!

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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:

Beautiful Apartment Interior Kitchen

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.

A Beautiful New Apartment

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!

Interior View of A Modern Kitchen With Kitchen Island Sink and Oven

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!

A Cabinet With Opened Drawers and Inner Drawer In A Bathroom

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!

Wooden Table On Red Modern Kitchen Bench

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!

Modern Kitchen Interior Design

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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7 secrets to maintaining a clean kitchen

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7 secrets to maintaining a clean kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, but it is also the place that gets messy and dirty quite easily. While many people think a good weekend scrub is the key to keeping the kitchen clean, the best way to go about it is to give a few minutes of your time every day to maintaining a clean kitchen.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your kitchen clean:

1. Use a garbage bowl when you cook

Garbage Bowl

A Garbage bowl is a container that you place on the counter to dump handfuls of peelings or scraps while you cook. This makes it easy to keep your kitchen clean as you go about cooking, saves you countless trips to the garbage or compost bin, and most importantly, keeps your kitchen mess-free and organised.

2. Use a cutting mat

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Chopping vegetables and tossing them into the pan is not always as elegant as we see it on cookery shows, right? The easy fix to that is using a cutting mat over the cutting board – you can easily pick up the mat with cut vegetables, bend it to a funnel and pour the contents into the pan.

3. Corral all that you require and prepare your work-space

Food Ingredients and Kitchen Utensils For Cooking

Place the spoons and utensils you will need to cook and will be re-using, on the counter. Deciding in advance what you will be needing, and what you can re-use while cooking, is a great way of keeping the mess to the minimum and also to make sure you don't go looking around for things you need, in the middle of cooking.

4. Clean as you cook

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A lot of people think this is quite a hassle, but cleaning whatever you are done with, makes sure there is less of a mess to be tackled later on. Just drop the used knives and spoons in a bowl of hot soapy water. You can use a splatter-screen on the stove makes cleaning off the grease and oil residue so much easier. It is also a good idea to clean your kitchen appliances like Microwave Oven right after you finish cooking. For easy cleaning with great results, try the IFB Microwave Care Pack.

5. Choose a good Dishwasher

 

Dishwashers are a great addition to a kitchen, as they can ensure easy work of the pile of dishes that can seem so intimidating. A good dishwasher can help make you look forward to cooking, without worrying about dealing with dirty dishes after every meal. IFB Dishwashers also come with Eco Wash feature which makes you save on electricity and water, and also ensures perfect hygiene with every wash. Buy one now!

6. Don't rush through cooking

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Hurry spoils curry, and definitely creates a lot of mess too! Avoid speed-cooking and see how everything you do get automatically more neat and organised. There are times when you really do need to fix a quick meal – for those times, it could help to have set options of dishes that are easy and can be dealt with easily, or use splatter-screens.

With IFB, you can get easy to clean built-it hobs that give you everyday convenience you need.

7. Use Appliances that are easy to clean

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Keeping a kitchen clean requires diligence but a clean kitchen makes cooking a great experience every time. Apart from following cleaning routines, it also makes sense to invest in appliances that make cleaning your kitchen easy.

You can also keep your kitchen pristine by keeping those nasty odors at bay with IFB's cooker hoods.

If you have any queries about kitchen appliances and modular kitchens that are easy to maintain, write to us at support@ifbappliances.com