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5 filters you should change (or clean) around your home

You probably already replace your AC filter regularly right? Don't just stay there: There are many other filters in your home that you surely have overlooked.

While they may seem insignificant, they keep your appliances longer and keep pollutants out of your air, ice and water. Here is a list of common filters and how often they should be replaced.

Vacuum filter

Vacuum usually has several filters. These filters trap dust and other particles so that they are not released into the air.

The folded filters that look like they are made of paper should be changed every six months or so. Intermediate changes put the paper filter in a plastic bag and shake it around once a month to remove buildup dust.

The filter that looks like white or black fungi can be hand washed in warm water and some detergent every month. Be sure to allow it to air dry completely before putting it back in the vacuum.

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Ice maker filter

Ice makers in your refrigerator and stand-alone ice maker all have activated carbon filters . They remove impurities from tap water to make your ice cream safer and taste better.

Like all other filters, it needs to be changed from time to time. Check your user manual for the best time to make the switch.

Water Filter

When you check your ice machine's filter, do not forget the filter for your door water dispenser on the refrigerator. It removes impurities from your local water supply so you get a good and safe glass of water.

Check the user manual for location and replacement schedule. The water filter usually needs to be changed every six months .

Lint filter

Lint drop on your dryer is a very important part of the device's internal work. It stops fluff from entering your hair dryer's inner work. Leaving it dirty can cause problems with the dryer and even fires .

Clean the lint of the filter after each use. Then, once a month, give it a good scrub with a toothbrush, warm water and detergent to remove any sticky residue from fabric softener.

Cooker filters

If you look under your cooker hood, you see a filter that prevents fat from entering the hood. Once a month, you will need to clean the filter so that air and smoke can still get through the ventilation door.

To get the filter to clean, fill the dish tray with boiling water, a quarter cup of baking soda and a couple of drops of detergent. Mix the water with a spoon and then gently release the filter.

Let the filter soak for 30 minutes. Then use a couple of kitchen towels, remove the filter from the hot water and scrub it down with a scrub brush or old toothbrush.

Finish by rinsing the filter with warm water. Let it air dry before putting it back in the stove.

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