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Practical Advice on Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

Clean Kitchen No matter how careful you are, your kitchen appliances can still become greasy and grimy over time. Keeping them clean is the best way to ensure they continue to operate properly for years to come. Here is...

Clean Kitchen
Clean Kitchen

No matter how careful you are, your kitchen appliances can still become greasy and grimy over time. Keeping them clean is the best way to ensure they continue to operate properly for years to come. Here is some practical advice on cleaning kitchen appliances anyone can use to keep them in tip-top condition.

Choosing the Right Cleaning Products

Never use harsh, abrasive cleaners on the outside of your appliances, as doing so can easily scratch them. Instead, a solution of white vinegar and water will work nicely for most areas of your appliances. The exception is stove burners, which can be scrubbed clean with steel wool or a scrubbing pad containing a paste made from baking soda.

To prevent smudges on the outside of your appliances, use a bit of paste wax on them after cleaning. Allow the wax to dry, and then buff with a soft cloth. Not only will this repel dust, but it will also give your appliances a nice sheen.

Cleaning your Refrigerator

To clean your refrigerator, you should first empty everything from it and then throw away anything that shouldn’t remain. Next, wipe down the top, inside walls and shelves with a solution of mild dish detergent and water. You should also remove and wash the vent on the bottom of your refrigerator, and vacuum the coils on the back of it.

Before placing everything back inside, cut a piece of clear contact paper to put over top of your shelves. That way, you can easily remove it whenever there’s a spill, and will not have to worry about cleaning it up.

Stove and Oven Cleaning

  • Soak your drip pans, hood vents and knobs in a solution of degreaser and water for a couple of hours to remove grime. Replace drip pans that are rusted or extremely dirty
  • Use the crevice attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove crumbs from inside your oven and around gaskets.
  • Take advantage of the self-cleaning option to clean your oven. If yours doesn’t have one, you can scrub your oven with a paste made from baking soda and Dawn dishwashing detergent instead. Allow to sit for around 20 minutes before scrubbing, and repeat as needed.

Dishwasher

Be sure to check your dishwasher’s drain for debris on a regular basis and remove it if needed. You should also wipe down your gaskets and the inside of your dishwasher with hot soapy water from time to time as well. If you notice crumbs inside your gasket, vacuum them away using a crevice attachment.

Microwave

Splatters inside your microwave are easy to eliminate by placing a bowl full of water inside it and then allowing it to “cook” for two to three minutes. The steam produced from heating the water will loosen food particles and make them easy to wipe away. You can also scrub the inside of your microwave with half of a lemon and a bit of salt in order to eliminate odors.

Garbage Disposal

To clean your garbage disposal, you should first turn off your unit and then manually remove any clogs. Next, place two cups of cubed ice and one cup of rock salt into your disposal and then run as normal. The combination of ice and salt will remove any gunk that’s attached itself to your garbage disposal’s blades. If you are also plagued with odors, freeze vinegar in ice cube trays and use in place of regular ice.

These tips will ensure your appliances are sparkling clean, allowing them to look new for longer. For more easy tips on cleaning kitchen appliances, please feel free to contact us.