In order to keep your home clean and organized you probably have a daily and weekly cleaning routine. For many of us, appliances don’t always make the daily or weekly cleaning to-do list. But depending on the appliance and how often it gets used, every few days, weeks, months, or uses most are due for a good cleaning. Many appliances can be cleaned with nothing more than water, soap and maybe a little baking soda or vinegar. Here are some simple instructions for how to clean kitchen appliances.
Blender, Mixer, or Food Processor
A blender, mixer, or food processor is an appliance you will want to clean after each use before putting it away.
Before you start cleaning, you will need to remove the blades and any other parts that come off and soak them in soapy water. While they are soaking, you can clean the bowl or carafe by hand, or place it in the dishwasher if you know your appliance is dishwasher safe. Scrub the blades to remove any residue.
In order to prevent rust forming on the blades, make sure everything is dry before reassembling. Either lay out to air dry or wipe dry with a towel.
Bases should be cleaned with a soapy washcloth. It is not safe to submerge them in water.
After cleaning put everything back together and store until you need it again.
Opinions vary as to how often you should clean your coffeemaker. It depends not only on how often you use the machine but also the quality of your water. Check out this article to help you determine how often your coffee maker should be cleaned.
A daily rinse and wipe down of your coffee maker and carafe will go a long way towards keeping this appliance clean. But to get rid of mineral deposits that can clog the machine, you really need to descale it.
To descale your coffee maker, run a solution of two parts water and one part vinegar through your machine after adding a coffee filter. After that, you will want to run the machine twice with plain water to rinse. Run plain water a few more times until the vinegar taste is gone if needed.
You might think your dishwasher should be self-cleaning every time you run a load of dishes. But there aren’t many things that truly clean themselves and your dishwasher isn’t among them.
You can clean your dishwasher by wiping down the gaskets and checking the drain for debris. You’ll be glad you did when you think about your clean dishes being rinsed inside the machine when it isn’t clean.
You can deodorize your machine by placing a container of white vinegar in the top rack and running the machine empty. Or you can sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the machine and let it sit to absorb odors overnight.
You can also use baking soda with a sponge or cloth to wipe off stains on the inside and outside of your dishwasher.
Cleaning your microwave requires nothing more than water and a good scrubbing. Fill a microwave safe cup with water and place it in the microwave. Run it for a minute or two until it boils. You can let it sit for a few minutes while the steam loosens any gunk from the bottom and sides of your microwave. Then attack with a cloth or sponge to wipe the microwave clean.
Toaster or Toaster Oven
To clean your toaster or toaster oven, remove the crumb catcher or toaster oven racks. Dump out any crumbs and then thoroughly clean them.
If your toaster oven racks have burnt on food or gunk, try soaking them in soapy water to loosen things up. Then you can use a toothbrush for scrubbing.
Wipe down the exterior of your toaster or toaster oven with a wet soapy cloth to remove any stains. Make sure you dry everything off before reassembling and plugging the appliance back in.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a self-cleaning oven, let the machine do the work for you! If that isn’t the case for your oven, try these tips for cleaning this kitchen appliance.
You can always purchase a commercial oven cleaner to get the job done, but there are other options as well. If you use a commercial cleaner, follow the directions on the can.
If you want to try a few natural cleaning options, here are a few things to use. You can soak oven racks in a tub of hot soapy water to remove baked-on food. You can also soak them with dryer sheets. The anti-static helps remove the food from the racks for easier wiping down.
Another easy homemade oven cleaner is baking soda. You can use a spray bottle to get the inside of the oven wet. Then add a layer of baking soda. After leaving the baking soda sit for a few hours, the grime should wipe off easily.
A mixture of half vinegar and half water makes a great cleaner for wiping spills and stains both inside and outside of your refrigerator. The more often you wipe down spills or stains, the easier this task will be.
Remove shelves, drawers, and racks for easier washing. I wash each of these in the sink with dish soap and water. You can take racks to the bathtub or use a large plastic tub if you need more room or they need soaking.
For cleaning the freezer, turn off the freezer and remove the contents. Wash all the shelves, trays, and bins with soapy water. Dry everything thoroughly before putting it back in the freezer.
Time to Clean Your Appliances
If you haven’t tackled cleaning your kitchen appliances recently, I hope these tips can help you get started. Although the process isn’t always fun, it is very satisfying to look around at a tidy kitchen with bright, shiny clean appliances.