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Cleaning kitchen appliances

Cleaning kitchen appliances
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Ah, the kitchen. The heart of the home and the place that constantly sees the most action. Additionally, you are probably cooking at home quite a bit lately, and your kitchen appliances are getting a ton of use. Time for a good old spring clean of these appliances to keep your kitchen clean and efficient. Use this guide to clean kitchen appliances, big and small. 

How to clean small kitchen appliances

Blender

The most thorough way to clean your blender is to take it apart and wash the individual components. This should be done once a year. There is also a speedier version that can be done after every use. Half fill your blender with hot water. Add a dash of dish soap then whizz your blender for 10 seconds. Rinse. Ta-da, clean blender!

Toaster

First things first: Unplug. Give the toaster a good shake over the sink (or trash can) to get rid of old crumbs. Wash the crumb tray, then place it back into the toaster. Allow it to completely dry before plugging it back in!

Coffee maker

Get rid of deposits and limescale that clog up your coffee machine by pouring two parts water, one part white vinegar into the water reservoir. Run it through a drip cycle. Let it sit and soak for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Run it through another 1-2 cycles of water only  to completely rinse out the vinegar. Finally, wipe down the exterior and wash removable parts in soapy water.

How to clean kitchen appliances – coffee maker
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How to clean big kitchen appliances

Fridge

The refrigerator works harder than any other kitchen appliance, yet we clean it far less than we should! Stains and icky odors build up over time and can make food perish faster.. Deep clean your fridge by first removing all food and condiments, and storing them somewhere cool. Pull out shelves and draws and wash in warm, soapy water. Using an all-purpose kitchen cleaner like Soft Scrub® Multi-Surface Gel clean the inside and outside of the fridge. Wipe down with a damp cleaning cloth. Before putting your food back, make sure it is all within expiration date. 

Dishwasher

Does it not clean itself? Not quite! Clean your dishwasher in steps:

 

  1. Clean the components

    Clean the seals, inner walls, gaskets and blades with an all-purpose kitchen cleaner and unblock nozzles carefully with a toothpick.

  2. Clean the drain

    Check the drain at the bottom of the machine for gunk and debris. Remove it to rinse it under running water.

  3. Run on empty

    After you have put the parts back in, run a hot wash with an empty machine.

Oven

Before you start cleaning your oven, make sure it is completely cool and read the instructions. Normally, they will contain the manufacturer's cleaning advice, which is a good place to start.

  1. Take out the rack(s) and trays. Spray with oven cleaner, let it soak in, and rinse off in the sink.
  2. Clean the interior of the oven by spraying with oven cleaner. Avoid spraying the fan if you have one.
  3. When the oven cleaner is doing its magic, clean the outside of the oven door with a degreasing detergent, or glass spray and a cleaning rag.
  4. Finally, get to work on the knobs and handles. Wipe with a damp cleaning rag and dishwashing liquid. A soft-bristled toothbrush can be useful to get into the tiny crevices. Then wipe again with a clean, damp rag.

Tip: If you have a self-cleaning oven, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s advice!

Microwave

Tomato sauce stains, be gone! Deep clean your microwave like this:

 

  1. Turn it off and make sure the inside is cool.
  2. Clean with Soft Scrub® All Purpose Cleanser
    Squeeze directly onto the surface or on a damp sponge. Rub gently until all of the grime has been removed.
  3. Wipe clean
    Using a damp cloth and a little dish soap, wipe the inside and outside of your microwave clean.
  4. Clean plate
    Check manufacturing instructions. If your microwave plate is dishwasher safe, wash it in there. If not, hot water and soap will do nicely.

For more details on cleaning your microwave, check out our article on microwave cleaning tips.

There is nothing as satisfying as a clean home! We are here to help you get your home sparkling. Get more spring-cleaning tips here.

Tomato sauce stains, be gone! Deep clean your microwave like this:

 

  1. Turn it off and make sure the inside is cool.
  2. Clean with Soft Scrub® All Purpose Cleanser
    Squeeze directly onto the surface or on a damp sponge. Rub gently until all of the grime has been removed.
  3. Wipe clean
    Using a damp cloth and a little dish soap, wipe the inside and outside of your microwave clean.
  4. Clean plate
    Check manufacturing instructions. If your microwave plate is dishwasher safe, wash it in there. If not, hot water and soap will do nicely.

For more details on cleaning your microwave, check out our article on microwave cleaning tips.

There is nothing as satisfying as a clean home! We are here to help you get your home sparkling. Get more spring-cleaning tips here.

There is nothing as satisfying as a clean home! We are here to help you get your home sparkling. Get more spring-cleaning tips here.