Cleaning kitchen appliances can be as simple as wiping with dishwashing detergent and water after use and once they’ve cooled down.  However, it can’t be avoided that sometimes we’re too busy at home, or we neglect to clean thoroughly.  And once we shut the door on the mess, we forget.  Then your appliance starts showing a nasty stubborn stain or smelling funky.  Not to worry though, it’s not a lost cause. With our quick cleaning tips, your kitchen appliance will once again be sparkling clean and ready for use.

Quick and Easy Cleaning Tips For Your Kitchen Appliances

The Fridge

  • General cleaning:

Cleaning TipsPull out removable parts and soak in a mixture of warm water and dishwashing detergent.  Wipe the fridge’s interior with a clean rag moistened with soapy water.

  • Hardened lumps:

Cover with a slightly wet cloth to loosen the lump.

  • Odours:

Leave a box of baking soda open inside the fridge to absorb odours.  You can replace the box with a new one when the odour returns or, if there are no unpleasant smells, about once a month.  For stronger odours, we suggest cleaning the interior of the fridge with a solution of a couple of tablespoons baking soda diluted with water.  Make sure the fridge is unplugged and emptied first.  Wipe the interior with a clean dry cloth after washing it.

The Microwave Oven

  • General cleaning:

Wipe the inside of the microwave with a clean rag slightly soaked with warm water and dishwashing detergent.  Dry afterwards with a clean cloth.

  • Lumps and Odours:

Place a cup of water and the juice of a lemon in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave this on high for about two minutes.  Wipe the inside of the microwave with a damp cloth.  Keep the door open for a few minutes if you want the lemony scent to disperse.

The Gas Stove Top

  • General cleaning, lumps and stains:
  1. Detach removable parts like grates and griddles (except for the knobs) and soak them in warm soapy water for several minutes (hours if they’re really dirty). Scrub the parts clean in the sink using a brush.  Wash the knobs as well.  Rinse and then allow to air dry.
  1. Use a piece of cloth moistened with warm soapy water to wipe and scrub stains on the stovetop. Keep re-wetting the cloth and scrubbing until stains are removed. Then, with a clean sponge slightly soaked in water, wipe away the soapy residue, rinse the sponge and repeat until the surface is clear.

The Oven

  • General cleaning:

Remove the oven racks and soak them in warm soapy water for several minutes.   Allow the oven to clean itself using the self-cleaning function.  Meanwhile, scrub and wash the racks.  Then rinse and let them dry.

  • Hardened Lumps and Odours:

Mix together ¾ cup baking soda and ¼ cup warm water to make a paste and apply this on the oven’s interior, but avoid openings and anything metal.  Leave for several hours then scrape off the paste with a rubber spatula.  Use a damp cloth to wipe off remaining streaks and spots.  You can also use this same method to remove lumps on stainless steel racks.

These cleaning tips will definitely make cleaning your appliances easier.  The fact that the materials you need are all common household items can also save you time and money.  Now you know what to do the next time your kitchen appliances need a deep clean.




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