How to clean and maintain your kitchen appliances

kitchen cleaning tips

There’s nothing like a clean kitchen. It does take a bit of work to maintain, but when you don’t clean the appliances in the kitchen, it becomes noticeable. The food and beverages begin to take on the taste of what’s left in the kitchen uncleaned which isn’t very nice. So, it’s best to keep it clean and maintain the appliances at the same time too.

Refrigerator

The worst offender is behind the refrigerator. It collects all manner of debris, dust and food remnants that magically find their way back there.

Wiggle the refrigerator to a new position to free up the space it was covering, then get to work. Use a broom to remove the debris that you can see and put that in the bin.

Use the vacuum on the refrigerator coils as they’re the bad boys for dust accumulation. If not cleaned regularly, they make the cooling less efficient and the energy usage can rise by 10-20% too.

Check the gaskets on the door. Are they firm or loose and not providing a strong seal causing the coils to work overtime? Replace the ones that have seen their best days with new ones. Use soapy water to wipe the gaskets down every 4-6 weeks to keep them clean.

Remove the contents and clean inside the refrigerator every few weeks. Defrosting is never a bad idea either.

Stove and Oven

Some ovens will clean themselves if they’re a modern version. Others you have to do it. Most self-cleaning modes are efficient and only leave the odd spot that needs personal attention to clean up. Look for spaces between oven sections that collect food particles and need a wet cloth to reach them.

Use a spray oven cleaner to get to the parts that are left. Wipe down with a sponge any parts like the interior and exterior oven doors to get them clean and sparkly again. These sprays are strong, so vent the air out of the kitchen to avoid breathing in the fumes from the spray. When you clean the spills after they happen, the monthly cleanup is less arduous.

For the top of the stove, use soapy water to wipe the hood, knobs and burners (turn off power to them first). Clean the drip grates.

Dishwasher & Sharpening tools

Check the drain on the dishwasher for any clogs. Look at the gaskets near the door to check if they’re still providing a good seal or not. Energy usage is at stake and thorough cooking if they’re not.

Use some vinegar (white) in a bowl on its own inside the dishwasher to clean the interior. on the another hand sharpening and cutting tools also important part of kitchen here is my tools gallery guide website where you can read detail information regarding cleaning and maintenance of cutting and sharpening kitchen tools.

Microwavekitchen cleaning tips

Microwaves are easy to clean. For items stuck on the inside, use a microwave-safe tub filled with some water, heat to boiling point and then let the steam release the remnants stuck to the side and floor. Then wipe it down.

Toaster

Remove the plug from power outlet first. Slide out the crumb tray at the bottom and clean it. Upend the toaster and shake it over the sink to let bread bits falls out. Wipe the toaster down and then let it dry completely before it’s safe to plug back in and use it.

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