It is a chore you just cannot ignore: cleaning your major appliances, to include your range, your fridge and freezer, your dishwasher, your washer-dryer and more. By neglecting to put some elbow grease into your appliances, you are guaranteeing that they run inefficiently, costing you more money on your energy bill and causing your appliances to break down sooner.
How to Clean Home Appliances
However, just because you have to clean your appliances doesn’t mean you have to spend hours every week making sure they shine. Here you will find to make it more comfortable (and more enjoyable) to keep your appliances clean.
If you have a glass cooktop, you already know how easy cleaning can be. As long as you avoid using abrasive scrubbing tools, your stove should shine with relatively little effort. For everyone else, keeping a stovetop clean is quite the ordeal. Unfortunately, aside from using the microwave exclusively, there are few tips and tricks for holding an electric coil or gas stove spotless.
Here’s the big one: ammonia. Remove the burners from the stove and place them in zip-top bags, and then fill the bags with ammonia. Let the burners soak overnight, and rinse them off in the morning. They’ll shine, no scrubbing required. For the rest of the cooktop, sprinkle it with baking soda and spray that with hydrogen peroxide. The fizzing reaction should break through any cooked-on grime, making it easier to wipe away.
Newer ovens have self-cleaning settings, which super-heat the oven in an attempt to turn any leftover food into ash. However, if you have an older model — or if you don’t want to waste all that energy on cleaning — you need to learn how to clean your oven yourself, the easy way.
As with stovetop cleaning, you only need a few ingredients you probably already have around your house — there’s no reason to invest in expensive oven cleaners when you have baking soda, vinegar, and water. Mix the ingredients in the form of a paste, and layer the paste on the dirtiest parts of the oven. Then, place the remaining paste mixture in an oven-safe bowl, and bake it for 45 minutes at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Once time is up, you should be able to use a sponge to wipe out all that grime, quick and easy.
* Fridge and Freezer:
Refrigerators are built for easy cleaning; the glass shelves and plastic sides make wiping away spills as simple as possible. If any food does have a particularly tenacious hold, you can use baking soda and some water to loosen it up. Then, you can eliminate weird fridge odors by keeping an open container of baking soda in the back.
The freezer is a different story. Ice will build up anything and everything in your freezer, and if you aren’t diligent, the ice will grab hold of your food items and refuse to let go. To speed defrost your freezer, you can use a blow dryer, a fan, bowls, and pot’s of hot water, a heated spatula, warm clothes and more — but the best solution is patience and time.
While you are in the cleaning mood, it might be a good idea to check the coils of your fridge and freezer for dust and debris. Located under a kickplate at the bottom or behind the unit, these coils run more efficiently when they are clean. You can use the hose attachment on your vacuum to suck junk up fast.
The dishwasher is self-cleaning, right? All that food gunk that your dishwasher so graciously cleans off your dirty dishes often lingers on the walls and racks as well as below the fans of your machine, causing odors and preventing plates from becoming genuinely spotless. Soap scum can form when the dishwasher detergent mixes with your hard water, and it, too, can impact the dishwasher’s look and function.
Fortunately, it isn’t difficult to get a dishwasher clean. Fill a dishwasher-safe cup two-thirds full of white vinegar, and place the cup on the top rack. Then, run the dishwasher with the normal cycle. Once the cycle is complete — voila — you have a clean dishwasher.
You can’t get away from cleaning your appliances one way or another — so you might as well choose the easy way. With these tricks, you’ll have sparkling appliances in a snap so you can allocate time and energy to cleaning the rest of your house.