Spring is quickly approaching. While many of us are welcoming the warmer weather, we’re also thinking about that age-old tradition that comes with the season—spring cleaning! Curtains, bedding, rugs, windows, and floors usually get the special springtime treatment, but it’s easy to forget that kitchen appliances need some TLC too.
Here are some tips to help you give your kitchen appliances a good spring cleaning.
Refrigerators can get pretty gross if not cleaned regularly. Here’s how to do it properly:
1. First, remove all food from the refrigerator and freezer. Toss out any old food. Perishables that are still edible should be stored in a cooler while you clean.
2. Unplug the unit and let freezer defrost.
3. Soak shelves and bins in warm soapy water. If your refrigerator has dishwasher-safe shelves, then you can let your dishwasher handle the work.
4. Spray the inside of the refrigerator and freezer with your preferred cleaner and scrub thoroughly. A mixture of hot water and vinegar also works well as non-toxic alternative to most cleaners.
5. Vacuum your refrigerator’s condenser coils.
6. Wash the exterior with soap and water, or commercial stainless steel cleaner, if needed.
7. Once clean, you can plug the unit in and put your food back. And you might as well use this as an opportunity to ensure your refrigerator is perfectly organized.
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Range tops are magnets for food spills, but they don’t have to be stuck on there forever.
1. Some gas range tops have dishwasher-safe grates and burner caps. If yours does, then you’re in luck. If not, remove the grates and burner caps and wash them by hand with hot soapy water. Let them soak for a while if there’s some stubborn burnt on food.
2. Spray a citrus-based cleaner on the stovetop and let it sit for at least 10 minutes to disinfect the area and lift away stains. After 10 minutes, wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat if necessary.
3. Turn knobs to off position and lift them off. Wipe them clean with a wet and soapy cloth, dry thoroughly, and place them back on the stove top.
These are the steps for cleaning a gas range top. If you have an electric cooktop, the coiled heating elements can easily be replaced if they get damaged or extremely dirty. Induction cooktops are super easy to clean. Simply wipe them down with a damp cloth or use your favorite kitchen cleaner. Find out more about the pros and cons of each type of range top.
Months of baked on messes make ovens one of the toughest appliances to clean. But it’s far from impossible if you know how.
1. Remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with a mixture of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. After they soak for about 30 minutes, any grease or grime on the racks should be easily wiped away with a rag or sponge.
2. While the racks are soaking, you can use a commercial oven cleaner to clean the oven’s interior. Carefully follow the directions on the label and be sure to wear gloves.
3. If you prefer a non-toxic alternative, you can mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water to create a thick, spreadable paste that you then apply to the oven’s interior.
Your microwave may take the most abuse of any appliance in the kitchen. However, cleaning it is a breeze.
1. Place a bowl filled with water and several freshly cut slices of lemon in the center of the microwave and heat it for 3 minutes.
2. When it stops, leave the door closed for about 5 minutes. This will allow the steam to penetrate and soften stains and spills.
3. Then, open the door, remove the bowl and wipe the interior clean with a paper towel.
Despite being bathed in detergent and water day in and day out, dishwashers can get dirty.
1. Soak the racks and utensil basket in warm soapy water.
2. Fill the dishwasher detergent cup with white vinegar or a commercial dishwasher cleaner. Run a heavy clean cycle. About 20 minutes in, stop the cycle and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, start the cycle again and let it finish.
3. Clean the exterior with soapy warm water, or a stainless steel cleaner.
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