How to Clean Appliances Effectively in Your Kitchen

February 25, 2022 Published by Leave your thoughts

Your kitchen requires regular cleaning so you can keep it safe and sanitary for the health of everyone in your home and so you can prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Part of this is prioritizing regular appliance cleaning, as the appliances you use for food preparation and storage will get dirty in a hurry.

Here’s a quick overview of how to clean some of the most important appliances in your kitchen.

Refrigerator

Your refrigerator features a combination of both raw and cooked foods, so it is crucial to keep it clean and hygienic.

The easiest method of cleaning the inside of a refrigerator is to remove food items first and then take out the shelves and drawers. You can soak those drawers and shelves in water and dish soap while you wipe down the interior. Never use disinfectants—these could harm your food and get you sick. Dish soap and water is just fine.

We recommend performing this task when you’re running low on groceries so you don’t have as many items to pull out and keep in a cooler or elsewhere.

Oven

Most ovens have a self-cleaning mechanism. This functionality works well, but you’ll want to be sure to use it on a day where the weather is nice enough that you can open some windows because it could get smelly and smoky. Otherwise, you can perform deep cleans on your own using special oven cleaners or baking soda and vinegar solutions.

You will need to clean the stovetop as well, much more frequently than you need to clean the oven. Stovetops see a lot of food spills and drips. You should wipe them down every day when you do the dishes, but for deep cleans, you can remove burner grates and soak them in dish soap and water and then wipe down the rest of the oven with dish soap and water or a mixture of vinegar and water. If you have a gas stove, make sure to take off and soak the burner caps.

Dishwasher

You can keep your dishwasher in good, clean condition and free of odors by performing routine cleanings. You can take out the removable parts and wash them individually. Then you can put a cup of white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe bowl and set it on the top rack of the dishwasher; then run the washer on the hottest cycle, and skip the drying cycle. This will loosen debris and make it easier to wipe down.

Microwave

Microwave cleaning is a fairly simple process. Remove the turntable, and allow it to soak in soapy water. Then use a microwave-safe bowl with a vinegar-water mixture, and let it run on high for two minutes. This eliminates odors and loosens hardened food so you can wipe down the inside surfaces with a sponge.

For more tips about appliance cleaning in your kitchen, reach out to the team at Crews Appliance Repair with any questions you have. We look forward to assisting you soon.

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