Arranging your kitchen properly and maintaining your electrical kitchen appliances say a lot about the type of cook you’re. Kitchen appliances that are always thoroughly cleaned and well-maintained can function optimally and last longer.
It’s also prudent to declutter and organize your kitchenware in groups of most used, rarely used and never used for easier accessibility.
Even people who have mastered the art of keeping their cabinets sparkling and laundry tidy can find it quite challenging to maintain the entire kitchen clean at all times.
Moreover, certain appliances such as refrigerators that have several detachable parts and hard to reach spaces can be difficult to clean thoroughly.
The line between cleaning and maintaining is often blurred. Once you manage to clean your appliances perfectly they’ll serve you better and last longer. So, before you decide to replace a filthy kitchen appliance with a newer version, consider following these tips for cleaning and maintaining the appliances that you already own.
A refrigerator is one of the busiest appliances in a home. If it ever breaks down it can cost you a lot of expensive groceries that can last you an entire week. The first rule of thumb is to ensure that you pay attention to the weird sounds that may come from the fan, evaporator or fan motor.
In fact, a rattling or buzzing sound from any of your electrical appliances is a clue that you need to make some repairs or replace certain parts of the appliance. Make sure that you wipe your refrigerator thoroughly to clean the gaskets and check for any potential cracks.
Remember, when air leaks out through the gasket doors of the refrigerator, the quality of food storage will be affected. Apply a layer of seal conditioner or some jelly to keep the gaskets of the refrigerator doors supple.
Don’t forget the backside of the refrigerator like most people do; instead, use a handheld vacuum cleaner or hard brush to remove all the food debris from the condenser coils as well.
If your refrigerator is a sub-zero refrigerator you can access the coils on the top of the unit. Cleaning your refrigerator to remove all the unnecessary dust will ensure that the refrigerator gets proper airflow through the fan in order to function optimally. Food debris can also affect the compressor. The refrigerator’s components shouldn’t be made to work harder by leaving food particles to accumulate on its parts.
Just like with the refrigerator, you ought to inspect the doors to ensure that the gaskets don’t have tears or loosening. The gaskets are responsible for holding the water inside the dishwasher to avoid leaking out to the kitchen floor. The dishwasher door should line up well with the frame when you close the dishwasher.
Routinely, you should check for any clogs underneath the bottom of the appliance. The easiest way is to remove the filter and rinse out all the food debris that stuck in the dishwasher.
You can use the acidity in a Lemonade Kool-Aid packet in the place of a detergent in dissolving the build up food particles. The detergent dispenser should be opening during the wash cycle. It’s not very expensive to replace the dispenser if it’s broken or not functioning properly.
Cleaning food off your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher for thorough cleaning is the best way to prolong the dishwasher’s lifespan. The food particles can gum up the moving parts of the dishwasher and render it useless.
Oven and Range
Ensure that the surface elements are working perfectly by doing periodic checks. Any sign of buckling or damage should be resolved beforehand to prevent further damage. Wipe out any foods that spill on the ceramic top of your range.
But in case the food burns on the top of the range, make sure you scrub it lightly using a razor blade. If you want to avoid using harsh detergents when cleaning the inside of your oven, you need to get used to cleaning it regularly. Here are easy to follow steps for cleaning your oven in a natural manner.
- Sprinkle baking soda in your oven.
- Spray vinegar and baking soda and let it settle for about half an hour in the oven surface.
- Scrub the mixture of baking soda and vinegar using a soft material or scrubbing pad until you remove all grime from your oven’s surfaces.
Avoid the mistake of putting an aluminum foil at the bottom of your oven to tap foods that spill, because the foil will limit the airflow into your oven and affect the heating elements. It will be expensive to repair and do recalibrations when the damage happens.
Almost every microwave has some remains of food particles. The food particles will continue heating every time the appliance is switched on and with time they can harden like small rocks. Furthermore, the microwave’s tops and sides can also burn because they’re used for heating foods at high temperatures.
It’s therefore, vital to clean the inside of a microwave with a glass cleaner. Sprinkle a cup of hot water and vinegar mixture into the inside greasy parts of your microwave for best results. You can scrub the mixture with a sponge or scrubbing pad after a while.
Don’t forget the smaller kitchen appliances on your countertops such as blender, coffee maker, and toaster because they too require cleaning and maintenance. A mixture of vinegar and hot water is all that is required to restore the shiny surfaces of these appliances.
For the coffeemaker, you can pour the mixture into its reservoir and run it as you would a cup of coffee. Follow up the process with clean water to rinse the vinegar smell from the coffeemaker.
Put some vinegar on a cloth and use it to wipe out the shiny surface of your toaster’s stainless steel exterior. If your toaster has a removable tray, you can remove it slowly and clear off the crumb build-up before replacing the tray.
You can also unplug it and turn it upside down on your sink to shake out all the crumbs. In other words, with some of the natural cleaning solutions, you can clean all your kitchen appliances and maintain them for a long time.