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How to Clean Kitchen Appliances

How to Clean Your Refrigerator
A person wipes down the interior of a refrigerator with a sponge.

Your refrigerator houses both raw and cooked foods, as well as drinks and other items. It’s important to keep it hygienic.

  • The easiest way to give it a thorough cleaning is to begin by removing all the food, the shelves and the drawers.
  • Soak the drawers and shelves in water and dish soap while you wipe down the interior from the top down.
  • Soap and water works best when cleaning the interior. Never use disinfectant cleaners like bleach, which can taint your food. 
How to Clean Your Oven
A person sprays cleaner into an oven.

You can run the self-cleaning feature on your oven or manually give it a deep clean. Check out our detailed guide on oven cleaning for the pros and cons of each.

How to Clean Your Stove Top
A person wearing white kitchen gloves cleans a stove top with a sponge.

Stove tops are hot spots for food spills and drips, so clean it often to make sure your cooking area remains sanitary.

  • Remove the burner grates and soak them in dish soap and water.
  • If you have a gas stove, take off the burner caps and soak them as well.
  • For electric stoves, disconnect the burner coils and hand clean them with a sponge. Avoid getting the electrical connections wet.
  • Clean loose food off the stove top and wipe down the back panel, stove top and burner knobs with a sponge or towel.
  • Wipe down with a one-to-one mix of vinegar and water, or use dish soap and water if there's built-up grease. 
How to Clean Your Microwave
A person wipes the interior of a microwave oven.

Microwave clean-up is pretty straight-forward.

  • Remove the turntable and soak it in soapy water.
  • Place a microwave safe bowl of vinegar and water in the microwave and run it on high for two minutes.
  • The vinegar steam will eliminate odors and will loosen any hardened food to make cleaning the inside surfaces easier.
  • Wipe down with a sponge.
How to Clean Your Dishwasher
A person cleans the interior of a dishwasher with a sponge.

Keep your dishwasher in top shape and odor-free in a few quick and easy steps. This guide will walk you through the cleaning process.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker
A coffee maker runs with a mixture of water and vinegar.

Here's how to keep your coffee maker clean and in good working condition:

  • About once a month, wash the carafe with warm soapy water, using a sponge to remove debris.
  • Fill the reservoir with one part water, one part vinegar.
  • Place the filter in basket.
  • Run the solution through the machine.
  • Brew a new pot of clean water to eliminate any trace of vinegar.

Tip: Keep the water reservoir lid open after each use so it can dry out. 

Cleaning your kitchen appliances on a regular basis improves your home's appearance while ensuring that it's more hygienic.