How to Clean Kitchen Appliances
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Your kitchen appliances come in contact with food every day, so keep them clean and sanitized to protect your health, as well as prevent mold and germ growth. Kitchen appliances can be a challenge to clean after constant use. This guide will show you how to clean each one in a few easy steps.
Tip: Make sure your cleaning products match your materials. If your kitchen features stainless steel appliances, clean them with products made for that purpose.
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.
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.
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.
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.