How to Clean Kitchen Appliances

Keep your kitchen appliances clean and sanitized to protect your family's health

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. For example, if your kitchen features stainless steel appliances, it’s best to clean the exterior with a product specially made for this purpose.

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR REFRIGERATOR
How to Clean Your Refrigerator

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

• The easiest way to give it a thorough cleaning is to remove all the food, the shelves and the drawers first.
• 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.Your refrigerator houses both raw and cooked foods, as well as drinks and other items. It’s the important to keep it hygienic.

• The easiest way to give it a thorough cleaning is to remove all the food, the shelves and the drawers first.
• 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.

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR OVEN
How to Clean  Your Oven

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

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR STOVE TOP
How to Clean Your Stove Top

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.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.

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MICROWAVE
How to Clean Your Microwave

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 it will loosen any hardened food to make cleaning the inside surfaces easier.
• Wipe down with a sponge.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 it will loosen any hardened food to make cleaning the inside surfaces easier.
• Wipe down with a sponge.

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DISHWASHER
How to Clean Your Dishwasher

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.

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR COFFEE MAKER
How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

Keep your coffee maker in clean working condition. Here’s how:

• Every so often, wash the carafe with warm soapy water, using a sponge to remove debris.
• Fill the reservoir with one part water, one part vinegar.
• Place 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 outKeep your coffee maker in clean working condition. Here’s how:

• Every so often, wash the carafe with warm soapy water, using a sponge to remove debris.
• Fill the reservoir with one part water, one part vinegar.
• Place 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