Appliance Cleaning

by Karen Bates
(last updated August 3, 2015)

Odds are good that you have many appliances in your home that you use often. Both big and small appliances help with everyday chores and tasks and allow you to get jobs done more efficiently. Appliances come in a variety of sizes and prices, and these tools can assist you as long as they are properly cared for.

Maintenance is one of the most important factors when it comes to keeping your appliances running smoothly and effectively. Although taking care of your appliances entails a few different things, perhaps the most vital of all is cleaning.

Cleaning your appliances allows the items to work at their full capacity, and can also ensure that they will last for a long time. Appliances left uncleaned can become difficult to use, and may even become ruined and unusable. Since some appliances are not cheap, it can be vital that you keep them clean and well maintained to get your money's worth and give the appliance a longer life.

To keep your large and small appliances working great, try some of these cleaning ideas:

  • Clean your dishwasher once in a while. Wipe it out with baking soap and water, then run it empty with some dish detergent.
  • If your microwave has stuck-on spills, put a bowl of water inside and cook it for a few minutes, so it boils. This will loosen stuck-on spots with the moisture so they can be more easily wiped away.
  • Clean the inside of your refrigerator regularly. Wipe up spills, throw away old food and condiments, and leave a box of baking soda inside to absorb odors.
  • If you have a coffee maker, be sure to clean it so it can make the best possible brew. Run a mixture of water and vinegar through the coffee maker, then run it again with water only. This will help to remove build-up that may be left behind.
  • The washing machine can require a good cleaning at times. Run the washing machine with some vinegar to help remove dirt and odors.
  • Wipe the range in your kitchen after each use to prevent troublesome spots. Run your oven's self-cleaning program as needed to reduce stuck-on burnt food particles.

Don't forget to clean smaller appliances on a regular basis as well. Toasters, electric can openers, electric mixers, and more all need proper cleaning and maintenance to be their best.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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