September 23, 2016

No Room for Dirt: 5 Tips on Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

Don’t let a dirty oven or toaster hinder your meal preparations. We give you 5 tips on keeping kitchen appliances free from stains and gunk.

Your kitchen is central to a great deal of activities at home. You prepare food in the kitchen. You wash dishes in the kitchen. At times, you even grab a quick bite in the kitchen. There are a lot of things happening in the kitchen that leaving it unclean and unorganized can be quite disastrous.

So, where do you start cleaning? You can start with the things you use everyday – appliances. Cleaning kitchen appliances is not only for the sake of keeping your space organized, but also for your wellbeing.

Any surface or appliance you used to prepare raw food requires immediate cleaning to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Here are some quick tips to get you started on cleaning kitchen appliances:

  1. Scrape off the crumbs and wash the grease from your oven.

Stains, crumbs, and grease are your top enemies when it comes to the oven. While most ovens have auto-cleaning functions, this is not enough to eliminate the mess fully. You need to scrub every surface and rack if you want a spotless oven.

Start with the racks. Remove them from the oven and soak them in lukewarm water with dishwashing liquid. This makes it easier to scrub the stains or the grease from the grills. Rinse the racks thoroughly after scrubbing and wipe with a clean dish cloth.

Create a paste using baking soda and water. Spread this all over the interior of the oven and let it sit there overnight. Afterwards, wipe the interior with a wet dish cloth—make sure to cover all areas. Don’t forget to wipe the door. Put the racks back and turn on the oven in low temperature for 10 minutes to let the interior dry.

  1. Your dishwasher requires regular cleaning, as well.

All those coffee-stained mugs, dirty casseroles, and piles of unwashed plates can take their toll on your dishwasher. If left neglected, these can affect the efficiency of your appliance.

Dishwashers are no stranger when it comes to grime; this usually accumulates around gasket on the door or in the dishwasher trap. To make sure your washer remains grime-free, wipe the surface with a damp cloth. The dishwasher trap is usually removable, so you can just take it out and rinse it thoroughly.

  1. Don’t let your coffee maker go unwashed.

Most wouldn’t think their coffee makers as a breeding ground for bacteria until they notice something wrong with their morning brews.

Coffee makers are easy to clean. You can simply wash the removable parts with warm water and dishwashing soap after every use. Cleanse the water chamber using white vinegar and water mixture. Place a paper filter and turn on the coffee maker as if you are brewing the mixture. Rinse it by putting in a paper filter and filling the chamber with clean water.

  1. Remove the crumbs and bits from your toaster.

Toasters already have a crumb catcher for all the bits and tiny pieces of bread that falls off whenever you toast, but that’s not the only place you need to be cleaning.

Pull out the crumb catcher and wash it with warm water and dishwashing soap. Next, shake the machine over the sink or trash bin to remove the crumbs trapped inside. Dry the crumb catcher with a clean dish cloth before putting it back in the toaster.

  1. Wipe the stains off your microwave.

Your microwave is by far the easiest to clean out of all your kitchen appliances. All you need to do is fill a microwavable container with water, put it into the microwave, and let it boil. Use the steam from the water to loosen the baked-on stains inside the microwave. Wipe the interiors with a clean dish cloth once it cools down a bit.

Final Thoughts

Don’t let dirty kitchen appliances be the next home of bacteria. Create a cleaning schedule to cover all the bases in your kitchen – from the shelves down to the last pot. If anything, this will not only make your kitchen safe, but also take away the stress from meal prep times.