To ensure your kitchen appliances run efficiently and last for longer you simply need to carry out regular maintenance. As the weather gets warmer this is the ideal time to start – most appliances work harder during hot weather. Take a look at how to do a spring clean and maintenance for your appliances…
Check water hoses and valves for leaks before running an acid wash cycle to sanitise the appliance. Get rid of any debris around the gaskets with a damp towel to ensure a tight seal, and clean the trap and filter to prevent any blockages. You can also deodorise your appliance by sprinkling a cup of baking soda into the bottom of the tub and run for a half cycle with hot water before opening the door to let the interior air dry.
Check all the dates on food items and dispose of any that are old – before you start to clean make sure the temperature setting is correct. Once you’ve emptied the fridge of food, remove the drawers and shelves to clean individually. Using a non-toxic cleaner wipe down the interior. Clean condenser coils to ensure the appliance won’t overheat and stress.
Check the door seals and gaskets for leaks as these will allow cold air to escape – then clean with a mild detergent. If you have really stubborn stains you can sprinkle some baking soda onto the affected areas before using the cleaning solution on your cloth.
Detergent can quickly build up in the drawers so make sure you remove and clean them out thoroughly – residue and mould can also cause offensive smells. Keeping the door seals clean will let you check for any damage here. Once a month run the machine empty with hot water and a cup of distilled white vinegar to sanitise the drum.
Leaving the door open between washes will help prevent any bacterial growth, and regularly wiping down the interior after each wash will help extend the life of your machine. Check washer hoses and valves to prevent any potential leaks, and clean the filter to avoid blockages.
For a natural oven cleaner you can utilise vinegar and baking soda. Scrape out any burnt on food residues before you spread the baking soda over the oven floor. Then spray on the vinegar which will bubble and make it easy for you to get rid of any remaining dried food. Clean the hob with the appropriate cleaning products and soak the oven racks before wiping thoroughly with a clean cloth and re-assembling.
Clean your microwave about once a month using a cup of water with a drop of essential oils or white vinegar for that extra boost. Place the cup in the oven and heat for three minutes – you need the water to be really hot for food residues to be loosened enough to wipe out. Handle the cup carefully when removing it so you don’t burn yourself. Using a damp sponge or cloth wipe the interior from top to bottom.
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