April showers, bring May flowers and, after some serious pep-talking and motivation, a freshly cleaned home. That’s right, it’s spring cleaning season once again.
When the time comes to deep clean your house, you may think that all your appliances get a thorough clean. You clean up food splatter from the oven and microwave. You regularly remove spoiled food from your refrigerator and you wipes the shelves down on a regular basis.
But are there areas of your appliances that you’re missing?
The answer is most likely, “YES!”
The fact is that most people don’t realize the hidden areas that need to be cleaned.
Here’s a quick checklist of spring cleaning tasks that will help keep your appliances in tip top shape:
Stubborn Messes: Place a bowl or mug filled with water and several freshly cut slices of lemon in the center of the microwave and turn the microwave on high for at least three minutes. Leave the door closed for several more minutes to let steam penetrate and soften food spills, as well as remove odors. Open door, remove mug or bowl and wipe interior clean with a paper towel or wash cloth.
Stove and Oven
Spills and built-up residue can hinder your oven’s performance and affect the flavor of the foods you cook. Always follow your manufacturers directions for what to use when cleaning your appliance.
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Cleaning this appliance: Remove oven racks and wash in warm soapy water. Spray oven cleaner on interior and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe away grimy residue.
For difficult baked-on spills, use a mixture of ½ cup baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to create a spreadable paste consistency. Wear gloves as you spread mixture all over oven interior, focusing on difficult spills. Let sit overnight. Wipe away mixture next day and spray vinegar wherever baking soda paste is still present. The residue will begin to foam, removing spill. Wipe away foamy mixture. Final wipe down with damp cloth.
Refrigerator & Freezer
Refrigerator coils: Over time, the coils collect dirt, hair, grease, grime, and other debris that reduces refrigeration efficiency and eventually causes the appliance to overheat and break down. A coil brush and vacuum will help you with the coil cleaning and removing other dirt that has accumulated behind or under your refrigerator.
To access the coils, remove the grill from the bottom or back of the fridge, depending on your appliance’s design. Then, vacuum the coils with the brush attachment to remove any buildup.
Clean the door seal: Gently pull back the seal and check for stains or dirt buildup. Clean dirt buildup with a solution made of bleach and water (¾ cup of bleach mixed with one-gallon of water) and a soft cloth. Make sure you remove any leftover bleach solution with a damp cloth.
Water filter: Replace your refrigerator water filter every six months, or on the schedule recommended by your refrigerator’s use and care manual. Daylight saving time is a great bi-yearly marker for keeping track of when to replace the filter if your unit doesn’t have a reminder alarm.
When the water filter fills up with contaminants it can actually make water dirtier than it was from the tap! It can also slow or stop ice production.
Read More: Tips for Organizing Your Refrigerator
Dishwasher trap and filter: Clean the dishwasher trap and filter, if you have one, and remove any debris you find. Excessive water left behind after the load is done may indicate a problem. Note: Make sure the garbage disposal is always clean before running a dishwasher load.
Use a dishwasher cleaning product: Run an empty cycle with a dishwasher cleaner to remove calcium deposits. This prevents the sprayer arm from becoming clogged, so you don’t have to worry about repairing it prematurely. You can continue to do this every three to six months, or as recommended by your appliances manufacturer.
Washing Machine and Dryer
Clean the dryer vent: The piece of tubing that leads from your dryer to to the outside of the house should be cleaned once a year by a qualified service technician.
Check behind your dryer and remove any trapped lint and debris, and remove lint from in and around the drum.
Run a cleaning cycle: For front load washers, running the cleaning cycle (if you have that option) with a washing machine cleaner will help keep your washer smelling fresh and clean. Be sure to refer to the washing machine owner’s manual for additional cleaning and maintenance instructions.
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Yearly To-Do List
While your kitchen floors, dishes, and countertops may be at the top of your cleaning to-do list, it’s often easy to forget about cleaning the appliances that are always there for us when we need them. Some of your appliances are so essential that you should make it a goal to check and clean these items as part of your yearly maintenance. Not only will this help keep down energy costs (yeah, for saving money), but it will also keep your appliances running longer.
Take Notes: As you clean your appliances and perform regular maintenance of your much loved appliances, take notes. Write down anything you notice, such a broken seals, missing parts or damaged items. Have a professional replace or repair as necessary.
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