So maybe you didn’t get quite as far with your spring cleaning as you thought you would. That’s ok. Summer doesn’t TECHNICALLY start until the end of June so you still have some time to tackle your kitchen, bathroom, windows, and more. Today we’re here to help you tackle some of the more daunting tasks – your appliances. They cook, house, mix, wash, and dispose of your food every day but you may not be giving them the love they deserve. They tend to be a little more gross than you’d like to admit. Read on to find the easiest ways to tackle your appliances with some fresh spring cleaning!
Basic Deep Clean
Fill a bucket with warm water and a few squirts of mild dish soap. Empty the appliance of anything inside or around it. Using a sponge or clean rag, scrub the appliance with the soapy mixture, concentrating on gross areas. Always be careful around electrical sections. Rinse the area with clean water, either from a spray bottle, fresh rag, or in the sink. Finish with a shine spray for smooth surfaces or an antibacterial spray for surfaces that food could touch. This will work for most of your appliances such as:
- Cooking appliances such as waffle irons, presses, kettles, etc.
- Garbage cans
If you have to focus on those pesky oily spots, grab some Cream of Tartar. Making a paste with some water you can buff away the grease spots that show up on toasters, knives, microwaves, or vents.
Empty the dishwasher entirely. Sprinkle baking soda all along the bottom of the washer and in the detergent receptacle. Fill a large cup with vinegar and place in the top rack. Run on a scrubbing cycle with hot water, then again with a rinse cycle.
Coat the inside of your oven with an oven cleanser or make your own with baking soda. Work it into baked on stains. Soak the racks in a sink full of soapy water, and then use the oven “self-clean” feature if you have one to clean your oven overnight or for a designated amount of time. Carefully wipe it out and tackle any remaining stains with a baking soda & dish soap mix.
Washer & Dryer
Running your washer with some baking soda and bleach can clear out a lot of the remaining grime and buildup from all the laundry loads you’ve done. Take this opportunity to fully remove all the lint from the lint trap and rinse the filer. Replace if needed.
Now is a good a time as any to make your home just that much more clean – even if it takes an extra afternoon of elbow grease. Your appliances and kitchen will thank you!