A Guide to Grime: Spring Cleaning Tips for your Appliances

Ahh spring, how we’ve longed for your arrival through this cold and damp winter. With the winter wind on its way out, we’re looking forward to the warm weather, meals outside, and of course, some good old-fashioned spring cleaning to prep for the fun to come. Of all the essential tasks, cleaning your appliances is one of the most important, yet often the most overlooked.

 

Your appliances are usually the most vulnerable places for grime, germs, mold, and mildew. Keeping them clean will not only keep them running efficiently, but is a finishing touch on a truly clean home. In this blog, we’ve complied a list of the best ways to clean your appliances, both big and small, to give your home the thorough spring cleaning it deserves.

Microwave

Any and all microwaves fall victim to spills and splatters over time, and while a quick scrub will remove surface stains, there’s often deeper food grime that gets left in the depths of your microwave. This easy remedy will get rid of all those pesky spots & missed splatters, and leave your microwave smelling and looking good as new.

Fill a coffee mug 4/5ths full with water and add a few slices of fresh lemon. Put it in the microwave and heat it on a high power setting for 3-4 minutes. When the timer sounds, leave the mug in your microwave for another three minutes. The trick here is in the steam— as it sits, it will soften food spills while the hot lemon fumigates lingering odor and attacks residue. Remove the mug and wipe down the walls with a towel damp from warm, soapy water to remove any and all residue.

Coffeemaker

We’re not sure about you, but we use our coffee maker every single day! Arguably one of the most important appliances in the home, the coffee maker often gets neglected. Not cleaning it can cause hard-water minerals to build up inside, effecting both the speed of brew and taste of your cup of joe. Not anymore. With this simple trick  your machine will be running smoothly, and making even better-tasting coffee.

First things first: empty and clean the filter. You can do this with a bit of dish soap and a scrub brush, or put it through the dishwasher. To clean the inner mechanisms of the machine, pour three cups of water and three cups of white vinegar into the water chamber, then switch on the brew cycle. Let the solution “brew” three of the six cups of the solution, then switch the machine off. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then switch it back on and let it finish “brewing” your solution. Lastly, repeat this process using six cups of water at least once through to make sure all the vinegar has been flushed out.

Oven

Nothing is more haunting than the dark depths of a dirty oven. From dripping pans to last night’s lasagna, the oven is a hotspot for grease and grime buildup from past meals. Assuming that you do not have a self-cleaning oven, this little home remedy is practically magic, and will make any gunk and grease that’s been building up disappear right before your very eyes!

First, remove the racks and soak them in the sink or bath tub in dish soap and warm water. Use a soft brush or low-abrasion pad to remove built-up food from between the metal bars.

As we move to the inside of the oven, we recommend starting by removing any loose or left behind crumbs with a vacuum. To clear the gunk, add two tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water and apply the solution to the inside walls, top, and bottom of your oven. Use an old toothbrush to go between the creases and in any nook and cranny you may have missed. Using a spray bottle, spritz the coated areas with vinegar, then using paper towels or a washcloth, wipe it all away to reveal a sparkling clean oven. Grease and cooked-on food are no match for this truly powerful quick fix.

Stovetop

If you really want to make your home sparkle this spring, deep cleaning the stovetop is the essential step to take any kitchen from gross to glam in a few quick minutes.

If you have a gas stove, remove the heat plates/grates and scrub the surface around the heating parts. After filling your sink with warm, soapy water, soak the burners, knobs, and hood vents for an hour, scrubbing to remove any stuck-on grime. Make sure you dry the grates with a clean cloth, being vigilant to remove any liquid, which can rust if it’s not completely dry, before putting back in place. The surface of the stove can then be scrubbed with a detergent or vinegar solution similar to that used in the oven. The key on the stove is to be thorough, scrubbing problematic spots into oblivion with a surface-safe scrubber. The small, difficult-to-reach places around the heating coils or plates may need to be scrubbed with a toothbrush. Finish by rinsing with water drying with a clean towel.

Refrigerator

 We all know the fridge can get pretty gross if it isn’t cleaned on a regular basis. It’s important to regularly give your refrigerator a deep clean, as food bits and juices often get left behind, leaving it sticky and stinky.

To begin cleaning your fridge, start by unplugging it so as to not waste energy while it’s open. Remove all the shelves and drawers and wash each individually, making sure to get all sides. We recommend adding one tablespoon of dishwashing soap to a quart of water, then scrubbing all surfaces with the solution. To finish, just wipe clean with a cloth or towel to remove any grime left over.

Don’t forget to wipe the top, sides, and handles of the refrigerator’s exterior too. If possible, move the refrigerator away from the wall and clean the coils with the brush attachment on your vacuum—removing months’ worth of dust will help the appliance run more efficiently. And if the kids have left any hard-to-remove stickers your fridge or elsewhere, check out this awesome video on how to remove that sticky residue from just about anything.

Spring is a time to start anew, and what better way to welcome the warm weather than a spotless, sparkling home? With these simple yet fully effective tips, your kitchen will look as good as the day you moved in. Happy spring!

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