Spring is here and that can mean only one thing. It is time to clean out that house and get it in order. Sure, the job may seem overwhelming, especially if you work full time and do not really have time to clean. However, if you take it one-step at a time, you can get it all done so you can better enjoy your home for the rest of the years.
Appliances need to be cleaned thoroughly several times a year to keep them running in good condition. Failure to maintain your appliances will mean you have to replace them sooner than you planned. Here are my spring-cleaning tips for your home appliances.
Refrigerator: Remove all items from your fridge and freezer. Remove any drawers, door shelves, and anything that will fit into the dishwasher, and put them through a wash cycle. Remove larger shelves and wash them in the sink. Using an all-purpose kitchen cleaner. Spray down the rest of the refrigerator and clean it with a sponge, or cleaning rag. After reassembling the refrigerator, place baking soda inside to keep it fresh or you can put a few charcoal briquettes in a paper cup. After the inside of the refrigerator is cleaned, pull it away from the wall and vacuum the back coils to prevent premature motor burnout.
Stove Top: Cleaning the stovetop can be a touch job, especially if you cook a lot. I like to take every part that will come off and put it in the dishwasher. As for loosening grease and grime, I find that dawn products work the best especially used in conjunction with Magic Eraser sponges.
Oven: Most ovens made these days are self-cleaning. This makes life very easy. Still before you set your oven to self clean you need to first remove any excess grease spills from the bottom of the oven by cleaning the quickly with a little mild dish detergent and a sponge. Failure to first remove the grease before running the running the self-cleaning cycle can result in a grease fire, which can ruin your oven or worse. You will also want to make sure that your kitchen exhaust fan is on while running the self-clean oven as it can generate a little excess smoke.
Dishwasher: First, you need to open the door can clean out the area where the door meets the bottom of the dishwasher. You should also check the bottom for large bits of food, and in my family’s case, broken pieces of glass. Next fill the dishwasher cup with bleach gel and let it run through a cleaning cycle. When that is finished, pour in a cup of vinegar and run it again to see it shine! I like to also fill the dishwasher booster cavity with vinegar for a quick freshening.
When the interior of all of your kitchen Appliances are spic and span, use car wax to clean the exterior of the appliances and make them shine like new.