Spring Cleaning: How to Deep Clean Your Appliances

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Houzz – Alexander Design Group, Inc.

*Most appliance user manuals specify how to properly clean the model. Read manual first, and follow instructions before proceeding.

You can feel Spring begin to blossom in the air as the season of new beginnings rolls in and welcomes fresh air, perfect temperatures, new life, and a newfound sense of hope and renewal. Capitalize on that blissful feeling by taking part in the age-old tradition: spring cleaning!

Clean out the old and the bad to make way for the shiny and the new. While your kitchen floors, dishes, and countertops may receive regular cleaning, it’s often easy to forget about cleaning the appliances that are always there for us when we need them. Here are some helpful tips for your spring cleaning endeavors:

Spring-Cleaning-RefrigeratorRefrigerator

  1. Clean out food items first, chilling what needs to be kept refrigerated and frozen in a separate cooler. Toss out all expired food items.
  2. Unplug and let freezer begin to defrost.
  3. Remove shelves and bins and soak in warm soapy water. Some refrigerator models have dishwasher-safe shelves that you can clean in the dishwasher.
  4. Scrub the inside of the refrigerator with specialty cleaner and wipe clean.
  5. Locate the drip pan at base of refrigerator. Remove any liquid and wipe with bleach to remove mold.
  6. Use your vacuum’s crevice attachment tool to clean condenser coil located at the back of the refrigerator.
  7. Wipe exterior with soap and water, specialty cleaner, or commercial stainless steel spray for stainless steel models. Dry thoroughly to prevent streaking.

Stove Top

  1. Some stove top models have dishwasher-safe removable grates and burner caps. Check in user manual to determine if your appliance model applies. If not, remove grates and burner caps and hand wash.
  2. Spray a citrus-based cleaner on stovetop and let sit to disinfect and lift away stains. Wipe clean.
  3. Turn knobs to off position and lift them off. Wipe clean with a wet cloth or cleanser wipe, dry thoroughly and place them back on the stove top.

Oven

  1. Many high-end ovens have self-cleaning modes. Follow instructions in User Care Manual.
  2. Remove oven racks and wash in warm soapy water.
  3. spring-cleaning-ovenSpray oven cleaner on interior and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe away grimy residue.
  4. 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.
  5. Wear gloves as you spread mixture all over oven interior, focusing on difficult spills.
  6. Let sit overnight.
  7. Wipe away mixture next day and spray vinegar wherever baking soda paste is still present. The residue will begin to foam, removing spill.
  8. Wipe away foamy mixture.
  9. Final wipe down with damp cloth.

Microwave

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    Houzz – Amelia Carter Interiors

    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.

  2. Leave the door closed for several more minutes to let steam penetrate and soften food spills, as well as remove odors.
  3. Open door, remove mug or bowl and wipe interior clean with a paper towel or wash cloth.

Dishwasher

  1. Remove racks and utensil holders and soak in warm soapy water, or vinegar and warm water mixture.
  2. Use a dishwasher cleaner solution or white vinegar and fill detergent cup. Run a heavy clean cycle to let machine breakdown any residue and disinfect.
  3. Wipe interior with warm wash cloth.
  4. Clean exterior with soapy warm water and dry thoroughly.

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Happy cleaning!

 

 

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