When cleaning your kitchen appliances there is often no need to use strong chemicals or cleaning solutions.
You can achieve great results simply by using elbow grease and hot soapy water with a dish detergent that has grease-effective ingredients.
Another great “tool” to use for cleaning any small appliances you might have is vinegar.
You can use it either diluted or full-strength by I tend to prefer diluted since I can’t stand the smell of vinegar.
A tip of advice, make sure you are not using steel wool when you are cleaning your devices but instead stick with non-scratch sponges or scrubbers designed for the purpose of cleaning your appliances.
Before you start dealing with your dirty appliances make sure that you ALWAYS unplug it before you clean it. I’m sure you all know this already but sometimes it’s easy to make a mistake and forget about it. Very important!
This is my favorite thing to clean because when you are done cleaning it you can see a noticeable difference, and even though this is true with most things there’s something special with your microwave.
Anyway, here’s how to do it:
Place a cup of water in the microwave and turn it on for a few minutes. Leave the microwave closed for another couple of minutes and then wipe it down with a clean, dry cloth.
You put the cup of water in the microwave to build up steam and this does a great job of loosening the particles of food and clean the inside. To clean the outside you can use a warm cloth and if you have removable knobs you can make sure to clean under them.
Clean Your Blender
Cleaning Your Coffee Maker
If you have a carafe that gets stained, simply place 1 tsp of lemon juice, 4 tsp of salt and a cup of ice with a small amount of warm water in the carafe.
Allow it to sit until you can see that the ice has melted and then spread the solution around before washing with hot soapy water.
If you instead are having problems with the outside of your coffee maker (or maybe both), use a dilute solution of water and vinegar before rinsing well with warm water.
To clean the inside of your drip coffee maker you can stick to this one thing I tend to always do and It always serves me well. Run this solution through the brewing cycle: 1/2 cup vinegar to 3-4 cups of warm (not hot) water.
When you are done simply rinse four or five times with tap water through the cycle and you are done. Simple yet very effective and always helps my Gaggia Classic espresso machine to stay fresh.
Or, if you don’t happen to have vinegar at home you can use 1/4 cup of baking soda with one cup of warm water and run this through the brewing cycle before rinsing with tap water a couple of times like you would with the vinegar.
Clean Your Humidifier
To clean the inside of the tank and the base all you need to do is let a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar to two cups of water sit for a few minutes then rinse.
You can let the solution sit for a few minutes then rinse. Use a stronger solution of vinegar and allow your humidifier to sit for ten hours if you have a heavy mineral build-up inside the tank.
Hopefully you are cleaning it regularly so you don’t encounter this though.
Afterwards, make sure to rinse thoroughly. You can also use your vinegar solution to clean all other parts of your humidifier which will eliminate the need to use bleach cleaners.
Clean Your Electric Can Openers
I see more and more of these openers and the best tip is to always make sure that you clean it after every use so the residue from the food won’t have a chance to get stuck on the cutting wheel.
Be very consistent with this and you probably won’t have to clean it any other way.
If you want to be perfect though, every few months just remove the cutting wheel and give it a clean in hot soapy water.
If you wanna clean the other parts (why you would wanna do that I don’t know), just use a baking soda paste and an old toothbrush before wiping it off with a wet cloth and then dry.
Clean Your Toaster
Having a toaster full of burned crumbs tends to not only smell a lot but it could potentially set off your smoke detector. Keeping this appliance clean is therefor very important.
Unplug your toaster and remove the tray on the bottom. To get rid of most of the crumbs shake your toaster outside or over a waste can.
If you want to remove all the crumbs use a pastry brush. Then wash or wipe off the tray with warm soapy water and make sure it dries thoroughly before you use the toaster.
For the outside of your toaster, use a mild vinegar solution and wipe it dry.
What I love about cleaning your appliances is that they do actually tend to extend their life span which will save you money in the long run.
So do yourself a favor and use these simple tips to keep your small appliances clean and healthful.
You will thank yourself for it!