HOME IMPROVEMENT SERIES: Spring Cleaning Tips for Major Appliances
17 Apr, 2014
If you have been reading our Home Improvement Series, you’ve already learned some spring cleaning tips for the often-overlooked areas around your home. But what about cleaning major appliances? Try our tips below to make sure your appliances are in tip-top shape this season.
Even though its purpose is to clean, a dishwasher can acquire food buildup if it’s not cleaned every once in a while. To clean your dishwasher, start by removing any dishes or utensils. Then, mix together a solution of distilled white vinegar and warm water in your sink or washing basin. Soak the utensil holders in the solution and wipe off any dirt or food in the nooks and crannies. You can do the same for the racks and other pieces of the dishwasher. Don’t forget to wipe down the inside of the door (as well as the edges), which can acquire buildup.
As we mentioned in our Spring Cleaning Tips post, the fridge and freezer can be overlooked areas around the house when it’s time to clean. Clean your crispers and ice-maker bins in warm water with dish soap. Then use a homemade cleaning solution of two tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water to clean the inside of your fridge.
If your microwave has hardened food or gunk on the inside, a kitchen cleaning solution may not be enough. Instead, try this simple trick: Cut a lemon into halves and place them on a plate (with the cut sides facing down). Microwave for around a minute or until the inside of your microwave becomes steamy. The steam will loosen dried up food and dirt. Remove the lemon and plate and clean the inside with a clean, damp towel.
Depending on the type of oven you have, there are different cleaning steps to take. Read your oven manufacturer’s instructions before getting started. If you have a self-cleaning oven, make sure to keep children and pets away from it while the oven is self-cleaning, as it will get very hot. Before setting your oven to “self-clean,” remove the racks and soak them in soapy water. Once your oven is finished self-cleaning and has cooled off (wait at least two hours), remove ashes with a small brush and then use a solution of vinegar and water to wipe down the inside.
Even washing machines need to be cleaned every so often! If you have a top-load washer, try this tip: Fill your washing machine with hot water, and then add a quart of chlorine bleach instead of detergent. Allow the water/bleach solution to sit for about an hour. Then, run the washer through its longest wash/spin cycle. After the cycle is complete, repeat with a quart of distilled white vinegar. Then, run your washing machine through one more wash cycle with just water. It may be best to do a load of white clothes first since bleach was used for cleaning.
What is your favorite tip for cleaning major appliances? Don’t forget to the read the rest of the articles in our Home Improvement Series: