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Give Your Kitchen Appliances a Deep Clean

April 13, 2024

Give Your Kitchen Appliances a Deep Clean


As a busy individual, keeping my kitchen appliances sparkling clean can be a daunting task. From the oven to the microwave, these essential tools accumulate grime, grease, and stubborn stains over time. Neglecting their cleanliness not only impacts their performance but also poses potential health risks. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll share my tried-and-true methods for giving your kitchen appliances a deep clean, ensuring they function optimally and maintain a pristine appearance.

Oven: The Heart of the Kitchen

The oven is the centerpiece of any kitchen, responsible for creating delicious meals and baked goods. However, it’s also one of the appliances that accumulate the most grease and baked-on residue. To tackle this challenge, I follow a straightforward process:

  1. Remove Oven Racks and Trays: The oven racks and trays should be taken out for easier cleaning access.
  2. Make a Cleaning Solution: I mix equal parts of baking soda and water to create a thick paste.
  3. Apply the Paste: Using a damp cloth or sponge, I spread the paste evenly on the interior walls, door, and bottom of the oven.
  4. Let it Sit: I allow the paste to sit for at least 30 minutes, giving it time to work its magic on the baked-on grime.
  5. Scrub and Wipe: With a damp cloth or non-abrasive sponge, I scrub the paste in a circular motion, loosening and removing the stubborn stains.
  6. Rinse and Dry: I rinse the oven with clean water and dry it thoroughly with a clean cloth or paper towels.

For extra stubborn stains, I sometimes use a small amount of white vinegar mixed with water as a spot treatment before applying the baking soda paste.

Microwave: A Quick and Convenient Cleaner

The microwave is a time-saving appliance, but it can quickly become a breeding ground for unpleasant odors and splatters. To keep it fresh and clean, I follow these simple steps:

  1. Microwave a Solution: I fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and a few tablespoons of white vinegar or lemon juice, then microwave it for 2-3 minutes until the solution is steaming.
  2. Let it Steam: I leave the steaming bowl inside the microwave for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the steam to loosen and dissolve any stuck-on food particles and grease.
  3. Wipe it Down: Using a damp cloth or sponge, I wipe down the interior walls, turntable, and door of the microwave, removing any loosened grime.
  4. Clean the Exterior: I wipe down the exterior of the microwave with a cloth dampened with a mild cleaning solution or a mixture of water and white vinegar.

For tougher stains, I sometimes sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the affected areas before wiping them down.

Stovetop and Rangehood: Grease-Free and Shiny

The stovetop and rangehood are prone to accumulating grease and food splatters, making them challenging to keep clean. Here’s how I tackle these areas:

  1. Remove Grates and Burners: I remove the grates and burners from the stovetop for easier access.
  2. Make a Degreasing Solution: I mix equal parts of warm water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray and Let it Sit: I liberally spray the degreasing solution on the stovetop, rangehood, and any removable parts, letting it sit for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Scrub and Wipe: Using a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, I scrub the surfaces in a circular motion, removing any grease and stuck-on food particles.
  5. Rinse and Dry: I rinse the surfaces with clean water and dry them thoroughly with a clean cloth or paper towels.

For stubborn grease buildup on the rangehood filters, I sometimes soak them in a mixture of hot water and dish soap before scrubbing them clean.

Dishwasher: A Self-Cleaning Marvel

While the dishwasher is designed to clean your dishes, it can also benefit from a deep clean itself. To keep it fresh and odor-free, I follow these steps:

  1. Remove and Clean the Filter: I locate the dishwasher filter, typically found at the bottom, and remove it. I rinse it under hot water, using a small brush or toothpick to dislodge any trapped food particles.
  2. Run a Cleaning Cycle: I place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack and run a hot water cycle without any dishes.
  3. Sprinkle Baking Soda: After the vinegar cycle is complete, I sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher.
  4. Run Another Cycle: I run a short hot water cycle without any dishes, allowing the baking soda to scrub and deodorize the interior.
  5. Clean the Exterior: I wipe down the exterior of the dishwasher with a damp cloth and a mild cleaning solution or a mixture of water and white vinegar.

Additionally, I make it a habit to clean the dishwasher gasket and spray arm regularly to prevent any buildup or clogs.

Refrigerator: Fresh and Organized

A clean refrigerator not only looks inviting but also helps to prevent the growth of bacteria and unpleasant odors. To ensure my fridge stays in top condition, I follow these steps:

  1. Remove and Discard Old Food: I take everything out of the fridge, checking for any expired or spoiled items that need to be discarded.
  2. Make a Cleaning Solution: I mix warm water with a few drops of dish soap or a mild cleaning solution.
  3. Wipe Down Shelves and Drawers: Using a damp cloth or sponge, I wipe down all the shelves, drawers, and interior walls of the fridge with the cleaning solution.
  4. Clean the Gaskets: I pay special attention to the gaskets (seals) around the door, using an old toothbrush or a soft-bristled brush to remove any built-up grime or mold.
  5. Deodorize: I place an open box of baking soda or a small bowl of white vinegar inside the fridge to absorb any lingering odors.
  6. Organize and Restock: After the fridge is completely dry, I organize and restock the items, wiping down any bottles or containers before putting them back.

To maintain the fridge’s cleanliness, I make it a habit to regularly discard expired or spoiled items and wipe up any spills as soon as they occur.

Closing Thoughts

Giving your kitchen appliances a deep clean may seem like a daunting task, but it’s essential for maintaining their optimal performance and ensuring a hygienic cooking environment. By following these simple steps and using readily available household products like baking soda, white vinegar, and mild cleaning solutions, you can keep your appliances sparkling clean and extend their lifespan.

Remember, prevention is key. Incorporating regular maintenance and cleaning routines into your schedule can help minimize the buildup of grime and make deep cleaning easier and less time-consuming in the long run. Happy cleaning!

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