Cleaning your kitchen appliances is a very important part of maintaining them. Proper cleaning after every use prolongs their life and will ultimately save you money in the long run because you will not have to replace them as soon. Different appliances should be cleaned differently. Cleaning large appliances can seem like a lot of work, but it is definitely worth it in the long run. Here are some tips to make cleaning kitchen appliances in your home much faster and easier.
It is very economical to use homemade cleaning solutions. You do not need to go out and buy special cleaners or use a ton of chemical products that are bad for the environment and potentially harmful to you, your family and your pets. Because the kitchen is a place that you cook that food comes in contact with it is really best that you use these safer cleaning methods. You can use a single, common household ingredient to clean the inside of your microwave, the inside of your refrigerator, your dishwasher and even your kettle.
The Magic of White Vinegar
You likely have some white vinegar in your kitchen for cooking purposes. If not then it is very easy to find and very cheap. It is used not only for culinary purposes but it is also an amazing cleaning solution. In addition to the appliances and kitchen items mentioned above it is also a great way to clean even the thickest layer of grease from your oven door. Open your oven and wipe some on. Let it is sit and the acid in the vinegar easily breaks up the most stubborn grease making it extremely easy to wipe up after just a few minutes of soaking. Use this same method to clean out mess in your microwave.
Creating A Cleaning Solution
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle to create an awesome multipurpose and multi-surface cleaner. Putting it in a spray bottle makes it easy and convenient to use in a variety of situations. If you are worried about germs then do not be because vinegar kills them. This makes it great for wiping down the inside of your refrigerator and the shelves where food may have leaked or spilled. Also use it on any of the pull out drawers where you keep fruits and vegetables.
Fighting Soap Scum
If you have a problem with soap scum in your dishwasher you want to switch back to full strength vinegar that has not been diluted. Run a cycle after pouring a bit of vinegar in the compartment where you normally put dish detergent. This will effortlessly get rid of soap scum and any unpleasant smells too. Use this technique on a monthly basis to keep your dishwasher clean.
Sometimes kettles will accumulate lime scale. Just fill your kettle with water and half a cup of vinegar and let it sit over night then give it a good rinse to remove lime. For a quicker fix you can also boil water and a bit of vinegar.