Household appliances are expensive items to buy, especially in the kitchen, so it pays to keep them clean and in good working order. If one starts as one means to continue, it is really quite simple to keep your kitchen appliances clean and properly maintained. These devices will last for many years if properly maintained, allowing the home occupants to enjoy the convenience of modern technology.

Refrigerators

The most important part of the exterior is the condenser coil mechanism, usually found at the rear of the unit. A regular brush will keep dust and dirt at bay, not forgetting to remove any food particles that might attract vermin. The interior should be cleaned once a week using a damp cloth. All the trays and shelves are removable so a complete strip down is recommended twice yearly. A tablespoon of baking soda mixed with two pints of water will clean the rubber seals around the door, another place that mould can form.

Cookers

Whether you use gas or electric, the cooker takes more punishment than any other kitchen appliance, so it must be regularly cleaned and serviced. How often does that pie or casserole spill over and leave a stain that hardens over time, making it very hard to remove. Some oven cleaners will dissolve stubborn stains, leaving your cooker looking like new. It is much nicer to cook using clean appliances, as well as being more hygienic.

Microwave ovens

Always check that the container you use is compatible for a microwave oven. Many receptacles contain metal flakes, which can cause sparks or even a fire inside the oven. Over time, the inside of a microwave becomes covered in spots, as the heated food bubbles and spits. A great way to clean a microwave and remove this is to place a steaming hot cup of water inside for 3 minutes, keeping the door closed. The steam condensates on the inner surfaces, making the food particles easy to remove with a damp cloth. Most microwave dishes have airtight lids which prevent food spillage, eliminating the need for a regular clean. Click here for more information about microwave safety.

Freezers

This handy appliance needs regular care, if there is more than one quarter of an inch of ice buildup, then it’s time to defrost the freezer. Either put your food in cooler boxes, or in the freezer compartment of your fridge overnight while the freezer thaws. Place a few deep pans inside the freezer to catch the water. Once the freezer has defrosted, wipe all inner and outer surfaces with a damp cloth before putting the food back in, then just plug in and away you go.

Washing machines

If your washing machine is a high efficiency (HE) unit, make sure the detergent you use is compatible. Regular soap powders produce more suds and this can cause mould to build up on the drum and hoses, so look for the “HE compatible” sticker on the detergent packaging. Incorrect use of detergent may result in your warranty being void.

Proper care

Regular cleaning and maintenance will keep your household appliances running smoothly, with no disruptions to your busy schedule. A little time spent will avoid costly repairs and the appliances will last for many years.

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