Your kitchen appliances might need a little Spring Cleaning. Clean them with vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and other natural products.
Vinegar uses aplenty! The following are steps on how to clean your kitchen appliances from the coffee maker to the refrigerator.
Coffee Makers can build up lime scale in them and that makes the coffee taste a little strange. It is really easy to clean the coffee maker so that your coffee is always perfect. Cleaning should actually take place every other month or do, depending on how much coffee you drink. Instead of putting water in the reservoir, pour in half a carafe of water and half a carafe of white vinegar. Turn the button on and let the coffee maker get halfway through its cycle. Turn it off and let it sit for 1 hour and turn it back on to finish the cycle. Run two cycles of plain water through it next. Lastly, remove the filter and carafe and wash them in warm, soapy water. Rinse them well and let them air dry.
Microwaves can get very dirty with spitting food and spills. Before you do anything else take a mug of water and add either lemon slices or use half water and half white vinegar. Put it in the microwave and turn it on high for 3 to five minutes. You want the solution to boil and make the inside of the microwave steamy. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and start wiping the inside from the ceiling, down the walls, the door, to the floor of the microwave. Take out the carousel or tray and wash in a sink with soapy water or in the dishwasher. Scrub turntable wheels with a toothbrush. If there are hard to clean splotches, make a paste with baking soda and water and scrub with it. Wash the inside down with water and let it dry. If the inside of the microwave smells funny, put a few drops of essential oil in a mug with some water and boil.
The garbage disposal can get a stink at any time of the year. There is an effective and easy way to clean it in a wink. Use an ice cube tray and make vinegar ice cubes. When the odor gets too much to take, throw three ice cubes in the disposal and grind away. Another option is to mix 2 tablespoons baking soda with 1 cup vinegar (it will foam) and pour it into the disposal without running it. Let it sit 10 minutes and turn the disposal on with warm water running.
Always turn off the refrigerator before starting to clean so you do not waste energy. Take out all food and the draws and shelves and clean them with soap and water in the sink. Let them air dry. Mix a bucket of warm water with ½ to 1 cup white vinegar and start scrubbing the walls of the refrigerator starting at the ceiling and working your way down to the bottom. Stubborn dirt can be removed by sprinkling baking soda on and scrubbing with a cloth. Always vacuum the bottom grill of the refrigerator, in most cases, this grill snaps off and you can get the hose of a vacuum under there to get out any dirt. If you can get to the coil, dust it off too. Remember to turn it back on when you are done.
Stove and Oven
Sprinkle baking soda on stove top crud and scrub it with a wet sponge or cloth. It should remove any stubborn dirt. Wipe it down well with all-purpose cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water. Take your vacuum hose and vacuum out all debris in the bottom of the cold oven. If you have an oven with a pilot light, skip this step as it is a little dangerous. If the oven is really dirty place ½ cup ammonia in an oven proof dish and place it in a warm oven. Turn off the heat, close the door and let it sit overnight. Wipe everything out with soapy water and a cloth the next morning. Always use rubber gloves when working with ammonia to protect your skin.
Pull out racks and scrub the wheels with soapy water with a toothbrush. This will get rid of bacteria in the dishwasher. Take pipe cleaners and use them to get any debris out of the water blade. Wipe out debris that might be around the drain. Fill the detergent cup with white vinegar and run the machine through a cycle without any dishes in it. You can also dump a package of powder lemonade mix in the detergent cup and the citric acid will get rid of stains and smells. Make sure to clean and vacuum out the fan slats that release steam when running the dishwasher.
Your appliances will last longer if you keep the clean and tidy. These steps on how to clean your kitchen appliances will go a long way to keeping your kitchen healthy and clean.