In every household, we can see different appliances that ease the lives of the people who live there. They might get most of our interior and exterior spaces, but it is still worth it as it helps us to do our daily and mundane tasks.

Let’s face it our appliances maintain and cook our food, clean our dirt, and indulge us. But since we are using them every day, there’s a good chance that our appliances are attracting all sorts of dirt. This is particularly true for our kitchen appliances as there’s a lot of opportunity for them to get dirty in our kitchens.

Appliances like microwaves, range hoods, ovens, stovetops are the most common large units that we need to clean once in a while. Refrigerators and dishwashers also require a regular clean.

There are also days when we happen to use our kitchen appliances heavily. Holidays and special occasions would not only mean a celebration with your friends and family but also a lot of cleaning up.

Cleaning large appliances

Microwaves

Having smelly splatter stains in your microwave can be a pain in the neck. It may look gruesome but don’t fret as removing these stains only take a few minutes. Here’s how.

You’ll need the following items.

  • A cup of water
  • Mild Dishwashing Liquid
  • Baking Soda
  • A Sponge or Cloth

Step 1: Put a small cup of water inside your microwave for a few minutes. The hot steam that comes from the water is the start of our ‘steam clean’.

Step 2: Wipe down the interiors of your microwave with mild dishwashing liquid. The stains should melt away as you do this. You can also do this on your machine’s exterior.

Step 3 (optional): If there are remains inside and outside of your unit, you can make a baking soda paste and scrub it with your sponge or cloth.

Range Hoods

There are different types of standalone or built-in range hoods. Whatever the kind of range hood you have, both function by reducing foul odours, grease, and steam during cooking. As a consequence, we can be sure that both types attract dirt and smells. To clean range hood use these steps.

Prepare the following materials.

  • Hot Water
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Ammonia Solution
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Baking Soda

Step 1: You can start by wiping your range hoods with hot water and dishwashing liquid. For hardened grease, you can combine ammonia with warm water. If you do, don’t forget to wear rubber gloves to avoid skin irritation.

Step 2: Detach the filter cover and wipe it with soapy hot water. You can also apply the ammonia solution to its blades to remove stains. Another option is to put your filter to your sink with a mixture of hot water, dishwashing liquid, and baking soda. Submerge it for a couple of minutes, and you’ll find much of the grease and stains removed and what’s left much easier to clean.

Step 3: Let your range hood and filters dry. After that, you can put it all back together.

Ovens

Cleaning your oven can be a delicate and challenging task. You might be thinking that your oven has an automatic cleaning function that can do the job well. But did you know that this procedure can make your kitchen smell pretty bad too?

Don’t worry as there are other options that can work to clean your oven. No self-cleaning oven can do better than a good manual deep clean. 

Before you start cleaning your oven, prepare the following:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • A Sponge or Cloth
  • A Spatula or Scraper

Step 1: Remove everything from inside your oven. (Get rid of all of the racks, pizza stone, and thermometer).

Step 2: You can now mix water and baking soda to create a paste. After that, apply it to the stains inside your oven. Leave it overnight for better results.

Step 3: Wipe away the paste using a wet sponge or cloth. If there’s hard to remove stains, you can use vinegar to soften it. A spatula or scraper can also be used in getting rid of tough stains.

Stovetops

You might be noticing a lot of grease and gunk on your stovetops. Here are the steps that you can follow to have your stovetop sparkling like new in less than an hour.

Get ready the following materials.

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • A Scrubbing Brush

Step 1: Use soap and water to scrub the grease and dirt on your stovetops. Remove the burners and put it to the sink with warm and soapy water.

Step 2: If the is a lot of dirt clogging up your gas burners, you can use baking soda, salt, and water as an effective method to scrub the it off.

Refrigerators

Your refrigerator is often of the the most used kitchen appliances in the house. It can seem on of the most challenging to clean. Fear not, this effective method of cleaning will have our fridge gleaming in no time. 

Here are the materials that you need.

  • Warm Water
  • Soap or Mild Dishwashing Liquid
  • Baking Soda

Step 1: Make sure to defrost the freezer before cleaning it. Remove all the food and the parts contained within.

Step 2: Wash all the parts by sinking them in to warm and soapy water. You can use baking soda paste to get rid of any tough stains. You can apply the same process on the exterior of your refrigerator.

Step 3: Wait until the interior and its parts are dry, before turning it back on and placing food back in to the refrigerator.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers work on cleaning your dishes daily. You might not notice it, but this appliance can attract a lot of dirt during its usage. Fortunately, the dishwasher requires very little effort to get clean because it can clean itself.

With this, it is essential to maintain the cleanliness of your dishwasher. Here are some simple but effective steps to keep your dishwasher clean and operational.

Prepare the following:

  • A Cup of Vinegar
  • Baking Soda

Step 1: Start by removing the bottom dish rack of your dishwasher. This will make it easier to get inside and clean your machine.

Step 2: Place a cup of vinegar in the upper part of your unit. Run your machine on a hot cycle setting.

Step 3: To make your dishwasher look and smell fresh, you can sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of your unit. Run a hot cycle setting again to wash your appliance thoroughly.

 

Conclusion

Cleaning your appliances is a must-do to keep them working well. The machines in your kitchen are the ones that acquire most grease and stains due to food that we cook and keep.

Regular cleaning can result in a longer life for your large kitchen appliances. That’s something we’d all welcome as large appliances are not cheap!