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Best Appliance Cleaning Tips

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Even with beautiful furniture and stylish decor, your home won't be eye pleasing if your appliances are dirty and grimy. Fortunately, you don't need to spend a lot of time and effort to clean your appliances if you know the right way to do it. Follow the tips below to keep your home's major appliances spotless.

How to Clean Your Refrigerator

How to Clean Your Refrigerator

A clean refrigerator can be beneficial to your kitchen in several ways. Besides contributing to a nice appearance and vibe, it can also help get rid of unpleasant odors and unsightly clutter. Take these easy steps to keep your refrigerator clean:

  • Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Put a label on this food-safe cleaner and keep it in your fridge so that you can conveniently use it to clean up any spills.
  • Whenever a spill occurs, spray the cleaner on the area and wipe the spill away.


Besides cleaning up spills as they happen, you should also give your refrigerator a thorough cleaning from time to time. Remove the shelves and drawers so that you can reach all of the hidden surfaces, and clean the door gasket as well. Also, make sure you keep the things in your refrigerator organized to eliminate clutter and avoid food spoilage.

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher helps you clean your dishes, and you can return the favor by keeping it clean as well. This appliance can easily gather grime and develop a foul odor, so you need to clean it just as frequently as you wash your sink or shower. Follow these easy steps to clean your dishwasher properly:

  • Put vinegar in a dishwasher-safe cup.
  • Place the cup on the uppermost rack of your empty dishwasher.
  • Run your dishwasher on the longest and hottest cycle, which will sanitize it and loosen soap scum and food waste.


Similar to your refrigerator, your dishwasher also needs in-depth cleaning every now and then. Start by cleaning the door, and then remove and scrub every accessory and detachable part. Next, clean the spray arm with a soft toothbrush to get rid of any debris in the sprayer. Finally, use a mixture consisting of equal parts of lemon juice and water to tackle any hard water deposits in your dishwasher.

How to Clean Your Microwave

Sauce, soup, and grease spatters will appear inside your microwave as you use it to prepare quick meals. The build-up isn't only unsightly, but it can also become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. The good news is that cleaning your microwave is a very easy task. Learn how to keep your microwave spotless in a chemical-free way:

  • Fill a bowl with water and put it in your microwave.
  • Heat the uncovered bowl until the water begins to boil.
  • The steam from the boiling water will cause the caked-on food to loosen, so you can just wipe it away with a damp cloth.


How to Clean Your Oven

Your oven is another appliance in your kitchen that gathers a lot of grime. If you see a substantial amount of build-up or worrisome smoke, you should put on your cleaning gloves before a major problem occurs. Check out these tips on how to clean your oven using only natural ingredients:

  • Heat your oven to 225 degrees.
  • Put a pan of water in the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven and wait for the water to cool.
  • Mix the water with dishwashing soap and dip a sponge into the solution.
  • Use the sponge to scrub the inside of your oven.


To get rid of baked-on food remains and other tough stains, apply a mixture of baking soda and water onto the problem areas. Then, spray the areas with distilled white vinegar. Allow the solution to sit overnight and remove the stains the next day using a warm, wet rag.

How to Clean Your Kitchen Stove

After cooking a meal on your kitchen stove, you'll likely see oil splatters and other spills on your stovetop. If you don't clean up these spills and splatters immediately, they may cook onto the surface and become harder to remove. Every time you finish cooking, you should use a damp cloth sprayed with an all-purpose cleaner to give your stovetop a good wipe down. However, even if the grime and debris sit for one or two days, you can still remove them relatively easily. Keep your kitchen stove clean by following these tips:

  • Apply the strongest cleaner your stovetop can handle onto the stains and let it sit.
  • Hold a single-edged scraper at a 30 to 40-degree angle and carefully scrape the stains.
  • Wipe the stovetop clean with a wet cloth.


How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Your washing machine is another important appliance that deserves proper care. You should wipe down its exterior surfaces regularly and properly clean the inside once every six months. The biannual cleaning is actually quite easy because the machine will do most of the heavy lifting. Follow these simple steps to make your washing machine sparkle:

  • Pour 2 cups of distilled vinegar into the drum and run your washing machine on the hottest and longest cycle.
  • Put 1/4 cup of vinegar into a quart of warm water and mix thoroughly.
  • When the cycle stops, dip a sponge and toothbrush in the mixture and use them to clean the inside of your washing machine. If you have a removable soap dispenser, take it out and soak it in the vinegar-water mixture. Make sure you clean the rubber seal as well if you're using a front-loader.
  • Run the longest and hottest cycle again without detergent or vinegar.


Keeping your appliances clean not only makes them look better, but it can also help them remain in good condition and run more smoothly. If you're looking for high-quality appliance repair or installation services in the Chicago area, contact Automatic Appliance Parts today to speak with our knowledgeable and helpful staff.