It’s almost time for the biggest clean of the year! But, as you’re digging out your marigolds and dusting off your cleaning supplies, don’t forget about your kitchen appliances!
Gathering dust and dirt can mean your appliances work harder to perform, costing you money and risking an early breakdown. A regular clean will keep them in top condition for a whole lot longer. Not sure where to start? Use these tips to tackle your appliance cleaning like a pro!
To ensure your dishwasher continues to produce sparkling dishes, you’ll need to give it a good clean! Remove anything that can be taken out, scrub them separately and wipe down the inside with a cloth and warm water. Once a month, run an empty cycle using a speciality cleaner and descaler and your machine will thank you for it!
First, clear out your fridge of any expired items. Then, remove all draws and shelves and wash them with warm soapy water. Wipe down the inside of the fridge and leave it all to dry. Ensure both the inside and outside is clean and hoover the coils at the back of the fridge. To help neutralise odours and keep your fridge smelling fresh, invest in a fridge deodoriser.
Disinfect your washing machine by running an empty hot water cycle with a speciality cleaner, then wipe down the inside and outside of the machine. To prevent the breeding of germs, leave your washing machine door open between loads to enable it to dry fully.
If the base of your iron has a lot of built-up residue, simply cleaning it with an abrasive cloth won’t solve the problem. You’ll need a specialist iron cleaner which can be applied to your iron when the soleplate is still hot, making the residue easier to clean. Squeeze some paste on to a cloth and gently rub it over your iron until clean.
If you smell something burning when turning your oven on, it might be time for a thorough clean. First, vacuum any debris and heat the oven slightly to soften the grime. Then, using a specialised oven cleaner, scrub the inside with a little bit of elbow grease! Wipe down the hobs, racks and shelves and ensure any exhaust or extractor fan is clean.
Prep your microwave for cleaning by microwaving a cup of water and a few slices of lemon for 3 minutes. Leave for a few minutes to let the steam soften any build up, then remove the cup and wipe down the inside and outside. Remember to clean the turntable and wheels too.
We rely on our kettles on a daily basis, so it’s no secret that they need cleaning regularly. Wipe the outside of your kettle on a regular basis with a multi-purpose cleaner (or if its stainless steel a specialist cleaner) Every couple of months deep clean your kettle using a specialist liquid appliance descaler mixed with water. Boil this in the kettle and leave to soak, then rinse with cold water.
Blenders and Food Processors
First, remove all blades and other removable parts and clean them individually. Then, scour the blades and dry thoroughly. For the base, use a damp cloth and scrub away any dirt or leftover ingredients.
Your coffee machine should be cleaned once a month to prevent it slowing down the brew time and affecting the flavour of your beloved coffee! To do this, remove both the filter and carafe and descale any remaining water deposits. Wipe down the outside and dry with a cloth. Run two cycles of plain water through the system before brewing a fresh cup.
If you turn off your television and are shocked by the amount of dust it’s gathering, it’s time for a clean! First, ensure your TV is switched off and clear away the dust with a microfibre cloth. For an extra clear screen and to keep dust and dirt at bay, wipe your screen with anti-static screen wipes.
Your vacuum cleaner should be cleaned out regularly to keep it working in top condition. Ensure filters and bags are changed regularly. If you have a bag free model, remove the canister and clean with a sponge. To rid your vacuum of unwanted smells and keep its fresh, try a vacuum air freshener.
Once you’ve finished your spring clean, your rubbish bin would have taken a lot of dust and dirt, so make sure you don’t leave it out! Wipe over the lid a couple of times a week with a disinfectant wipe or spray then apply a multi-purpose disinfectant to the inside and scrub with a broom or toilet brush.
So there you have it, the ultimate guide to spring cleaning your appliances. Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for the spring weather to arrive!