Kitchen appliances are a part of your everyday life; that means you need to take care of them just like you take care of your body. Taking a regular bath is one of the many ways you take care of your health and hygiene. In the same way, cleaning your kitchen appliances holds much importance. The grime, muck, dirt, stains, and food particles stuck make them look not only unpleasant to look at, but it also impacts their performance.
In this article, the proper techniques of cleaning three vital kitchen appliances have been discussed. If cleaned in the proper way, they can last longer and give you better performance. If you fail to clean your appliances correctly, you’ll end up having to call an appliance repair company.
1. Microwave Oven
Microwave ovens are prone to dirt and many times, a lot of grime, food stains, and bad odours can accumulate inside. Here’s how to clean it:
- You can use baking soda, glass cleaner, or even dishwashing detergent (as long as it is relatively mild) to clean oven’s insides. The circular glass dish can be washed separately in the sink or dishwasher.
- If your oven has greasy stains on the inside, place a cup of water along with a glass of one-fourth vinegar and turn on the oven for three minutes. Afterwards, wipe the inside of the oven with a wet sponge.
- To remove bad odours, place a cup of vinegar inside and leave it overnight.
2. Exhaust Hood
An exhaust hood or range hood covers a cooking range and is used to extract smells, steam or grease from the kitchen. It is either installed later or in some cases, the range comes equipped with it. Over time, the hood develops grime and stains and hence, you need to clean it periodically. Here’s how:
- Make a solution of ammonia, dishwashing detergent, and hot water and clean the exterior as well as the interior of the hood. This will remove the grease.
- Non-vented hoods use fans, while vented hoods have charcoal filters. You can wash the filter in warm soapy water and if there’s a fan, you can wipe the blades with an ammonia solution. However, the charcoal filters have to be replaced after every 9 months.
- If you have a vented hood, never put the charcoal filter in water; it will decrease its efficacy.
Dishwashers clean your dirty utensils, so it’s high time you clean the machine itself. Here’s how you can proceed:
- Take a cloth dipped in a solution containing baking soda and wipe the exterior of the dishwasher. Wipe the liner as well to remove stains and smudges.
- To clean deodorise the inside and remove hard water stains, run the dishwasher on wash load using a powdered lemon solution. The stains are removed because lemons contain ascorbic acid.
- If your dishwasher has bad odour, put three tablespoons of baking soda on the bottom and keep it there overnight. The next day, perform a normal wash cycle and the odours will be removed.