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How to Deep Clean Your Most-Used Kitchen Appliances

The most used room in your house is none other than…your kitchen! You and your family spend countless hours there: talking, crossing paths, preparing meals and eating—so it’s no wonder you sweep, mop, and scrub so hard to keep it clean. But what about your kitchen appliances? How often do you work to keep those clean? It may be that you overlook the grease, dried food and other spills and stains…but that shouldn’t be the case.

It’s important to deep clean—and keep clean! —your kitchen appliances; after all, that’s where you prepare and store your food. The best way is to clean any messes on your appliances as soon as they happen and to clean regularly, but there are times when they’ll just require a good, deep clean. So here are tips on how to deep clean your most used kitchen appliances for a happy, healthy kitchen!

Stove

Stoves can be very messy — getting buried beneath old, forgotten food spills and grease stains. The first step to clean it is to remove the grates, which you’ll clean separately. Fill your sink with warm water and dish soap and let the grates soak. Then, using a soft brush, scrub the stains and dry the grates well (especially if you have grates that tend to rest easily).

Next, spray vinegar in the area under the grates and scrub to remove those dried food spills. Be careful not to get the electric starter wet though! For those stains that are a bit tougher, use a baking soda paste (water and baking soda mixed) and scrub it onto the stains. Wash the mixture away, dry it, and place the grates back on.

Microwave

Messes in the microwave can easily happen when heating up and cooking food. If there are small stains, use warm water and soap to scrub them away. For the bigger messes, first remove the turntable to clean. Scrub it in dish soap and water (or 2 parts baking soda and 1-part water for really stuck-on stains) and dry completely.

In a microwave-safe bowl, place water and slices of lemon and heat it on high for 3-4 minutes, depending on the level of gunk in your microwave. Let it stand another 3 minutes once done so that the steam can work its magic. Lastly, use a sponge or rag to scrub the food right off. Most likely, the steam will have done the work and there won’t be too much scrubbing to get a fully clean microwave!

Oven

Cleaning an oven in a safe way does take a bit of work and elbow grease; however, it’s worth it to keep a spotless oven. First thing to do is to remove oven racks, thermometers, or anything else you have in your oven. Then, mix together 1 cup of baking soda with enough water to make it a paste. Coat the inside of your oven—not overlooking any cracks or crevices—with this paste and let it sit for at least 12 hours or overnight. Remove the paste with a damp sponge or cloth.

If there’s still some paste lingering, spray vinegar on it; this will cause it to fizz and then you can remove all the paste. Lastly, use a damp cloth to finish wiping the whole inside of our oven and replace the racks back. The oven can be easy to keep clean if you remove spills when they’re warm, which makes it easier to remove, and use careful baking/cooking habits (such as bigger pans, tin foil, etc) to not let food splatter or spill.

Refrigerator

You may not realize just how dirty your fridge is because you never see it empty without food. But considering it’s where you store a lot of your food, especially the produce, it’s important to keep it clean! First, clean and clear out your fridge, being very strict on the food-purging. Throw away any expired food, or almost-expired food that you know you won’t finish before the date. Once your food is picked through, put everything in a cooler for the duration of the cleaning. Next, make sure you unplug and turn off your fridge so that it’s safe to use water in it to clean.

Remove any shelves or drawers and wash those separately with warm water and dish soap (in the sink or a tub). Then, make a baking soda and water mixture consisting of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of water. Use a cloth dipped into the mixture to wipe the inside fridge down from top to bottom, making sure to get all the crevices and every inch of space. Dry with a cloth and replace your shelves, drawers and lastly, the food. This will ensure your food stays fresh in a clean fridge for a healthy kitchen!

Dishwasher

Last, but certainly not least, you expect your dishwasher to wash your plates, cups and silverware…so why not keep it clean too? To start, pull the bottom rack out as far as it will go to have better access to the drain. Then, clean all around the drain, removing the filter, and wipe the blades as well. Place 1 cup of white distilled vinegar in a container on the bottom rack and ½ cup of baking soda in a dish on the top rack. Run your dishwasher on its normal cycle, and then let it sit for 20 minutes after it has finished. Remove the containers and let your clean, fresh dishwasher continue to wash your dishes!