The kitchen is without doubt one of the most important areas of the house. After all, it is where people cook their meals, keep their ingredients and store their kitchen appliances. According to public health professionals, it is critical for you to keep your kitchen clean all the time. One way of doing this is to clean and maintain your kitchen appliances on a regular basis.
Proper kitchen appliances maintenance will also enhance the energy efficiency of your appliances and keep them in good working condition for longer. What’s more, you will end up saving on repair costs.
Below are some informative and easy do-it-yourself kitchen appliance maintenance tips:
1. It is important to clean both the inside and the outside of your refrigerator. In fact, experts suggest that cleaning the external parts of your refrigerator will have a positive impact on the lifespan of the refrigerator. There are two particular maintenance tips when it comes to the refrigerator:
- The first is to clean the refrigerator coils. Dirt, hair, dust and other particles may end up clogging the coils of your refrigerator. The clogged coils may eventually restrict your refrigerators air flow hence forcing the refrigerator to work harder to maintain the coolness. You can use a handheld vacuum to suck out unwanted particles from the coils. You can also use a special refrigerator brush to sweep out the dirt, dust, and hair from the coils. This should be done at least once or twice every year.
- It is also important to change the refrigerator’s water filter at least twice a year, although if you drink a lot of water from the refrigerator door, every three months is better. A worn out filter will not be efficient in removing impurities and contaminants from water.
2. For your safety and hygiene purposes, it is critical to clean your microwave too. To do this, start by putting some water into a microwave safe glass. Follow this up by heating the water to boiling point in the microwave. The steam will help loosen up any stuck food particles in the microwave. From there, you can use cloth, and soap water to remove the particles from the microwave and wipe the insides clean.
3. Keeping your dishwasher racks and bottom clean. This is because your rack is constantly in contact with your pots & pans, dishes, and silverware. If the rack is metallic, be sure to keep it free of rust. In case your dish rack does get rusty or chipped, you can use a tine repair kit to get rid of the rust and also prevent the rack from deteriorating any further.
4. Another kitchen appliance that needs constant maintenance are the burners of the stove. In fact, experts suggest that you clean the drip bowls of the stove immediately after a spill occurs. If you do not clean the drip bowls, the spills may gradually eat into the bowls. When this happens, you may have no option but to replace the bowls. You can also soak the bowls in a cleaning solution every once in a while to get rid of stubborn spill stains.
5. Most people also forget to clean air conditioner filters. The truth is that dirty filters will negatively affect the energy efficiency and even its lifespan. Cleaning experts suggest dusting or vacuuming the filter at least once or twice every month. However, if your air conditioner uses disposable filters, all you will need to do is replace the filter monthly or quarterly.
6. Kitchen appliance maintenance will be incomplete if you do not clean your garbage disposal unit. To do this, you must turn off the disposal unit and unplug it. You can then proceed to use a tong or your preferred tool of choice to pull out items or large particles that have stuck in the disposal. Once you know that there are no more ingredients stuck in the unit, pour a mixture of ice and salt on the unit and run cold water over the unit for at least 10 seconds. You can also freshen and sterilize the disposal unit by placing some citrus peels over the disposal and letting cold water run into the unit.