Cleaning is a chore that most people dislike, which is especially true when it comes to domestic appliance maintenance. While the process may be tedious, it has to be done.
We’ve rounded up the home appliances that you should focus on cleaning, along with some tips on how to keep them squeaky clean.
1. The Microwave
Admit it; you heat up more leftovers than you’re supposed to. The microwave is arguably one of the most used appliances in your house and it attracts a lot of germs due to frequent splattering of food particles. To prevent the spread of bacteria, clean the handle and exterior with an antiseptic wipe after each use. To clean the interior, microwave lemon slices and water in a microwaveable dish until the water boils. With the right amount of steam, the oil and dirt leftover will be simple to clean up.
2. The Kitchen Hood
A kitchen hood is an extremely useful kitchen appliance that can help improve the air quality of your kitchen and reduce odors, smoke, etc. However, after prolonged use, the kitchen hood may be coated with grease and oil which reduce the efficiency of its ventilation. Thus, it is important to have regular appliance maintenance.
The first thing you must clean is the outside of your range hood. Grease and dust will build up over time, so wipe it down periodically using thick paper towels. Next, clean away any stains under the hood. It’s important to switch over to a scrubbing brush if there are large grease or ash deposits in this area because gas stoves tend to contribute more here! Otherwise use some dish soap mixed with warm water and baking soda. It soaks into your greasy pans easily and eliminates all other grime on your appliances quickly too.
Finally, remove the filter for cleaning. Add about 1 teaspoon of anti-grease soap and ¼ cup baking soda into some warm water in a sink before submerging your used filters for 15 to 20 minutes and scrubbing it. Then, drain the soapy water from the sink to rinse off and dry it completely.
It is undeniable that a kitchen hood is very tedious to clean, due to its many components, and hard reaching areas. Sometimes, it is better to just hire an affordable cleaning service provider to help you out!
3. The Induction Cooktop
Induction cookers have made cooking so much easier compared to using a gas stove. However, this does not necessarily mean it is easier to clean.
With a glass covered top, you have to be careful about how you clean it, otherwise you might damage the appliance. The most important thing to take note of is that you have to wipe away any stains or spills immediately after cooking. Be especially careful about spills containing sugary substances. These have to be cleaned immediately as these can permanently stain or damage the cooktop. Another thing to keep in mind is the material used to clean the surface of the induction. Avoid using harsh materials such as steel wool and abrasive sponges, but instead, use a dish towel coupled with a specialized cleaner to clean the cooktop.
4. The Stove
It’s normal to have spills and splatters when you’re cooking, but you mustn’t ignore the task of cleaning up after every use. Over time, accumulation of food particles on your stovetop can lead to the growth of germs. After each usage, clean your cooktop with an all-purpose cleaner and a microfibre cloth; remove racks and clean separately, and follow your manufacturer’s instruction manual.
Oven cleaning should be done once every 3 months. However, this cleaning frequency may vary depending on the overall cleanliness of your oven.
For instance, if your oven shows any signs of crust on the bottom, grease on the inner walls or smelly odours, then it is high time for a deep cleansing. There are many different methods to clean an oven, from cleaning supplies, to baking soda coupled with vinegar. WonderKlean suggests using the proper cleaning products to ensure maximum cleanliness. Here’s how to clean your oven:
First, remove any internal items from your oven such as rotating glass, or racks. Then, lay out some newspaper below your oven to catch any dirt or grime that falls out. Next, spray the inside of your oven with your cleaning product (except gas chambers and heat sources) and let it sit for around half an hour. After the time is up, use a damp cloth to wipe away the dirt and grime sitting in the oven. Be sure to clean every single crevice to ensure that no dirt is left behind. And voilà! You’re done with your oven cleaning!
When In Doubt, Hire Professionals!
Keep in mind that appliance maintenance is just one part of keeping your home clean. The ones we mentioned are just some of the appliances that need your immediate attention, but all home appliances need regular cleaning. However, if you don’t have the time or energy, it wouldn’t hurt to hire a residential cleaning service provider to save time and energy.
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