When it comes to cleaning our houses, most of us will concentrate on dusting shelves, vacuuming the carpets and disinfecting the sinks, but we often forget about the appliances we use every day. Making sure appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators and stove tops stay clean does more than keep your home looking its best. Cleaning these appliances regularly can be essential for keeping them in their best condition and ensuring that they run efficiently.
For example, refrigerator condenser coils can become covered with dust and lint. Thus, they have to work harder to keep your refrigerator running and could result in your fridge burning out before its time. In the case of washing machines and dishwashers, many people might believe that they don’t have to clean them. Yet giving the insides of these appliances a regular cleaning is important for ensuring dirt and other contaminants aren’t lingering in the nooks and crannies.
It’s easy to figure out how to dust a shelf or clean a window, but the right way to clean a major appliance isn’t always so obvious. Fortunately, cleaning your appliances can be easily done with items you probably already have around your home — as long as you know what you’re doing. In most cases, a simple concoction of vinegar and baking soda can do the job of just about any expensive chemical cleanser.
For example, cleaning your top-loading washing machine is a simple matter of running the heaviest load cycle, then filling it with 1 quart of white vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda before it’s finished. After letting the mixture sit for an hour, finish the cycle and then run another hot-water cycle to rinse. Your washing machine will be clean and free from detergent sludge that can clog it and cost you performance.
Getting your house its cleanest takes a lot of hard work. However, don’t forget that your appliances deserve some extra attention for all the hard work they do every day. Take a look at the following guide for some basic tips on how to give your hard-working appliances the deep cleaning they need. Scroll through the guide below to find out how to clean multiple appliances.