Cleaning the Fridge and Oven

Fridge and Oven CleaningThe refrigerator and the oven are formidable opponents in the kitchen cleaning battle, and most people don’t really want to deal with such complex, demanding cleaning chores. However, both appliances can be a pushover cleaning task, as long as you know how to do things right. Some tips for you below:

The fridge – this particular appliance doesn’t need the same frequency of cleaning as the oven, but the nasty smell it tends to develop over time is a sure sign that the fridge is in need of cleaning.

Important safety tip: Switch off and unplug the appliance before attempting any disassembly of parts or cleaning.

The cleaning process:

  • Remove all the shelves, drawers and any other removable features inside the fridge, these will be washed separately. Mix together half a litre of warm water with two tablespoons of baking soda and / or dish soap. Thoroughly wash all surfaces inside the fridge and rinse them using fresh water. Finally, wipe down the fridge interior with a soft cloth, and try not to leave any water as it will turn to ice once you plug it back on.

  • Use the same concoction to wash the shelving and drawers. If you have metal wired shelves, it might be best to use a soft bristle brush in order to clean them properly on all sides. Let the shelving and drawers drip dry for a few minutes and then wipe them using a soft cloth. Be careful not to damage the door seal when cleaning.

  • Pay enough cleaning attention to the fridge and freezer door handles.

Fridge and Oven CleaningThe oven – in most cases the oven is bad news when it comes to cleaning. Grease, residue and staining can seem impossible to remove but applying the correct cleaning method should make things easier.

  • Remove all detachable parts from inside the oven, they will be cleaned separately. All detachable features are to be soaked in a bath tub or in a large sink basin, full of warm water and detergent. Once soaked, use a soft bristle brush to manually remove any grime and staining.

  • If you have a self-cleaning oven, run the self-cleaning cycle as per user manual instructions. If you don’t have such oven, manually apply the selected oven cleaning product but be careful to follow the instructions on the label strictly.

Don’t forget to wipe off the ashes and leftovers after the self-cleaning cycle is completed.

Cleaning Microwave and Coffeemaker

Microwave and Coffeemaker CleaningThe microwave and coffeemaker are two of the hardest working appliances in the average kitchen. Most microwave ovens are used multiple times a day, the coffeemaker at least once a day. Mundane issues like food boiling over in the microwave, or not cleaning the coffee machine often enough can translate to hours of scrubbing and rubbing of hard to reach places. Of course cleaning these appliances can be made relatively quick and easy, here is how:

The microwave oven:

  • Fill up a mug of fresh water, dip a few slices of lemon in it; place the mug inside the microwave and run the appliance on high setting for no less than three minutes.

  • Leave the mug and the solution in the oven for another three minutes. The hot water vapours will soften and dilute greasy smears, stains and residue. The hot lemon juice fumes will eradicate odours and provide for better hygiene.

  • After three or so minutes, remove the mug. Wipe down the walls of any leftovers using warm, soapy water. Finally, wipe and polish the inside of the microwave with a soft rag or microfiber cloth.

For best results, clean and wash the glass turntable, as well as any other features like microwave resistant grills, separately.

Microwave and Coffeemaker CleaningThe coffeemaker:

  • Remove the filter and wash it separately from the rest of the appliance. Pour three cups of water and three cups of white vinegar in the water chamber of the machine. Run the brew cycle.

  • Halfway through the cycle switch the machine off and let it sit for an hour without draining the vinegar solution. In an hour’s time switch the coffeemaker back on and let it complete the brewing cycle.

  • Final step of the process is to run at least two cycles, filling the coffeemaker with fresh water only. Let the water circulate through the appliance and wait for it to drain completely at the end.

Useful Tip:

Wash the filter separately using warm water and detergent. Make sure to clean properly all the crannies and gaps on the filter as this where stale coffee sticks the most. Once you eradicate that stale odour from the filter, you can stick it back in the appliance for the two fresh water cycles mentioned in the cleaning steps above.

Sometimes staining on the coffeemaker filter is permanent, this doesn’t mean that the filter is dirty or unusable though.