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How to Properly Clean your Kitchen Appliances

04 September 2020
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As easy as what appliances make our lives, they are among the most difficult objects to properly clean in the home. Whether you have had a run-in with your deep fryer or a clash with your oven – we guarantee that these appliance cleaning tips will save you some headaches!

1. Cleaning your Refrigerator

The fridge is one of the most dreaded appliances to clean mostly due to the presence and smell of long-forgotten leftovers and tupperwares of strange substances. Even so – it is crucial to clean your fridge properly to avoid build-up of harmful bacteria and germs.

Not sure how to get started? Let us help you out:

Empty the fridge

It is important to take everything out of the fridge to clean it properly. Come armed with a garbage bag to dispose of anything unsightly or that you have not used in the past 6 months.

It is also important to clean any tupperwares, bottles or jars that you plan to place in the fridge again once it’s cleaned.

Clean the fridge

Now that you have completely emptied your fridge, it is time to give it a good rub-down. Remove the shelves and drawers to do so properly.

Spray the inside of the fridge with a water and vinegar solution. While the solution rests, wash the drawers and shelves with warm, soapy water. You can now wipe the fridge down and replace the drawers, shelves and the food products.

2. Cleaning your Oil Deep Fryer

The deep fryer is a food appliance favourite – from making delicious slap chips to crumbed chicken pieces and even deep-fried fish, the deep fryer is a kitchen gem. But this wonder comes at a cost: the difficulty of properly cleaning the deep fryer.

Here is how to properly clean your deep fryer:

Cleaning preparation

Before you can consider cleaning the deep fryer, you need to allow it to cool down for at least two hours after it has been used. Once it is completely cooled off, remove the frying basket and place it in a sink of warm water and dish soap to soak.

You can now remove the old oil and place it in a bottle for later use or properly dispose of it.

Cleaning the deep fryer

Use a plastic spatula to remove any stuck food particles by scraping at the sides and bottom of the deep fryer. If there are still a few stubborn particles, use a sponge to scrub them loose. Throw these particles in the bin.

Drop eight drops of dish soap into the deep fryer – four onto the bottom and the rest on the sides. Using a sponge, wipe in circles to lather the soap and work your way all over the inside of the deep fryer in circular motions.

Once scrubbed, fill with hot water and allow to stand for 30 minutes.

While you wait, scrub the frying basket in a back-and-forth motion. Add additional soap to the water if it is still greasy. Place on the dishrack to dry.

After cleaning protocol

Pour the water out the deep fryer and fill with clean water to rinse. Repeat until all soap is gone. Dry the inside of fryer with a dish towel and then allow to air dry.

3. Cleaning your Oven

The oven is one of the most-used appliances in the home but it is also one of the least cleaned. Unless your oven is at eye-level, you do not notice the build-up of grime inside.

As unappealing as it might be, it is important to clean your oven thoroughly. In fact, if you don’t, the build-up can actually alter the taste of your food.

Let’s get cleaning:

Cleaning preparation

To properly clean your oven you will need baking soda and vinegar on hand. First, remove everything from the oven then lay out newspaper on the floor beneath the oven. In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of baking soda with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Mix until you have a spreadable paste.

Spread the paste around the inside of the oven covering all sides. If you have an electric oven do not place any paste on the heating element. If you have a gas oven, do not place any paste where the gas needs to come out.

Place the racks inside the sink or bath, sprinkle baking soda over the racks and then pour vinegar on top. Allow the mixture to foam. Once the foaming stops, wipe the solution off and cover with hot water.

Leave both oven and racks to soak overnight.

Cleaning the oven

In the morning, take a damp cloth and wipe down all surfaces of the oven. If there are still sticky spots, use a sponge to scrub off the built-up grime. Do the same with the racks which you left to soak.

You can now dry the racks and place them back in the oven and your job is complete.

4. Cleaning your Dishwasher

If you own a dishwasher then you will know what a life-changing appliance it is. As with any appliance, dishwashers need to be cleaned too to perform optimally.

Here’s how to get going:

Clearing the drain

The first step in the cleaning process is to remove the bottom dish rack to get to the drain. Remove any food that is caught in it.

The vinegar rinse

Make sure that your dishwasher is empty. Place a cup of white vinegar in a container on the upper rack of the dishwasher. Run a hot water cycle. This will rid the dishwasher of any grease, build-up and bad smells.

The baking soda rinse

Once the hot water cycle is complete, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short hot-water cycle. Your dishwasher will now be brighter and smell fresh!


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