Our major kitchen appliances like refrigerators and ovens are important investments that are necessary to complete any kitchen. In order to keep these appliances in good working order, it is important to clean them and perform necessary maintenance. A few hours of basic appliance maintenance will help prevent your expensive appliances from breaking down and needing repairs as well as extend their lifespan, which will in turn help you save money in the long run. When the time comes for you to do some heavy-duty kitchen cleaning, we have a few suggestions and guidelines that will come in handy. From refrigerators and microwaves to dishwashers and ovens, we have your kitchen covered.
The dishwasher’s job is to clean your dishes , but it can get pretty dirty in the process. Here’s how to keep your dishwasher sanitary and fresh:
Is your microwave looking rough? We have some ways to freshen it up:
Many ranges have built-in range hoods above their cooking surfaces or detached range hoods. Range hoods are usually vented to the exterior of the home and take out grease, steam, and cooking odors from the kitchen. Some hoods do not have outside vents and rely on disposable charcoal filters to remove smoke and bad odors from the air. Both vented and non-vented hoods have fans to draw air and smoke from the cooking area, and both need to be cleaned to keep them free from grease buildup and working efficiently.
There are many tough cleaning products intended to clean standard ovens. Nevertheless, many oven cleaners are hazardous when they come in contact with your skin or eyes. Wear rubber gloves, and protect your hands while cleaning. Don’t inhale the spray mist or the vapors. Avoid dripping the cleaner on any surfaces other than those it is intended to clean. Cautiously read and follow the manufacturer’s directions when you use a commercial grade oven cleaner.
When you clean a conventional oven, protect the heating elements, oven wiring, and thermostat from commercial grade oven cleaners with aluminum foil.
Many ovens/stoves are outfitted with self-cleaning system. A self-cleaning oven uses a pyrolytic, or high heat, system to burn up oven filth, creating a chalky ash. A continuous-cleaning, or catalytic, system eliminates small spatters through the porcelain-enamel finish on the oven liner, which absorbs and spreads dirt to promote cleaning at normal temperature settings. Hefty spills must be wiped up; they will burn and may stain the oven surface. Dust continuous-cleaning ovens weekly and self-cleaning ovens after the cleaning cycle, the best way to clean this up is using the dusting attachment of your vacuum to take out dried food particles or ash.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions when using the cleaning cycle of a self-cleaning oven, and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to care for a continuous-cleaning oven. Neither kind of oven should be cleaned with commercial grade oven cleaners. Continuous-cleaning ovens should never be cleaned with abrasives or powdered cleansers; these products will harm the surface.
Oven racks that have baked-on blackened areas can be cleaned by “scorching” off the soot with ammonia vapors. Just lay the racks on old towels in your bathtub. Fill the tub with warm water and 1/2 cup ammonia, and let it sit 1/2 hour. Be sure the bathroom is well ventilated. Make sure to rinse off thoroughly.
The final item on the list is the refrigerator. Below are a few tips to help you clean he refrigerator easeier and quickly:
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