Kitchen appliances are some of the most used items in your home. However, it's likely that they get overlooked when it comes to your cleaning routine. Kitchen appliances are often expensive to repair or replace, but regular cleaning can keep them functioning for longer, saving you money in the long-term. A clean, pleasant kitchen is also one you’re more likely to spend time cooking in, rather than opting for easy options such as microwave meals or having to deal with the daunting mess of cleaning kitchen appliances before you've even started cooking.
As a general rule, cleaning kitchen appliances becomes much easier if you tackle the mess as it happens by wiping up spills and cleaning up as much food residue as possible before it has time to congeal and stick. Most items can be cleaned simply and cheaply using a solution of baking soda and water and a sponge, or a solution of soapy warm water. This combined with more infrequent deep cleans will help keep your kitchen appliances in optimal condition for longer. The difficulty for many of us is finding the time to clean each kitchen appliance effectively, so we've come up with this easy to follow guide to give you a helping hand.
The fridge is among the first kitchen appliance you’ll notice if you forget to clean it - it quickly becomes obvious when the smell hits you on opening the door! While this may often be the food content itself, sometimes it can be the actual fridge if you haven't cleaned it for a while. Here are a few quick ways to keep on top of it:
Don’t forget to wash the door seals, as these can wear out fast if not looked after. Use soapy water and a cloth. To make them last longer, a layer of petroleum jelly can act as a protectant. Another often overlooked spot is the exterior handle, which you touch multiple times daily.
Make sure you have a cool bag or spare freezer on hand before you tackle cleaning this appliance! You’ll need to empty out everything in the freezer so you can defrost it.
It’s easy to miss the extractor fan hood when you’re cleaning kitchen appliances, as often you can't see or rarely notice it. It's important to remember, though, that fan filters should be removed and cleaned every couple of months to ensure they keep working correctly. They can get clogged with grease very quickly.
Which cleaning method you use will depend on which type of hob you have - the most common are either gas or electric.
Smooth hobs - often electric
If you have a glass ceramic hob with no exposed burners, you can clean it directly using baking soda, which does a great job of removing burnt on food.
Hobs with exposed burners
These hobs can be cleaned simply using a sponge and soapy, warm water. You’ll need to unscrew the burners first. Gas burners and electric coil burners can be scoured with warm soapy water.
Don’t forget to wipe down the front surface of the hob including the control knobs, as chances are these are common dirty spots. Some stoves feature removable dials, which can be scrubbed in soapy water, dried and replaced.
Oven cleaning is an often dreaded task but it doesn’t have to be quite so horrifying. If you do a lot of baking and roasting, your oven probably needs cleaning every month. Once it starts smoking when you heat it up, it’s well overdue for a clean!
A spreadable paste made of one part salt to three parts baking soda and one part water will create a natural and nontoxic cleaner for the inside of the oven, and can also be used for cleaning kitchen appliances such as the microwave. If it’s a little runny, add more baking soda.
Doesn’t this one clean itself? Not quite. Left unattended to for a while, dishwashers can begin to get clogged with grease, soap scum and unappetising leftovers. You can fix this in a few simple steps.
If you’ve ever neglected your microwave for more than a couple of weeks you’ll be familiar with the problem of crusted on, near impossible to remove food. There’s an easy fix - microwave a bowl of water for 2 minutes to re-hydrate and loosen the mess.
Cleaning kitchen appliances is an ongoing process made more manageable if you keep on top of it little and often. It can be much more difficult if dirt and grime are left to build up, only to find yourself having to dedicate an entire weekend of your life to it!