- 05 April, 2016
Proper Cleaning Techniques for Your Home Appliances
Are you the type of person to change the oil in your car at every 3,000 miles and swap out your central air filter every six months on the dot? Or are you more footloose and fancy free when it comes to observing deadlines? Whatever your bent, don’t neglect regular maintenance care of some of the most valuable items in your home—your appliances! Modern appliances are big-ticket items which can set you back thousands of dollars. The good news is that, with proper care, they can last for years. At My Cleaning Lady, we’d like to offer you some simple steps to extend the life and function of the appliances you rely on every day!
One of the first appliances you should clean is the modern miracle, the refrigerator:
- Set aside 30 minutes to give your fridge a thorough cleaning from top to bottom.
- If you are worried about leaving items in warm air, place your food in a cooler while you empty out the refrigerator.
- Take out all of the drawers and shelves so you can clean every crevice.
- Using dishwashing soap and a non-abrasive cloth, scrub all of the surfaces to remove spilled food stains and germs.
- Germs reside on the refrigerator door since it’s one of the most common touch surfaces in your home. Use vinegar or an antibacterial agent cleaner to disinfect.
- Let all of the shelves and drawers air dry. And take some time to rinse and wipe off food containers such as maple syrup, ketchup, or jelly, all of which can cause sticky messes.
- You can also pull back the refrigerator and vacuum condenser coils to ensure the machine does not need to work harder than necessary.
One machine in your home keeps your whites white, and your colors true. Your washing machine can’t get your clothes squeaky clean unless it’s squeaky clean itself! Clean it once a month for optimal performance:
- Shockingly, some studies show that clothes can actually be dirtier after they are washed!
- Clothes washers can develop moldy or musty odors. Run the washer without clothes and pour in two cups of vinegar to disinfect the entire machine.
- For tough mold which is often found in the folds of the rubber bellows on front-loading machines, use a mold and mildew remover. Just be sure to run the washer on hot two or three times afterwards to remove all traces of bleach and other harsh cleaning agents.
- Leave the soap dispensing tray and the lid of the machine open when not in use to air the machine out.
- Wipe the outside of the machine with a rag soaked in water and vinegar.
Vinegar is a universal cleaner. Here are some uses of it for additional appliances:
- Run the dishwasher on the longest and hottest setting with two cups of vinegar to disinfect and clean off leftover food particles and soap scum.
- Coffeemakers can be run with a 2 to 1 mixture of water and vinegar to remove deposits and lime scale from the machine’s system. Then, run it with clean water so your next cup of Joe doesn’t have too much bite!
- Use vinegar as a good degreaser to clean the top of your stove and backsplash.
Home cleaning should not just focus on your countertops and floors. Spending some time on your appliances need not take a lot of time. But it can pay off handsomely in fewer repair bills as well as a home that’s spic and span
My Cleaning Lady offers complete home cleaning services at reasonable prices. Currently offered cleaning specials include one hour free of cleaning with the purchase of five hours of one-time service, and a 15 percent discount off one-year prepayment of recurring housecleaning service. My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency.
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