A Guide to Cleaning Large Appliances
Your large appliances help you keep your household running smoothly, but it can be easy to forget to work them into your cleaning schedule.
Proper cleaning keeps those appliances looking good and, more importantly, in working order for longer. If you’re ready to add your house’s large appliances to your cleaning schedule, here’s how to take care of them.
It’s easy to notice when the interior of your fridge needs a good wipe down, but the back of it is probably out of sight — and out of mind. Once every few months, it’s a good idea to pull your fridge away from the wall to clean the coils at the back of it and vacuum any debris you find underneath.
Ovens (and stovetops) have many components that need to be cleaned to keep them in good shape. You can easily see when burners and the exterior need some elbow grease, but you might be neglecting the interior.
It’s a good idea to give the inside of your oven a good cleaning at least once every few months. You can use store-bought oven cleaner or make your own with baking soda and vinegar.
Dishwashers might seem like they are self-cleaning, but you’ll need to give this appliance a little extra care about once a month. Clean any food debris out of the drain and filter. Then, you can run a wash cycle with vinegar followed by another cycle with baking soda.
Washer and Dryer
A dirty washing machine can impact the way your clothes smell. Once a month, run a wash cycle with hot water to eliminate the buildup of any mold or bacteria. You should also run a cycle with a washing machine cleaner two or three times a year.
While you probably remove lint from your dryer’s filter after every load, don’t forget to clean out the vents and ducts at least once a year to prevent inefficiency and fires. You can also clean the inside of your dryer with water and vinegar.
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