Spring has sprung! And that means it's time for some spring cleaning for your appliances to keep them running like new in every season! Even better - you don't need fancy cleaners or questionable chemicals. A few items you probably already have in your home will keep everything sparkling fresh.
Dishwasher - Your dishwasher has a dirty job. Regular cleaning of your dishwasher helps ensure the best clean for your dishes. Evenly sprinkle one cup of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher, place one cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe container on the top shelf, and run a cycle at the hottest water setting.
Microwave - In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine one cup of water, an entire chopped up lemon (gently squeeze some of the juice out as you add lemon pieces to the water, and three tablespoons of vinegar. Heat the mixture on high power until it reaches a full boil - usually 3-4 minutes. After, keep microwave closed and let steam go to work for about five minutes. Use a damp sponge to wipe away all the gunk and finish up by wiping the inside with a dry towel to soak up any excess moisture.
Oven - If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can use that feature to clean your oven - just be careful as this feature uses high heat to break down stuck-on grime. If you don't have a self-cleaning oven or prefer a lower temperature method, the solution is simple. Mix one cup of baking soda with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water for a pasty but somewhat thin consistency. Remove oven racks and use a sponge to distribute the baking soda paste over the walls and doors of the oven, then let sit for several hours - or overnight if your oven has built up quite a bit of caked on mess. The next day, use a spray bottle filled with white vinegar to spray the surfaces inside the oven until they fizz. Use a damp cloth or sponge and warm water to wipe away the mess.
Washing Machine - Like your dishwasher, your washing machine handles a lot of dirt and grime so it needs to be cleaned from time to time also! To keep your washing machine working its best, toss one cup of baking soda in the drum and pour one cup of vinegar into the detergent dispenser (for front-loaders) or right into the tub with the baking soda (for top-loaders) and run for one cycle on hot. For front-loaders, after the cycle is complete, be sure to take a damp cloth and clean the seals around the opening and door.
Clothes Dryer - Your clothes dryer can be one of the most dangerous appliances in your home for fire hazard. However, you can keep it running safely during your appliance spring cleaning sprint. First, remove the lint catch and wash with warm water and a bit of plain dish soap to remove chemicals and very small debris, then set aside to dry. Next, you want to clean the dryer vent inside the machine. Most home improvement stores carry lint brushes with long flexible handles to reach down below where the lint trap ends to clean out lint that has accumulated in the machine. Check your vent hose in back of the machine to ensure it is clear as well! And be sure to have the portion of the vent from the wall to the outside professionally "blown out" a couple times per year.
Spring cleaning your appliances is a breeze with these tips! However, if you have questions or find a messy situation that requires professional help, give us a call! At Appliance Science, we have a formula for your fix!