You faithfully make your bed every day, you never leave dishes in the sink, and your kitchen counters are crumb-free. Good for you! But when was the last time you cleaned your kitchen appliances? I'll admit, I don't do this as often as I should. The fact is, those small appliances that we use every day need regular cleaning to work efficiently. They can become a breeding ground for germs if left unattended for too long. Not good.
I like to get into a groove and do all of my appliances in one session, so I dress the part, start a playlist, and get my clean on!
TIME: 2 hours (plus some overnight stuff)
What You’ll Need
- All-Purpose Cleaner
- Dish Soap
- Glass Cleaner
- Leather Cleaner
- Cheap, white vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Empty Spray bottle
- Gloves (optional)
HOW TO CLEAN THE OVEN:
TOP TIP: Start the night before. Trust us on this one.
- Empty the oven: Take everything out (even the racks).
- Draw a hot dish soap bubble bath for your oven racks and leave them submerged overnight.
- Mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda in a small bowl with a few tablespoons of water. You want it to have a thick consistency, like cream cheese.
- Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven. The baking soda will turn a brownish color as you rub it in.
- Allow the baking soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours or overnight.
- Wipe it clean the next day! I start with paper towels because it's super greasy and gross. Once most of the brown muck is gone, I swap over to an All-Purpose cleaner and a cloth or sponge.
- Fill an empty spray bottle halfway with white vinegar.
- Spray the vinegar + cleaner mixture in the oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and gently foam. It is strangely satisfying.
- Wipe away the remaining foamy vinegar-baking soda mixture. Repeat until the baking soda residue is gone.
- Replace your oven racks: Give them a good scrub in the tub before putting them back in the oven. You can use the same baking soda paste you made to clean them. FYI: You'll probably need to wash the tub afterward. Sorry!
HOW TO CLEAN THE FRIDGE:
- Start with the obvious: Throw away any old food.
- Take everything out and put it on the counters or dining table while you clean.
- Remove the shelves and veggie bins and wash them carefully in the sink. I use gloves for this bit because they can get slippery when wet.
- While empty, spray the entire fridge interior with All-Purpose cleaner working from the top down.
- Spray the rubber seal around the door and use a cotton bud or a thin cloth to dig out the trapped grime in the grooves.
- Finish with a spritz of glass cleaner to give everything a final polish before putting the food back in.
HOW TO CLEAN THE ICE MAKER:
- Turn it off
- Take the bin to the sink
- I use the old ice cubes to water all my houseplants
- Wash the ice-maker bin with dish soap and water.
- Dry it thoroughly and put it back. Done!
HOW TO CLEAN THE TOASTER:
- Unplug it, please.
- Remove the tray and shake the whole thing out over the trash or sink.
- Wash the tray with dish soap and warm water. Dry thoroughly!
- Use Glass Cleaner to polish the outside and the cord before putting it back.
HOW TO CLEAN THE MICROWAVE:
- Heat 2 cups of water and half a lemon in a microwave-safe dish, and cook for 3 minutes.
- Leave the doors closed for 5 minutes to let the steam soften any splatters.
- Spray the interior with All-Purpose Cleaner and wipe down with a paper towel or cleaning cloth.
- Close the door and spay and wipe the outside with Glass Cleaner.
HOW TO CLEAN THE DISHWASHER:
- Take the racks out.
- Use a toothpick to clear any gunk from the holes in the spinning arms.
- Wash the water drains and removable the filter (if there is one) with warm, soapy water in the sink.
- Spray and wipe the rubber door seal with All-Purpose Cleaner.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda on the bottom, then run the machine on a short hot-water cycle to battle stains and odors.
- Close the door and clean the exterior with Glass Cleaner, especially the control panel and handle.
HOW TO CLEAN THE COFFEE MACHINE:
- Fill the carafe with equal parts water and white vinegar.
- Turn it on and run like you would for coffee.
- After several cups, turn it off and let it sit for an hour.
- Then turn it back on to finish the cycle. Follow with clean water to remove any traces of vinegar.
HOW TO CLEAN THE BLENDER:
- Fill the blender jar almost halfway with ice cubes.
- Add warm water and a small amount of dish soap.
- Now pulse to clean.
- Keep adding more warm water until it runs clear. The best part is that the ice helps to sharpen the blades while it cleans! You can also chuck half a lemon to help break down any staining.
- Rinse well and dry.
- Cover the newly sharpened blades with an old washcloth and scrub away any remaining mineral deposits with a stiff natural bristle brush.
- Rinse and dry thoroughly. Your blender jar should be sparkling and clear.
HOW TO CLEAN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL:
- Throw a handful of ice cubes + half a cup of white vinegar, lemon cut into quarters down there.
- Flip the switch and let it grind.
- Pour some hot water and dish soap down the drain to diminish the vinegar smell.
Once you hit the Garbage Disposal, you've hit Martha-level cleaning status. Time for a break (and maybe some new yoga pants)?