How Proper Cleaning Can Extend The Life Of Your Major Kitchen Appliances

Extending the life of your kitchen appliances can save you significant sums on household costs over the years. One of the easiest ways to keep your appliances in good working order for a long period of time is to clean them on a regular basis. Here's how to keep 4 major kitchen appliances humming along nicely simply by keeping them clean.

Refrigerators

People who clean the inside of their refrigerators on a regular basis often don't even think to clean one of the most important parts of the appliance — the coils underneath. At the bare minimum, these should be completely cleaned on an annual basis. When these coils get clogged, they can cause the refrigerator to completely malfunction. These coils prevent the compressor from overheating by pulling in air. Those who live in households with pets that shed should clean the coils at least every six months.

Microwaves

The best way to ensure that your microwave oven remains in top condition is to clean it after each use. Even if you think that it doesn't need it, wipe it out anyway with hot water and a clean, soft, cotton cloth sprinkled with baking soda. When deep cleaning is required, placing a shallow dish filled with lemon juice and microwaving on high for two minutes will produce an aromatic steam that will condense on the sides and the bottom of the interior of the appliance, making cleaning easy and pleasurable.

Convection Ovens

Convection ovens have a "self-cleaning" option, but many consumers find that this isn't enough for ovens that are used on a regular basis, and commercial oven-cleaning chemicals can be harsh and even dangerous. The self-cleaning process on convection ovens involves interior oven temperatures of up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, and this can be extremely hard on the appliance and even cause components to fail. In some cases, temperatures this high may also present a significant fire danger, particularly in very small kitchens. You'll be able to keep your convection oven running well by treating it much the same as your microwave — wipe it out after each use and give it a thorough cleaning once per week or so depending on how often you use it.

Dishwashers

The dishwasher is one of the handiest appliances that you have in your home kitchen, but it's important to remember that you need to do your part to keep this appliance running smoothly. Dishes and cutlery should be rinsed clean before being loaded into the dishwasher — excess food buildup can get caught in the dishwasher's motor and cause it to malfunction.

For for ideas on keeping your kitchen appliances clean, talk to a professional.

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