Spring Cleaning the Hardest Working Parts of the House
Spring is the time to open the windows, freshen up the house, and give everything a deep clean. While most people have a checklist of things to do during spring cleaning, there are some areas that are often overlooked. Nowadays we have so many wonderful machines and appliances that help us tackle everyday tasks, saving us time and money. This spring, give those hard working machines some love by cleaning and maintaining them, ensuring they’ll last for a long time to come. Here are some tips to get you started.
Refrigerator & Freezer
Perhaps one of the hardest working appliances in your home, the refrigerator/freezer combo is working 24/7. Softly humming in the background, this machine makes it possible for you to keep food at safe temperatures, saving you tons of money each month. This month, be sure to take everything out and wipe down the interior as well as the exterior. Throw away any food that is expired or has gone bad.
If you smell something burning when you turn your oven on, it’s time for a deep clean. Even if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, you can use some elbow grease to get it sparkling. First, chip off loose pieces of food from the stove top as well as inside the oven. Then spritz burnt-on food with ammonia. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar inside the oven, which will bubble up, then wipe it up with a sponge.
Stove Hood Vents
The saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” applies here. When is the last time you leaned over and looked up into the range hood above your stove? Every time you cook, the underside of the range hood is exposed to condensation, oil, and grease. Take the mesh or metal filters off and give them a nice soak in some soapy hot water.
If you’re noticing foul odors coming from the garbage disposal, simply run a couple of lemon rinds through it and follow with cold water. It’s an easy and all natural way to get rid of bad smells!
First, you’ll want to take the bottom rack out and remove any bits of food from the bottom of the dishwasher. Then, run a cycle with a specialty cleanser made for your dishwasher. For a really thorough job, remove the filters and give them a good cleaning too. Things like food particles and grease can interfere with how clean your dishwasher gets those dishes.
No one wants to wash their clothes in a machine that isn’t clean. Disinfect the washing machine by combining distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and functioning. Run the machine with hot water, then add cleaning agents (for top-loading machines, 3 to 4 cups of vinegar to 1/2 cup of baking soda: for front-loading machines, 1/4 cup vinegar to 4 tablespoons of baking soda), and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Then restart your machine, letting the water drain and finally wipe it dry.
While you should be removing lint from your dryer’s filter after every load, there is an extra step you can take to help prevent build-up which causes fires. Remove the lint trap and use the crevice tool on your vacuum to suck up debris that is deeper inside your machine. If you notice your clothes aren’t drying as fast, it’s time to deep clean the lint trap.