New kitchen appliances are a treat for those who are new homeowners or are just getting rid of your old kitchen appliances. Their shiny, grease-free surfaces and spotless interiors are a dream for everyone who uses the kitchen frequently. You probably know how frustrating it is to need to use an appliance, only to find that you have to scrub it clean first. Another annoying thing about older and unmaintained kitchen appliances is that their exteriors are too grubby to fix them on the counter. Most of all, kitchen appliances are meant to make your work easier and quicker, so dealing with temperamental older appliances, such as pressing the power button in a particular way, amongst others, is also rather tiresome.
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Modern kitchen appliances with their shiny exteriors can make your kitchen counter look chic. You don’t have to buy expensive branded appliances to achieve this look. Through proper care and maintenance, you can make your slightly outdated appliances look brand new and also make sure that their performance doesn’t deteriorate.
Ido Fishman, a well-endowed culinary expert, shares his best tips for maintaining kitchen appliances, that include refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, microwaves, stoves and, ovens, in terms of appearance as well as performance. Let’s take a look at those tips.
Conclusion: Ido Fishman summarizes all these points into the simple maintenance motto of “Inspect, clean and, maintain”
Best Maintenance Tips for Kitchen Appliances
Refrigerators and Freezers
Refrigerators are evidently one of the most used and important kitchen appliances. Therefore, you need to make sure that they are clean and properly maintained all the time. This includes taking care of the inside of the refrigerator as well as the outside surface. An easy way to clean the inside shelves is by placing shelf-liners on them. This will free you from the need to excessively scrub them when cleaning.
You really must clean the outside of your refrigerator as dirt buildup can cause the appliance to use more energy than normal, this will buildup heat as the machine is working harder and, as a result reducing its lifetime. You should invest in a refrigerator brush to reach the unfortunate positioning of the coils which is on its underside. This is not something that you need to do frequently, twice or thrice a year is enough to maintain performance.
Dishwashers are another one of the appliances that are used multiple times daily. Since they are used for cleaning utensils, it is very important for them to be clean. After all, how could you expect a dirty appliance to clean your utensils? The drainage pipes of your dishwashers can get clogged up with debris due to all the detergents and food particles swirling around in the device. You should check the pump area regularly and clear out any blockages with sprays.
You need to make sure that the door gaskets and the bottom edges do not have any pieces of food stuck to them. Fishman shares that you should routinely wipe those areas with diluted bleach to avoid buildup.
Another tip to maintain the performance of your dishwasher is to ensure that you turn off the water supply if you are going on a trip. The hoses of the appliances may freeze in low temperatures.
Microwaves have made heating food, making frozen pizzas (if you are too impatient for the oven), making quick desserts so much easier. They are a staple appliance in almost every home. They are also very easy to clean and maintain.
You need to clean the insides of the microwave at least once a week because you heat food in it and heat wakes up bacteria. So, it is highly recommended to clean the insides with a microwave solution. Don’t worry, the solution isn’t some fancy liquid that you’ll have to purchase. It is simply a combination of water, vinegar, and lemon. Make the solution and heat it in the microwave for around 2-3 minutes and then wipe the insides with a paper towel.
Stoves and Ovens
All your main cooking happens on the stove, whether gas or electrical. So, it is very important to keep them clean and free of any debris. Nowadays, you will find that stoves are built with cooker hoods which work as a powerful chimney and suck out the smoke and splashes. This reduces the dirt from collecting on the kitchen walls. However, you should clean the hood of the chimney regularly to prevent dirt and grease from building up and damaging the filters. The filters should also be changed at regular intervals. The best way to keep the stove to clean is to wipe it right after cooking your food so that it doesn’t get a chance to dry and harden which makes it difficult to clean.
You should also clean your oven by hand. Many ovens are designed with a self-cleaning option where they heat up to high temperatures to burn off any stuck food and you just have to clean the crumbs later on. However, you need to clear the vent filter of the oven by hand regularly. For an even cleaner oven, in case yours doesn’t have the built-in cleaning feature, use an oven spray.
Food Processors and Blenders
Food processors and blenders are, again, one of the most used appliances in everyday kitchens. They save you time with mincing, mixing, kneading, and, many other things that require mixing or mushing of food substances. Small kitchen appliances keep the kitchen functioning. From juicers to blenders to coffee machines. All these appliances require proper cleaning and maintenance to survive in the long-term. You should just make sure to wash all these appliances thoroughly after every use.
Ido Fishman suggests that you should go for the stainless steel finish if you are looking to buy new appliances as their exteriors have more durability. Maintain kitchen appliance should be a part of your kitchen cleaning routine as it is the key to ensure high performance and long life of the appliance.