Keep your kitchen appliances running and performing like new by cleaning them on a regular basis. Once you’ve cleaned them, you can enjoy safer, more efficient means of cooking and storing food. To help residents of the Embassy Apartments and Mill Place Apartments in Orangeville, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has put together everything that you need to know when tackling your kitchen appliances.
1. Empty It Out + Consolidate
Before you jump into scrubbing and disinfecting, start by taking everything out of the fridge and placing it on the counter. Remember to place your perishables in a cooler to keep them fresh. Next, rid yourself of those expired items that should have been disposed of long ago. Free up even more shelf space by consolidating two of the same item or food type.
2. Remove The Shelves
Give your fridge the ultimate TLC it deserves by taking out the shelves and drawers. This will allow for a deeper clean. Be sure to carefully remove glass drawers and shelves before you start washing to avoid cracking.
3. Get Cleanin’
White vinegar is a must-have for cleaning. Combine water with vinegar and use it to clean your fridge from top to bottom. Use towels or sponges to wipe down the drawers and an old unused toothbrush to get into corners and crevices. Finish off by drying the interior of the fridge with a cloth or paper towel. The shelves and drawers are up next and can be cleaned with two tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of hot water.
4. Restock It
Refill your fridge with all your remaining food, making sure to wipe down any jars that have sticky residue.
5. Remember The Outside
Don’t forget to show the outside of your fridge some TLC with some multi-surface cleaner and paper towel. If you have a stainless steel fridge, use a microfiber cloth and a stainless steel cleaner, remembering to wipe in the direction of the grain.
6. Stay Clean
Now that your fridge is clean, keep it that way. Clean out expired food at least once a week and place a container of baking soda on a shelf to reduce odours.
Self-cleaning ovens are equipped with a feature that allows the oven to heat up so much that food residue and grease are turned to ash. Be sure to pick a cleaning time when your kitchen is the least active and children and pets are away from the area. To avoid harmful fumes and odours, open up your apartment’s windows for ventilation. Next, remove oven racks, place them in a warm water-dishwashing liquid mixture to soak and turn on your oven’s self-cleaning mode. The oven should clean for two to six hours and should be allowed to cool for at least two hours following the cleaning cycle. Open the door, brush out the ashes, clean the oven door and follow up with the soaking racks.
Cleaning a Non-Self-Cleaning Oven
Start the process by removing oven racks, placing them in warm water mixed with soap and creating a cleaning solution for the oven’s interior. Four tablespoons of baking soda and water in a spray bottle will do the trick. Spray down the interior, making sure to focus on charred, stained areas. Let this paste settle for at least an hour and test to see if the charred areas have loosened. If they have, chip off charred pieces with a scraper and repeat this process again. Wipe down the oven again with a solution of half vinegar, half water, making sure to clean up oven racks and place them back in the oven.
- Place a baking sheet on the rack to catch food spills and grease.
- Clean up spills right away to avoid caked on messes by sprinkling salt on the affected area and wiping up with a damp sponge.
Fill a microwave-safe dish half full with water and add a tablespoon of white vinegar before placing it in the microwave. Turn it on for five minutes and watch the dried grime loosen. Next, remove the container, wipe down the insides with a rag or paper towel and be sure to take out and wash the glass tray and turntable.
Using a Lemon
Slice a lemon in half, place both halves cut-side down on a microwaveable plate with a tablespoon of water and microwave for about one minute. Follow up by wiping the inside of the microwave with paper towel or a reusable cloth.
Using Dish Soap
Fill a microwave-safe bowl with warm water, add in dishwashing soap and place in the microwave for one minute. Remove the bowl and take a damp sponge and wipe the insides. Add baking soda to the bowl to serve as a deodorizer and leave the microwave open for a few minutes to air out.
Make cleaning your kitchen appliances a breeze with this helpful guide. Located at 8 First Avenue and 17 Church Street, Williams and McDaniel’s Embassy Apartments and Mill Place Apartments offer residents ideal rental options in Orangeville.