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How to Clean and Care for your Kitchen Appliances

The kitchen is the beating heart of many homes, and the appliances within the kitchen are what keep that beating heart healthy and happy. If you are not properly caring for your kitchen appliances, you can seriously hamper the life expectancy and energy efficiency of your appliances. That is why we have compiled this guide on how to clean certain appliances in your kitchen in an effective manner.

Each of the appliances that we are providing cleaning tips for can be found in-store, and online, so not only are we showing you how to clean your kitchen appliances, we have a space where you can buy them too.

Defrosting and Cleaning a Fridge Freezer

To clean your fridge freezer, you must first defrost it. Here is a quick and easy-to-follow guide on how to prepare our fridge freezer for cleaning:

  • The first step is to unplug your fridge freezer.

  • Then remove all the contents; after all, you cannot clean when food is in the way. Remember to be quick or have another cold/frozen area to store foodstuffs while cleaning.

  • Remove shelves and drawers

  • Arrange towels and cloths around the bottom of the fridge freezer to catch the water as the ice in your freezer melts.

  • Using warm soapy water and cloth, clean your fridge freezer.

  • Wash the shelves, drawers using warm soapy water. Once clean and dry place them back into the freezer.
  • Once you have finished defrosting your freezer you can plug the device back in and put it back into position. 

Cleaning an  Oven

Cleaning an oven can be difficult, especially if you do a lot of cooking and have not cleaned the oven in a while. In saying that, this method is tried and tested, and even if it may take a few tries, we are sure it will work.

  • Remove any racks or trays from your oven.

  • Use towels or newspapers at the base of the oven because you will be using a water mixture to clean and you don't want any unnecessary leakages.

  • Using baking soda and warm water, make a paste, and spread this paste in the interior of the oven using rubber gloves to protect your skin from irritation. Areas with a lot of residue will warrant more paste mixture.

  •  Let this paste sit for 12-18 hours.

  • Using a damp cloth, wipe the paste away, or using a plastic spatula, begin to scrape away at any hard-to-clean areas.

  • Spray a little vinegar around the oven in areas where there is still any baking soda.

  • Using a damp cloth, remove the remaining vinegar and baking soda solution.
  • Cleaning your oven racks requires a slightly different procedure but is not as time-consuming. For this, simply fill up your sink or tub with warm water and dishwasher detergent. Leave it to sit for a few hours, scrub the racks with a scourer, rinse them, and let them dry.

If you are looking at upgrading your oven, why not consider a pyroclean model? These models are self-cleaning. You simply turn on the pyroclean programme and wipe away the residue once it has finished. It very easy and completely hassle-free.

Cleaning a  Washing Machine

There are a number of ways to clean a washing machine, here is a method that we would suggest:

  • Unplug the machine and ensure it is empty and without any water from prior washes.

  • Clean the detergent drawer once you have removed it, preferable with domestic cleaner and a toothbrush (yes, it is laborious, but it has to be done).

  • Give the filter a wipe or a clean (your machine's manual should tell you where it is if you can not locate it. You might also be able to find an online manual in case you have thrown your physical one away).

  • Pop your machine on its hottest wash with an empty drum so that all germs on the inside are cleaned.
  • Using a damp cloth, clean the rubber seal around the door. You would be amazed at how much dirt can hide there.

Cleaning a Dishwasher

There is nothing worse than the smell of a dirty dishwasher. After all, so much food goes through the machine that some of it is bound to get caught up and leave a smell. Here is a quick and easy way to stay on top of your dishwasher cleaning routine:

Clean the filter; this will can often have a lot of food left caught within it if plates are not rinsed before they are placed in the dishwasher.

Add a jug with 500ml of white vinegar onto a rack and place this on a cleaning cycle; turn off the heat dry option here, and do not use detergent.

Once the first cleaning cycle is complete, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run a  hot water cycle, this will eliminate any residue loosened by the vinegar.

Descaling a  Kettle

Descaling a kettle is so simple, and it is a great way to ensure that your kettle lasts for as long as possible. This is especially important if you have an expensive or beloved kettle in your home that you don't want to see go.

To descale, mix 1 part water and 1 part vinegar, leave it to sit in the kettle for 60-90 minutes, throw the water away, and then clean the kettle with a damp cloth. Once you see that the limescale has disappeared, rinse your kettle out a number of times to get rid of the smell of the solution, and that's it, your clean and descaled kettle is ready to go.

If you want to save some time and hassle, we have a collection of kettle descalers in-store and online too.

Cleaning and Descaling a  Coffee Machine

Finally, we will look at the best way to descale and clean a coffee machine. You should look to descale your machine every 1-2 months in order to stop the build-up of residue, and here is how we would suggest you go about it:

Take out the filter, grounds basket, and any other removable parts.

Discard any used grounds, paper filters, or other disposable parts.

Give the removable parts an initial rinse.

Fill your sink with hot water and dish soap.

Submerge the grounds basket, permanent filters, and other parts in hot water.

Wash out the coffee pot with warm water and dish soap.

Clean the basket, filter, or other parts to remove any water scale or residue.

Rinse everything completely so that no soap is left behind.

Use a soft cloth and clean water to wipe the exterior.

Dry everything sufficiently with a cloth or paper towels.

Reassemble the coffee maker but leave the lid open to allow it to air dry completely.

 Depending on the water in your area, you may need to get a special descaler for your coffee machine to ensure it's working at its best. Check out our range here

So that is how we would recommend cleaning each of your primary kitchen appliances simply and effectively. Make sure to stay on top of the cleaning routine, and your kitchen will remain clean and operational for years to come.

Similarly, if you want to buy a new kitchen appliance, contact your local store, where one of our store assistants would be happy to help you out. Alternatively, call our online sales team, who will gladly assist over the phone!