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Best Easy DIY Cleaning Tips for Kitchen Appliances

Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Kitchen Appliances Immaculately Clean

The Importance of Regularly Cleaning Your Kitchen Appliances

Impractical as it may seem to add one more task to your already hefty domestic duties, regularly cleaning your kitchen appliances is more than just about aesthetics.

It's a crucial endeavour which keeps your kitchen appliances working efficiently, keeps your food tasting great, and increases the lifespan of your machines.

But more crucially, it helps avoid the build-up of harmful bacteria that can risk the health of you and your family.

  • Efficiency is Key: First off, appliances that aren’t cleaned regularly have to labour harder, which tends to consume more energy and shortens their lifespan. They stop functioning as they should too. For instance, refrigerator coils caked in dust force the appliance to work extra hard, impacting cooling efficiency and hiking up electricity bills.
  • Flavour Preservation: Secondly, a build-up of food residue or grime can taint the flavour of your meals. A dirty microwave can impart unpleasant tastes and smells onto your reheated dinner, or a food processor blade tainted with yesterday's onions might lend an uninvited flavour to your morning smoothie. Regular cleaning treats you to the delicious results you intended.
  • Elongated Lifespan: Failing to conduct regular clean-ups of your kitchen appliances could strain their motors and other working parts, leading to premature failure. Saving time today might lead to early, and often expensive, replacements tomorrow. Regular cleaning definitely aids in prolonging the life and maintaining the efficiency of your appliances.
  • A Healthier Environment: Perhaps most importantly, regular cleaning of kitchen appliances keeps harmful bacteria, mould and other health hazards at bay. Dishwashers, refrigerators, and microwaves are all conducive environments for germs to multiply if residues are left uncleaned. Regular cleaning keeps you safe and sickness-free.

Now that we understand the importance of regular cleaning for kitchen appliances, let's dive into some tips and techniques to keep every appliance in your kitchen spotless!

From stubborn stove-top stains to keeping your refrigerator fresh inside and out, we have got you covered.

How to Clean a Hob or Stovetop: Removing Stubborn Stains and Grease

Stainless steel hob tops need regular cleaning with a non-abrasive cleaner
Stainless steel hob tops need regular cleaning with a non-abrasive cleaner

Let's face it, no one likes scrubbing away at the stovetop. But if you want it to perform its best and last longer, you'll have to roll up those sleeves and get scrubbing.

This section will teach you how to eliminate those resilient grease and food stains swiftly without much hassle.

Here's what you will need: a non-abrasive cleaner or a DIY solution of equal parts vinegar and water, a non-scratch scouring pad or cloth, baking soda, and some elbow grease. 

Here is a step-by-step process to a grease-free stovetop:  

  1. Start by removing all the detachable parts. You can often remove knobs, grates and burner caps, but check your appliance manual if you're unsure.
  2. Next, create a vinegar-water solution in a spray bottle and spray surfaces of the stovetop. Let it sit for a few moments; this will help soften and loosen the stain for easy removal.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda over the soiled areas; its mild abrasive qualities will aid you in annihilating those stubborn spots.
  4. Armed with your non-scratch scouring pad or cloth, gently scrub away. Keep working at it – you'll soon start to see the fruits of your labour!
  5. Once you're satisfied, wipe away any residual vinegar solution and baking soda mixture with a damp cloth. Make sure no residue is left behind as it can discolour your stovetop.
  6. Finally, dry the stove thoroughly to prevent water spots and replace the detached parts.

For stubborn stains that refuse to budge with the above treatment, specialty cleaners are available. But do take note to use these sparingly, as some can contain harsh chemicals. 

It's recommended to take on this task at least once a week. Frequent cleaning may initially seem like a burden, but it helps prevent build-up, making the task easier over time.

Plus, you'll feel a delightful sense of satisfaction every time you see your gleaming stovetop.

Keeping Your Oven Spotless: Tips and Techniques

A busy oven is a grease trap that needs special attention
A busy oven is a grease trap that needs special attention

It's vital to keep your oven in top-notch shape if you're any kind of cooking enthusiast. Regular cleaning doesn't just optimise performance—it also extends the life of the appliance. Follow these handy, effortless tips for maintaining a sparkling clean oven. 

1. Wipe it down after every use: Cleaning your oven can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if it's gone a while without a good scrub. Avoid the baked-on mess by simply wiping down the inside of your oven after each use. Wait until it's just warm to the touch—not hot—to avoid burns, and use a damp cloth or sponge to quickly clear away any drips or spills. 

Note: Do not use abrasive scrubbers or cleaners as they can damage the oven's surface.

2. Make oven liners your best friend: Oven liners are relatively inexpensive and can save you a great deal of hassle. These sit on the bottom of the oven, catching any spills or overflows, which can then be easily removed and cleaned separately. 

3. Use a homemade vinegar solution: 

  1. Spray the inside of the oven with a mixture of water and vinegar.
  2. Turn the oven on low heat for about 20 minutes.
  3. Let the oven cool, then wipe away grime and residue with a damp cloth or sponge.
Extra tip: For stubborn burnt-on food, create a paste of baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar, apply it to the problem area, and leave it for a few hours (or overnight for even better results). Wipe it off using a soft cloth the next day!

Make sure to remember the door! The oven door is often overlooked when it comes time to clean the oven, but it can become as dirty as the inside if neglected.

In the end, the goal is to make sure that your oven maintains its gleaming, clean state for as long as possible. You'll notice the difference as your oven heats more evenly and your food cooks more efficiently.

Cleaning Your Microwave: Quick and Easy Methods

Wall mounted microwave often gets forgotten in a cleaning regime
Wall mounted microwave often gets forgotten in a cleaning regime

Few appliances present as much of a challenge to clean as your microwave. The extremely quick and efficient manner with which it heats food makes it an essential kitchen aid.

However, it often leads to accidental spills, splashes, and explosions of food inside, leaving it desperately in need of a good scrub. 

But don't worry! You don't need to spend ages scrubbing and scraping to keep your microwave spotless. Here are some quick and easy methods to help you out. 

  • Lemon steam method: Cut a lemon in half and place both halves cut-side down on a microwave-safe plate with a tablespoon of water. Heat for about one minute, or until the lemon is hot and the inside of the microwave is steamy. Then, simply wipe the interior with a clean cloth.
  • Vinegar solution: Combine one part vinegar to two parts water in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until boiling. The steam from this solution will help loosen grime, making it easier to wipe away.
  • Baking soda paste: For stubborn spots, make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water. Apply this to the inside of the microwave and leave for five minutes before wiping away.

Remember, the secret to maintaining a clean microwave is regular cleaning. No matter how dreaded the chore may seem, it's far more manageable if done frequently. Try to wipe down the inside after each use to avoid the build-up of food and grime. 

A clean microwave isn’t just an aesthetic goal, it’s a health and safety one too – a less dirty microwave means fewer bacteria and a reduced risk of fire due to grease build-up.

With these simple yet effective tips, you'll have a safe, clean and happy kitchen in no time!

Cleaning Your Refrigerator Inside and Out

Keeping your refrigerator or freezer clean and tidy also saves money by keeping it efficient to run!
Keeping your refrigerator or freezer clean and tidy also saves money by keeping it efficient to run!

All right then, let's tackle the behemoth of the kitchen: your refrigerator. It's bigger, it's colder, and it's typically bursting at the seams with foodstuff.

With all that goes on inside your fridge, it's no wonder it can get a bit grungy over time. But fear not—with these simple tricks, you'll have your refrigerator sparkling in no time. 

Begin by emptying everything from your fridge. Yes, everything. This gives you a clear, unobstructed view of the work ahead. It would be best to have a cooler on hand to keep perishables cold while you work your magic. 

  1. Start with a thorough wipe-down: Remove shelves and drawers - they'll need a good soak. It's important here to use a mild detergent or baking soda solution (one tablespoon of baking soda to a litre of warm water will do nicely). Avoid using harsh chemicals that could potentially contaminate your food.
  2. Reach every corner: Using a toothbrush or a long-handled scrubbing brush, scrub all the corners and seals of the refrigerator. These are the places where grime likes to hide, and we're all about comprehensive cleaning here, aren't we?
  3. Remember the outside: Who says the outside couldn't do with a little love? Wipe the exterior with a soft, damp cloth. Remember to clean the top of the refrigerator, too. It's a place often overlooked and can accumulate dust.

Now, what about those pesky odours sometimes lingering around the vegetable crisper? Simple. All you need is a bit of vanilla extract.

Dampen a cotton ball or small sponge with vanilla, place it in a saucer and put it in the refrigerator. This will neutralize odours while also giving your fridge a delightful, fresh scent. 

If your refrigerator has an accessible condenser coil (typically found at the back or underneath), you've got an additional step to ensure optimum performance.

Using a brush or vacuum, clean the coil to remove dust and dirt. This not only helps with efficiency but can even prolong the lifespan of your appliance. 

Put back all your foodstuff, with a keen mind to arrange items strategically. Frequently-used items in front, perishables in the cold spots, and voilà! There you have it, a clean, fresh, and efficient refrigerator. 

Remember, a clean refrigerator means safer, fresher food. Cleaning your refrigerator isn't the most glamorous task, but with these easy steps and a bit of elbow grease, you could make an otherwise daunting task unbelievably manageable.

Maintaining a Shiny Dishwasher: Step-by-Step Guide

Using a dishwasher deep cleaner once a month will keep it smell free and make it shine.
Using a dishwasher deep cleaner once a month will keep it smell free and make it shine.

The dishwasher, one of the most seasoned champions in your kitchen, requires a consistent maintenance regimen to ensure its longevity.

Beyond just cleaning your dishes, you need to care for the machine itself. Here's a simple, step-by-step guide to keep your dishwasher gleaming and running smoothly. 

Step 1: Clear the Dishwasher Filter 

Begin with removing and cleaning the filter to rid it of any lodged food particles. You should be able to find the filter at the base of your dishwasher. Gently pull it out and rinse meticulously under warm water. Using a soft scrub brush will help break away stubborn grime. 

Step 2: Sprinkle Baking Soda 

Following this, cover the base of the dishwasher with a layer of baking soda. Close the dishwasher door and let it sit overnight. Baking soda is great for odour absorption and will make your machine smell fresh. 

Step 3: Run a Vinegar Cycle 

Come the next morning, place a dishwasher-safe bowl filled with white vinegar on the top rack and run your machine through a cycle at the highest heat. Vinegar, with its acid properties, will break down any residual grime or grease and clean tricky, hard-to-reach areas. 

Step 4: Run a Rinse Cycle 

After the vinegar cycle completes, sprinkle a little more baking soda on the bottom and run a short, hot water cycle to polish off your cleaning routine. Your dishwasher should now be gleaming and odour-free! 

Remember, proper maintenance of your appliances not just increases their lifespan but also drastically improves their efficiency. A clean dishwasher, for instance, will always ensure all your dishes come out spotless.

So, schedule regular cleanings and enjoy a hassle-free, lustrous kitchen.

Tips for Sparkling Clean Stainless Steel Appliances, Pots & Pans

gray stainless steel cookwares in kitchen

Stainless steel appliances add a sleek, modern touch to any kitchen, but they also require special care to maintain their shine. Here are some quick, easy DIY tips for cleaning your stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Remember, though, that cleaning is only half the battle – you'll also need to commit to regular maintenance to keep your appliances in tip-top condition. 

Tip 1: Always clean in the direction of the grain. Much like wood, stainless steel has subtle striations running in one direction. Cleaning in the direction of these lines can help preserve the appliance's natural beauty. On the other hand, going against the grain can cause unsightly scratches. 

Tip 2: Regular, light cleaning can go a long way. By wiping your stainless steel appliances with a damp cloth each day, you can prevent the build-up of dirt, grime, and fingerprints, making deeper cleans less necessary.

Tip 3: After cleaning, ensure you dry the surface thoroughly. Water spots or mineral deposits can leave unsightly marks on stainless steel. After you've cleaned the appliance, always rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, soft towel to prevent these marks from forming.

Please note: Harsh cleaning agents can cause discolouration or damage to stainless steel. Always ensure you're using a product specifically designed for use with stainless steel, such as mild dish soap or baking soda.

In conclusion, with the right approach, a bit of elbow grease, and a commitment to regular maintenance, you can easily keep your stainless steel appliances gleaming.

As they say, your kitchen appliances don't just make meals, they make a statement, so keep yours looking fabulous with these simple DIY cleaning tips.

Removing Limescale from Your Kettle or Coffee Maker

stainless steel kettle on brown wooden table

It's morning, you're snoozing on your alarm and can't wait to give yourself a caffeine punch. Imagine the horror when your kettle or coffee maker, clogged with limescale, gives you a chilling start.

Limescale, a hard, chalky deposit of calcium carbonate, can be a bothersome adversary, but it doesn't have to spoil your day. And we're here to help you win this fight. 

First, let's look at kettles. White vinegar is very effective. After heating vinegar in the kettle, leave it for about an hour. Then, rinse the kettle thoroughly, and you'll have a shining, descaled kettle ready for your next tea time.

Don't worry - the slight smell of vinegar will disappear soon. 

To descale a coffee maker, the vinegar solution comes to your rescue again. But different models may require slightly different methods. A vinegar-water mix usually proves optimal.

Run the solution throughout the entire machine, and then rinse with clean water.

Do not forget to check your manufacturer's instructions, as some models may require specific cleaning agents to avoid damage. 

Apart from vinegar, there are also commercial descaling solutions, and in a pinch, citric acid or lemon juice can work as well. The latter options might take a bit more time, but they'll add a delightful citrusy note to your cleaning session. 

  • Heat the vinegar in the kettle.

  • Leave it for about an hour.

  • Rinse the kettle thoroughly.

With these tips and a little time on your hands, you can easily return your kettle or coffee maker to its peak performance.

It not only assures you of a cupful of wakeup call each morning but also extends the lifecycle of your appliances. So, get to descaling, and keep that morning brew pure and flavourful!

Cleaning Your Blender and Food Processor: A Step-by-Step Approach

black and gray blender

It's no secret that the blender and food processor can be a bit of a hassle to clean. But, don't fret! With these easy-to-follow steps, cleaning these appliances can become a simple part of your cleaning routine. 


  • First, rinse out your blender to remove any smoothie or soup leftovers. This makes the cleaning process easier and more effective.
  • Next, fill your blender halfway with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap.
  • Run the blender on a low speed for about a minute to allow the soap and water to reach all areas.
  • After this, rinse thoroughly and leave the blender parts to air dry.


The magic of this method lies in its straightforwardness. It's efficient and saves time too. 

Food Processor: 

  1. Begin by dismantling your food processor. This includes removing the blade, bowl, and lid.
  2. Give the parts a quick rinse to remove any loose food particles.
  3. Next, clean the blade by hand using warm soapy water, taking care to avoid any accidental cuts from the sharp edges.
  4. Clean the bowl, lid and other removable parts in warm soapy water. If there are stubborn bits stuck, you can use a small brush to clean those spots.
  5. Finally, make sure all parts are completely dry before you reassemble the unit to avoid water spots and potential rust.

Remember, never immerse the motor base of either appliance in water. Instead, clean it with a damp cloth and make sure it's always dry before using.

The steps might seem a bit tedious but they ensure that your appliances are thoroughly clean and ready for your next culinary adventure.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions for a Chemical-Free Kitchen

If you're keen on keeping both your kitchen and the environment clean, you'll love these eco-friendly cleaning methods. Natural ingredients, often already in your pantry, make excellent cleaning solutions without the harsh chemicals. 

Baking Soda: A versatile cleaner, baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces and remove stains. Scatter it on your cutting boards, countertops, and even inside your oven. Sprinkle some on a damp sponge or cloth and get scrubbing! 

Vinegar: Vinegar is an all-purpose cleaner. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle for an effective solution to wipe down appliances. Vinegar also acts as a natural deodoriser, so spritz it inside your fridge to keep it smelling fresh. 

Lemon: The acidity in lemons makes them a great natural cleaner. Plus, they leave a lovely scent! Rub a halved lemon on your chopping boards to refresh them. You can also mix lemon juice with vinegar for a tough, natural cleaning solution. 

Why not mix and match these ingredients to suit your cleaning needs? Here are a few recipes to try: 

  1. Baking soda and vinegar mix: Sprinkle baking soda on the area needing cleaning, then spray vinegar on top. Let it fizz and then scrub away.
  2. Baking soda and lemon paste: Mix equal parts baking soda and lemon juice to make a paste. Apply to stains and scrub.
  3. Vinegar and lemon solution: Mix equal parts vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle. Use as a general kitchen cleaner.

Remember, always test a small, unnoticeable area first before using any cleaners, homemade or otherwise.

It's easy to forget to clean, but even easier when your cleaning products are homemade, safe and smell good!

An eco-friendly kitchen not only helps the environment but keeps your living space toxin-free and leaves your kitchen sparkling clean. 

Avoiding Common Mistakes: Expert Tips for Cleaning Appliances

Frequently, many cleaning attempts can inadvertently harm your kitchen appliances. Such damage often results from common mistakes and misconceptions about cleaning practices. However, with the right know-how, you can easily avoid these pitfalls. 

Overuse of Chemical Cleaners 

First and foremost, it's important to realise that using too much chemical cleaner can not only tarnish your appliances but can also pose potential health hazards.

Excess chemicals could remain on the surfaces of your appliances, contaminating your food over time. Instead, try using just enough cleaner to remove stains and dirt, and always remember to rinse thoroughly after. 

Using the Wrong Cleaning Tools 

Secondly, using the wrong cleaning tools can be problematic. Abrasive scrubbers, for instance, can leave unsightly scratches on your appliances. Always opt for soft cloths or sponges instead and save the hard scrubbers for the toughest, most unwelcome stains. 

Not Cleaning Regularly 

Failure to regularly clean your appliances also invites damage. Leftover bits of food and grease not only smell but can become tough to remove over time.

They can also attract pests (some of which may nibble on important appliance parts). Keeping a routine cleaning schedule ensures a spotless, sparkling kitchen. 

Neglecting Small Parts 

Lastly, it's easy to overlook small parts of your appliances, like dials, buttons or seals. But just because they're out of sight doesn't mean you should ignore them.

These areas can harbour a surprising amount of dirt and grime, so make sure you give them the thorough scrubbing they deserve. 

By avoiding these common mistakes, you not only prolong the life of your appliances but also maintain a healthier and more pleasant kitchen environment. So, let's not underestimate the power of an expert clean!

Tips for Cleaning Hard-to-Reach Areas in Your Appliances

Keeping a clean kitchen isn't just about the visible surfaces; those hard-to-reach areas in your appliances also need some attention.

You might dread the thought of tackling those tight corners and crevices, but worry not! We've got some fantastic tips that'll make the task considerably less daunting. 

Firstly, you'll want to gather a few basic tools to help in your task: 

  • A skinny, long-handled brush for efficient reach
  • Microfibre cloths to dab, wipe, and clean
  • Flexible cleaning brushes to adjust to different angles
  • A steam cleaner for a thorough cleanse

Pay close attention to the areas around knobs and handles on appliances like the oven or fridge, as these spots often collect grime. A microfibre cloth with some warm soapy water should do the trick. 

For those unreachable spots behind your appliances, consider investing in a slim, flexible duster. It doesn't just get the job done but elevates the lifespan and efficiency of your appliance. 

Do you have a toaster harbouring chunks of burnt bread in its corners? Turn it upside down and gently shake to dislodge any loose bits. Follow it up with a cleaning brush for a more detailed clean. 

Creeping beneath your fridge can reveal a build-up of dust and debris on the refrigerator coils. A vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment should take care of it, improving your fridge’s efficiency in the process. 

Crumbs in your microwave? No problem. Remove the microwave's rotating plate and wash it separately. The interior can be cleaned with a microfiber cloth and a mild cleaning solution. 

It's crucial to unplug any electrical appliance before cleaning to avoid accidents. Embrace these tips, and you'll no longer shy away from those hard-to-reach spaces.

Remember, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference in maintaining a spotless kitchen. 

To wrap it all up

Cleaning your kitchen appliances might look like a daunting task initially, but with the right tips and techniques, even the grimmest of jobs turn out to be manageable and satisfying.

Refreshing your kitchen by maintaining your appliances adds to the overall environment and extends their lifespan.

Your effort will transform your kitchen into a cleaner, safer, and more efficient place where you and your loved ones can cook and spend quality time together. 

Innovation starts in a tidy environment. By using eco-friendly cleaning solutions and avoiding common mistakes, you can greatly preserve both your appliances and the environment.

Check out the other kitchen cleaning articles in this series, Best Easy DIY Cleaning Tips for Kitchen Cabinets and Best Easy DIY Cleaning Tips for Kitchen Worktops.

So, flex those muscles, put on your apron, and let your kitchen shine with pride! Happy cleaning!

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Ardene Stoneman 29 October, 2023
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