Although most kitchen appliances are incredibly handy, they can be a pain to clean. But there are relatively simple ways to keep those small gadgets shining and in tiptop shape. Here are some handy ways to clean your kitchen appliances.
This small appliance can get particularly yucky. The blender jar is easy to clean. Just fill it with warm, soapy water and give it a spin on high for a few seconds. Give it a good rinse and let it dry. Wash the blades carefully by hand. Putting this part of the blender into your dishwasher will just dull the blades. Using glass cleaner on the blades and trim does a good job, or use baking soda and water, which is particularly good for plastic bases.
For those who still use drip type coffeemakers, simply change the filter, wash out the pot with warm, soapy water, and wipe down the base with a clean cloth. To give your coffee a great taste, run a solution of white vinegar and fresh water through the coffeemaker every once in awhile to eliminate any buildup.
Electric Can Opener
Remember to unplug an electric can opener before cleaning it. The best thing to do is to wipe it off after each use. From time to time, you can remove the cutter and lid holder and wash them in warm water with dish soap. Caked on bits can be scrubbed off using a new toothbrush. Rinse everything off and let the parts air dry before reassembling them.
The inside of a microwave can get pretty grimy, but it doesn’t take much to clean. Add about four cups of water into a microwave safe bowl, add a chopped lemon, lime or orange and a couple tablespoons of white vinegar. Turn the machine on high and let the solution boil until the inside gets all steamy. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before you open the door. Remove the bowl and wipe out the inside.
That Crumby Toaster
Always clean a cool toaster, and unplug it before you begin. Wipe down the outside with disinfectant wipes or paper towels and glass cleaner. Take out the crumb tray and shake out any crumbs that may have amassed inside. You might want to use a soft brush to make sure all the crumbs are out of the unit. Wash the tray in warm, soapy water.