Hello, everyone! Since we’re hoping that you’ve been Spring Cleaning for a while now, taking care of the big jobs, this time we encourage you to think small! We’re talking about those small appliances in your kitchen that may sometimes get overlooked. Every once in a while, they need a thorough once-over too. Each one takes mere minutes, yet the payoff is big when you’re all done. So let’s get started!
As with any electric appliance, unplug your toaster or toaster oven and let it cool down before cleaning. First, remove the crumb tray and shake it over the sink or a dustbin, then wipe it clean. For a regular toaster, you’ll then want to use a damp cleaning toothbrush to scrub the coils clean (you can’t rinse them, so water is all that’s needed). If your toaster is stainless steel, or if you have a toaster oven, make a paste of cream of tartar and water and apply to the outside. The paste also works on all the parts of a toaster oven—the racks, the crumb trays, the interior, and exterior. Rinse those parts that are removable in the sink; for the interior and exterior, simply use a damp cloth to clean and remove all traces. Buff dry, and give it a bit of time to dry off completely for an excellent shine before resuming your toasting.
Each and every one of us uses the kettle on a near daily basis for anything from heating up porridge, to filling hot water bottles, and of course, for making warm beverages like tea and coffee. In the most famous nation of tea-drinkers – the UK – 120 million cups of tea are consumed every single day! Imagine the amount of grime accumulating in all those kettles! It is safe to say that everyone could benefit from learning how to clean a kettle and tackling limescale build-up that can be problematic. Here are a few pointers for how to get your kettle’s insides sparkling like new.
Fill the kettle with an equal part solution of water and household vinegar and let this soak for an hour.
Once the hour is up, just boil the kettle.
Then, empty the kettle and rinse it thoroughly.
If you don’t have any vinegar to hand, try lemon juice! It not only does the same job as vinegar, it leaves the kettle smelling like lemon.
Complete your kettle clean by wiping down the outside of the kettle with a general-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth. Then dry with microfibre cloth for that extra shine! As you can see, cleaning a kettle can really be quite pain-free!
This is one of our favourite appliances to clean because it’s just so easy— We like to get the microwave to participate in its own cleaning. And, hint! You can get it started with part 1, then go on to your next appliance while you wait for the microwave to finish doing its thing. Lazy efficiency for the win!
Start by filling a bowl halfway with water, then cutting a lemon in half and juicing it into the water. Add the lemon halves to the bowl, then microwave the bowl on high for 5 minutes. Once it beeps, let it sit for a minute; then carefully remove the bowl (it will be crazy hot) and use a dampened microfiber cloth to wipe down the top, sides, door, and bottom of the interior. Give the rotating plate a wash in the sink, and use the lemon water on the cloth to wipe down the exterior and buttons.
The Coffee Maker
It hardly needs to be cleaned, since it’s only water that passes through these bad boys, right? Wrong! The heat and moisture in coffee makers makes them ideal Petri dishes, so every once in a while, you’ll want to freshen everything up. But again, it’s easy to make the machine do its own cleaning: Fill the carafe with white vinegar, then run a brew cycle. Dump the contents, then run two more brew cycles with plain water before you use it to make coffee again. Walla!