Household appliances care does not have to be burdensome, especially if we can make it easier and well organized. It is best to use warm water with baking soda for washing refrigerators and freezers. The use of dishwashing liquid for this purpose may cause the inside of the refrigerator, and later also the food, to become soaked with the smell of this liquid, which is certainly not advisable in the case of food products.
If you already use a little washing-up liquid, you should then thoroughly rinse the inside of the refrigerator with only water and dry – for example with a paper towel. On the other hand, it is worth putting an old terry towel on the bottom of the refrigerator – then the water that drips from the walls of the refrigerator during defrosting or washing will flow onto this towel, which can be easily squeezed out of the water over the sink. This avoids water dripping onto the floor. It is also worth placing a baking tray or a plastic rectangular tray on the floor, into which water from the defrosted freezer can flow.
Defrosting the refrigerator and freezer can be accelerated by using a hair dryer, but the stream of warm air should be kept at a safe distance from the plastic of its walls. The partitions in it are often made of plastics and could be deformed under the influence of heat.
Baking soda will be useful not only for washing the refrigerator. You can clean the oven with a damp cloth soaked in baking soda – preferably while it is still warm. On the other hand, the glazed oven door is best cleaned when it has cooled down. You can use detergent for this. Always remove any leftovers from the bottom of the oven.
The inside of the microwave oven can be washed with warm water and lemon juice or vinegar. There is another method: add a few lemon wedges or lemon juice to a bowl of water and heat it for 5 minutes at the highest temperature. You can also use baking soda: dissolve 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in a glass of water and heat for 5 minutes. Then wipe the inside of the oven with a paper towel. The turntable on the stove can be washed in warm water with a little washing-up liquid.
Microwave ovens should not be cleaned with a harsh washcloth. It is also not recommended to use ready-made washing powders and milks for this purpose, because their chemical smell would penetrate the dishes heated in it.
Both vinegar and baking soda can also be successfully used to clean the inside of the washing machine. It is enough to add 100-200 ml of spirit vinegar or baking soda to the wash. This way you will get rid of not only the unpleasant smell in the washing machine, but also limescale. In addition, the colors of the washed items will come to life. The vinegar can be poured directly into the drum or into the container where the rinse aid is poured. Pouring it into the powder container is just as effective. Contrary to appearances, vinegar does not cause an unpleasant smell in fabrics after washing them. On the contrary – washed clothes smell pleasant to the nostrils with freshness. However, if you are concerned about the smell of vinegar, you can use the following mixture for washing: half a glass of vinegar, a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. In this way, a natural, fragrant rinse will be created, which is worth using at least from time to time instead of a chemical from the store.
You should also check the filters of the washing machine. They can contain threads, hair, buttons, coins and many other small things that block the flow of water and cause unpleasant odors over time.
Always leave the door of the washing machine open after use. They can be washed in warm water with the addition of vinegar or washing-up liquid.
The vinegar will also help us clean the electric kettle. It is enough to boil water with vinegar, pour it after cooling, wash the kettle inside and out, rinse the kettle a few times with only water and the device is almost like new. Citric acid can be used instead of vinegar – one sachet or even half the package is enough. Of course, after boiling it and cooling it a little, you have to pour out the water, removing the scale at the same time. Then wash the vessel and rinse it several times under running water.
To sum up: soda, vinegar, lemon and citric acid – these are perfect and natural household cleaning products. They are cheap, effective and, in addition, ecological. They help to keep household appliances, dishes, sinks and even faucets and showers clean. You can also buy ready-made detergents for cleaning washing machines, dishwashers or other devices, but from time to time it is worth trying to use natural ones. You should also take into account the information contained in the instructions for use of individual household appliances, as the manufacturer gives clear instructions on their maintenance.
Certainly, food processing equipment – mixers, grinders, shakers, blenders, juicers and all kinds of food processors, should be washed immediately after use, because dried food remains are very difficult to remove, and scraping them vigorously could damage the material.
You should also take care of the dishwasher so that it can serve us as long as possible. Before placing dirty dishes in it, remove any food residues from them, and if they are heavily soiled, you can rinse them or wipe them with a paper towel. When cleaning the inside of the dishwasher, pay special attention to its door. Cleaning agents should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. You should also remember to use special water softeners.
When using any household appliance, take care not to allow it to overheat. However, when cleaning them, they must be disconnected from the power supply. All plugs and cables should be regularly checked for damage and repaired as necessary. All household appliances should be grounded, especially washing machine, dishwasher, electric stove and refrigerator. It is not only their cleanliness and efficiency that is important, but also safety of use.