Nowadays, with the revolution of technology, we can live a comfortable life with great help of machines and robots that can carry most of hard works for us. The presence of technology inventions and automation has become a vital part of human lives and has involved in pretty much all of aspects of our daily activities even cooking. We have refrigerator for food storage and preservation, oven for baking, dishwasher for dish cleaning, ect,. However, there is one thing that requires manual work that is cleaning. Since these machines are complex and expensive, it is difficult to clean them properly without causing any accidental damage for the machines. This article then will provide you some guidelines and tips for cleaning kitchen machines that not only keep the machine shining but help lengthen machine duration.
- Step 1 – Take a Look at the Drain: Before starting your cleaning, make sure to remove any hard objects that can plug the drain. Even small piece of crab shells can cause damage to the pump or scratching your dishes during the washing process. To prevent such damage, you should pre-wash your dishes to wash out all the hard chunks before putting them into dishwasher.
- Step 2 – Use Vinegar: The trick is to put a dishwasher-safe cup of plain white vinegar in the top rack of the machine. Then, setting the mode to hottest water and letting the dishwasher run through a cycle. The purpose of this is to eliminate any loose, greasy grim and bad odor out of the dishwasher.
- Step 3 – Use Baking Soda: After finishing the a cycle with vinegar, you then sprinkle baking soda around the bottom of the machine to remove any stains left as well as further deodorize your dishwasher. Let the machine run through another short cycle with hottest water and we turn into next step.
- Step 4 – Using Bleach (Optional): Do not apply this step if your dishwasher has stainless steel parts. We apply ½ – 1 cup of bleach at the bottom of the machine to solve mold and mildew problems and run a short cycle again.
By applying those steps, your dishwasher can look and smell as new. The process is simple and time-saving as you can do other tasks between cycles. However, cleaning is not enough to keep your dishwasher functioning well. Below are few tips for you in dishwasher maintenance:
- Remove all the left-over from your dishes before putting them into dishwasher. This helps the machine run effectively without damaging the drain and filter.
- Preheat water before starting washing cycle. For thorough sanitation, the temperature must reach 50oC (120oF). Cooler water may not provide effective cleaning and too hot water can scald someone.
- Hard water can be difficult to clean the dishes properly. Add some water softening salt may be helpful.
- Don’t load too much dishes at one cycle. The water may not reach the dishes if you stack too much things into dishwasher. This also can reduce machine duration in the long term. After the washing cycle finishes, you should leave the door open to remove humidity and cool down the dishes before taking them out.
If your oven starts to produce strange smoke, it is the time for cleaning. The cleaning process for oven should not involve excessive physical effort or strong chemical cleaning products. Since the oven is cooking machine that directly involve in cooking process, any cleaning chemical left can poison your food later and badly affect your health. Therefore, we would like to introduce a cleaning method using natural ingredients: baking soda and vinegar.
- Step 1 – Remove the Oven Racks: Remove all the racks inside the oven and set aside for cleaning later.
- Step 2 – Coat your Oven with Baking Soda Paste: The recipe is the mixture of ½ cup of baking soda and few tablespoons of water. The ratio can be adjusted to have desired texture, not too thick or too light. Due to the size of the oven, you definitely can use more baking soda in order to entirely spread on oven with the paste. You should use gloves in order to apply the paste in the narrowest spots of the oven. The baking soda will turn chunkier and brownish as you rub it. You should pay more attention to some greasy areas and apply double if necessary.
- Step 3 – Wipe Out your Oven: After finished coating your oven, let the baking soda paste sits overnight (or at least 12 hours) for it to do their magic. After 12 hours, use a cloth and wipe out dried baking soda paste in the oven. You can use a plastic or silicone spatula for some hard-to-reach areas.
- Step 4 – Use Some Vinegar: The next step is to spray some vinegar in the oven to resolve any residual baking soda in your oven. The baking soda will foam up when it meets vinegar. Take another cloth and perform entire cleaning for the oven. You can add some water to make the cleaning easier and provide the shiny clean look for your oven. The final stage is to put oven racks that are cleaned back into the oven and we are done.
The easiest way to clean a microwave oven is putting a full bowl of water or handful or wet paper towels into the microwave and run it in the full power mode for 3-5 minutes. The steam will soften the grime and stain inside the microwave. Then all you have to do is entirely wipe over the machine with multi-purpose cleaner and you are good to go. To deodorize bad odor, add some lemon juice into water bowl and let it stand in the microwave for 3-5 minutes in the high mode.
Or you can use the cleaning method for oven above for your microwave. Just let the paste sits for 30 minutes instead of 12 hours for oven and the result can be very satisfied.
You should check the food expire date and start to empty the fridge a week before the cleaning day. After taking out all the food, remove all the chunks, spillages or debris from the refrigerator. Turn off the fridge for power saving during the cleaning process. Then, you take out all the shelves and drawers; wash them with warm, soapy water and set them aside for drying.
Use multi-purpose cleaner and spay over the fridge. Let the cleaning liquid sits in the fridge for few minutes and then wipe down thorough all parts of the machine. Then use water to remove the chemical for safety purpose. Make sure you wipe them entirely before turn on your fridge and put your food back again. To eliminate bad smell, add some lemon juice in the water. Finally, remember to clean the fridge exterior for the finish touch.