• Cleaning Countertop Appliances


    Convenient and easy to use, countertop appliances are used frequently throughout the day.  As a result, they also frequently need to be cleaned.  Fortunately, this doesn’t need to be a time-consuming chore.  Follow the steps below to get your cleaning countertop appliances in a flash.

    Modern new kitchen with expensive appliances

    Toaster Oven

    1. Unplug the oven and remove the crumb tray, rack, and any dirty pans. Spray them with an all-purpose cleaner.
    2. Using a nonabrasive sponge, scrub off any gunk.
    3. Rinse and let them air dry.
    4. To clean the oven itself, spray a sponge with more all-purpose cleaner. Use a plain sponge for nonstick interiors and a scrubber sponge for regular interiors.  Do not spray the oven directly, and avoid the heating elements inside.
    5. Wipe down the inside surfaces, the glass door, and the exterior.
    6. Rinse the sponge and wring out all the water.
    7. Go over those areas with the sponge again.
    8. Make sure the oven is dry before plugging it in.

    Microwave Stains:

    1. Heat a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl on High for 5 minutes. The steam should loosen up any messes inside so they are easy to clean.
    2. Remove the bowl and the turntable.
    3. Using a sponge, wipe down the turntable and inside the microwave.
    4. Wipe down the frame twice so the door closes tightly.
    5. Spray a cloth with all-purpose cleaner and wipe down the exterior.
    6. Rinse and let air dry.

    Unclog the Coffeemaker:

    1. Fill the chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water.
    2. Put a paper filter in the empty basket and put the empty carafe in place.
    3. Let it brew halfway.
    4. Turn the coffeemaker off and let it sit for 30 minutes.
    5. Turn it back on and allow it to finish brewing.
    6. Dump the vinegar-water mixture.
    7. Put in a new paper filter and brew a full pot of water. Do this twice to fully rinse the machine.

    Clean the Coffeemaker Carafe:

    1. Fill it with warm, sudsy water.
    2. Add some rice.
    3. Swirl the water and rice inside the pot.
    4. Empty the pot and clean it with a scrubber sponge.