Clean Your Small Kitchen Appliances

Small appliances

At the very least, the dried food spatters on and in your small kitchen appliances detract from the beauty of your counterscape. Those crusty, hardened blobs of erstwhile edibles are also a playground for germs. So shine 'em up.

Time — 1 hour
Difficulty — Easy
Expertise — None
Frequency — As needed

Toaster and Toaster Oven

  1. Unplug the toaster and toaster oven, remove the crumb tray and shake the crumbs into the garbage. Wash and dry the tray, and then set it aside.
  2. Remove the racks from the toaster oven and scrub off baked-on gunk. If you can't get everything off, soak them in hot soapy water for about an hour and try again.
  3. Wipe the inside of the toaster oven with a damp sponge or cloth dipped in a solution of dishwashing liquid. Scrap off food stuck to the side with a small plastic spatula or other tool that won't scratch the metal. Wipe with a clean damp cloth to remove soap residue. Replace the crumb tray.
  4. For a regular toaster, turn it upside down over the garbage can and shake gently to remove more crumbs. Brush the elements with a damp pastry brush. Reinstall the crumb tray.
  5. Wipe the outside with a damp soapy sponge or cloth, and then wipe off soap residue with a clean damp cloth. Use an old toothbrush to get into tight places.

Electric Can Opener

  1. Unplug the can opener, remove the blade and soak it in hot soapy water to loosen the grime. Then scrub it with a wet toothbrush dipped in baking soda. Rinse and thoroughly dry.
  2. Wipe the outside with a damp soapy sponge or cloth, and then wipe off soap residue with a clean damp cloth. Dry and reinstall the blade.

Mixer, Food Processor, Mini-chopper and Blender

  1. Unplug the appliances. Soak the blade, bowl, lid, plunger and any other removable parts in hot soapy water. Scrub them clean and then rinse them. Dry thoroughly.
  2. Wipe the outside with a damp soapy sponge or cloth, and then wipe off soap residue with a clean damp cloth. Dry thoroughly and reassemble.

Coffeemaker

  1. Remove the filter and the pot. Soak them in hot, soapy water and scrub them clean. Rinse and then put them back in place.
  2. To remove mineral deposits from the water chamber, pour two cups of water and two cups of distilled white vinegar into the water chamber. Start the brewing cycle, turn it off after a few minutes and wait about and hour before turning it back on to finish the brewing cycle.
  3. To rinse thoroughly, run one or two brewing cycles with plain water.
  4. Wipe the outside with a damp soapy sponge or cloth, and then wipe off soap residue with a clean damp cloth. Dry thoroughly and reassemble.

Microwave

  1. Remove the turntable from the microwave and soak it in hot soapy water.
  2. Put lemon juice or a few slices of lemon into a microwave-safe mug of water and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Wait 3 more minutes for the steam to loosen the dried remains of all those meals that you didn't have time to cook in the oven.
  3. Wipe the interior walls with a sponge or cloth soaked in hot, soapy water. Use a toothbrush to scrub the wheels that rotate the turntable. Rinse with a clean damp cloth and reinstall the turntable.
  4. Wipe the outside with a damp sponge, or use a spray cleaner appropriate for your machine. Use a cotton swab to clean the fan grill. Dry with a clean cloth.
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