Caring for home appliances regardless the size is a must. Everyone works hard to cleaning things in the kitchen to make sure that food that’s consumed would be safe and clean. The longer stains and dirt linger on appliances, the higher the risk that there are bacteria growing that might infect plates and food we prepare. In this article, we will talk about how to clean small appliances specifically because these are items we tend to overlook when cleaning in the kitchen.
Don’t use abrasive products
Just because the appliance is small does not mean that it is resistant to scratches. Be careful not to use heavy duty scrub pads, razor blades, and anything that is made of steel. Instead, using a microfiber cloth sprayed with soapy water or nylon brushes will be enough to give it a good clean in and out.
As an alternative, you can also spritz a half-water half-vinegar solution or baking soda to disinfect and to take out foul smell inside and disinfect the appliance. For example, to wash the blender, use lukewarm and soap water and then pour the said solution inside. Run the blender to remove any residue that is stuck.
Clean small appliances frequently
Buying more affordable electrical appliances in the Philippines does not mean that it’s alright to let them be dirty and stinky for a long time. Appliances are still considered good investments in a home. To lengthen the life span of the small appliance, consider cleaning it at least once in a month.
If possible, the best frequency is every time you use it and periodically between uses. For hidden areas, a toothpick can be used to loosen the dirt. This will also ultimately help in avoiding the buildup of residue and bad odors that tend to spread not only in the kitchen but also in the entire house.
Don’t submerge the electrical kitchen appliances under water
It might be common sense that electrical appliances have power outage and thus should not be put in water. Be extra careful to ensure that the base does not get in contact with water or too much moisture. Also, it helps to check if the appliance is unplugged prior and during cleaning. A soft cloth is all you need to wipe the surface clean.
Dampening the cloth with a mild dishwashing liquid may be sometimes necessary. An important reminder is that if the appliance is made out of metal, the unit must be completely cool before you can start to clean. Any high temperature change can possibly cause the metal to warp.
Wipe them dry
After all the cleaning is done, don’t leave the appliances hanging with a bubbly mess. Any liquid, food spills or drips that have been left sitting might leave lime scale deposits, and this can be unhealthy and unappealing for the next use. Especially for small kitchen appliances such as the kettle or coffee maker, you will need to rinse the interior and wipe it 100% dry.
While most small kitchen appliances like waffle irons, bread toasters, juice blender, and stand mixer take only a few minutes to clean, they still require some work. Pay attention to the minute details and remnants of food that may contaminate your next meal. As long as you handle maintenance well by properly cleaning these machines, they will serve as good investments that you can keep for a long time. When in doubt, it will be best to consult the user’s manual or ask the manufacturing company to learn how it’s best to clean the small kitchen appliance.