Sunday, October 2, 2011

{31 Days to a Functional Kitchen} Day 2: Cleaning Behind/Under Appliances

If I have learned anything in recent months, maintaining our major appliance is so important.  In the past several of months we have replaced our washing machine and replaced the fan in our refridgerator.  I am not certain that cleaning would have helped the fate of my machines, however it can play a big part in the health of your appliances.

Today I took a few extra minutes while doing my floor and pulled out the appliances to clean under and behind them.  It is amazing the number of dust bunnies, crumbs and other "things" you might find under there!  Yuck (And please don't judge, it had been a year! Yikes!) 

For the longest time, cleaning under my appliances seemed like such a daunting task. I was sure that I would not be able to get it moved out without breaking it. But guess what, they have wheels and actually glide out quite easily. 

1.  Grab a broom and vaccuum and get to work! Sweep up the big stuff and vacuum up the small stuff.

2.  Fill your sink with some hot soapy water.  Grab a soft cloth or sponge and wipe down the walls, cabinets and the sides of the appliances.  I added a cup of vinegar to my water to help cut the grease.  In a few spots I used a magic eraser to get the stubborn, sticky stuff to come off.


3.  Now, clean the back of your appliances.  Use your vacuum cleaner hose attachment to clean any dust that has accumulated on the back of the appliances.  I also grabbed a can of compressed air and blew off the coils and elements.  I followed that up with another quick vaccuum and then wiped it down with a damp cloth.

Dust Off XL 10oz. Duster with Bitterent 3-Pack DPSXL3

4.  Next, grab a mop or rag and clean the floor.  I had a few stubborn spots that required a little extra muscle but overall, it wasn't so bad.  NOTE:  The more often you do this, the easier it is, trust me!

5.  Push the appliances back.  Remember, they are on wheels so this isn't too difficult.  The most difficult part is to make sure that you line them up to go in to the tight space.  Also, be sure to leave a little breathing space against the wall so that air can circulate and vent properly.

Cleaning under and behind your major appliances is key to their long-term health and the safety within your kitchen.  Crumbs and dust can cause a fire.  Dust, dirt and grime on your refridgerator coils can cause the motor to overheat or not cool properly.
Assignment:  Grab your supplies, pull out your stove & fridge and get cleaning. When you are done, mark your calendar to do this monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly at the minimum.


  1. You are a brave woman to get behind there! Our appliances are old--and not on wheels (well the stove isn't)--we pulled ours out and cleaned last Spring.

  2. Awesome! I have never done this myself but it looks so do-able. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am very good about cleaning behind my stove for some reason. I pull it out *almost* every week and vacuum. The fridge on the other hand...I am horrified every time I pull it out...eek! Thanks for sharing your tips! I can't wait for the rest. I am posting about "31 Days to a Peaceful Home". I would love to swap buttons if you are interested. I have been posting "suggested 31 Day participants to follow" at the end of some of my posts. Let me know if you would like to swap. I'm your newest follower too!

  4. Well done! This is one heck of a project! Thank you so much for linking it up to Savvy HomeMade Monday!


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