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!)
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.
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.