Category: Kitchen Appliance Maintenance

How to Clean Kitchen Appliances (Step by Step)

how to clean kitchen appliances

Cleaning a kitchen can be overwhelming. Sure, you have the floors and the countertops to contend with, but what about the appliances? These make up a huge part of your kitchen and, unfortunately, they take the brunt of almost everything you do in there. So, when it comes time to clean your kitchen, you are going to want to make sure you clean your appliances.

This entire process does not have to be a chore. In fact, it can be rather refreshing – get rid of the dirt and leave behind a beautiful shine. The end factor is always worth it.

To help you get started on this rewarding feat, we decided to break down kitchen appliance cleaning for you – step by step.

Clean the dishwasher (5 steps)

Your dishwasher is filled with your dirty, grimy leftover dishes, pots, and pans. You insert them into this machine on a daily basis. It is for this reason alone that you should want to clean your dishwasher.

Here’s how to clean the dishwasher:

  • Remove the racks from your dishwasher and set them aside.
  • Fill your detergent slot with white vinegar and run it on empty. This will help remove lime deposits and other build-ups.
  • Clean your fan slats to remove dust build-up.
  • Wipe down the inside walls with soap and water.
  • Wipe down the outside of the dishwasher with soap and water.

Cleaning the refrigerator (5 steps)

In and out and in and out. This is what happens with your refrigerator so often throughout the day. And even more often if you have a large family. This leads to spills, drips, fingerprints, and so forth in and on the appliance. A quick clean up will have it looking brand new in no time. And, it will remove odors and outdated food, leaving your refrigerator clean and organized.

  • Remove old leftovers and outdated food that is found in your refrigerator.
  • Pull everything else out of the refrigerator and set it aside.
  • Look for spills and leaks. Scrub those that you find with a combination of vinegar and water (or dish soap and water). These are both safe to use around food. Avoid using any chemical cleaners – especially those with strong scents.
  • Return all of the food to the refrigerator and organize it neatly.
  • Wipe down the outside of the refrigerator with dish soap and warm water. Be sure to get the handles of the door as this area tends to see a lot of dirt and germs.

When you are finished, consider carefully pulling out your refrigerator and cleaning underneath and behind it. You may be surprised at how awfully dirty this becomes.

Cleaning the stove (5 steps)

Maybe you cook on it a lot, maybe you don’t. But, having a dirty stove top can make your whole kitchen look less than eye-pleasing. Boiling pots can overflow and stick, dropped food bakes onto the stove top, food drips into the burners, etc. Don’t settle for a dirty stove top. Follow these simple steps to get it looking like new.

  • Remove grates from your stovetop, as well as the drip pans, and place them in a sink of hot, soapy water with a splash or two of baking soda. Let them soak for a couple of hours.
  • Scrub the stove top with soap and water or vinegar and water.
  • For foods that are crusty and baked on, use baking soda and hot water to remove.
  • If you have a glass cooktop, invest in a good glass cooktop cleaner and follow the directions to clean.
  • Use your vacuum attachment to suck up loose crumbs in between the range and the countertops.

Cleaning the oven (4 steps)

Many ovens come with a self-cleaning feature. You can follow your instruction manual on how to operate the oven in this mode. This is the best way to fully clean your oven. However, there are spaces that self-cleaning oven features don’t fix. For these areas, use a cloth with a mixture of water and white vinegar or soap.

  • For stuck on debris, use a sponge with hot water and baking soda.
  • Remove the racks and wash them by hand if needed.
  • Wipe down the exterior of the oven with soap and water. If your oven is stainless steel, be sure to go with the grain.
  • Harsh oven cleaners are available on the market but are not needed unless the above methods don’t work. If you do use them, be sure to open a window and have plenty of ventilation.

Cleaning the microwave (4 steps)

Your microwave is perhaps the easiest appliance in your kitchen to clean. Many people try to scrub and scrape to get all the splattered, stuck food off the base, sides, and even top of the inside of a microwave.

Here are four easy steps to clean your microwave:

  • Place a mug with water in the microwave.
  • Run the microwave for 1 minute, 30 seconds or longer (the goal is to bring the water to a boil)
  • After, let the mug sit with the door closed for a few minutes
  • Use a kitchen glove to remove the mug and wipe the interior of the microwave with a towel.

The steam from the boiling water will loosen remnants of food prepared in the microwave. Once loose, all you need to do is give it a wipe. Just be sure to wear gloves when removing the mug, as some mugs may become too hot to hold when containing boiling water.


Your kitchen is where you cook your meals and spend your time. You want it to be clean and free of germs and debris. Clean up messes as you go – and spend some time doing a deep clean every now and then. This will keep your appliances healthy and happy.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

How to Clean Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

People love the way stainless steel looks in the kitchen. It’s elegant light or dark finish matches most cabinets and walls and resists rusts and corrosion.

But it does require regular maintenance.

Today, we’re taking a look at a few methods so you know how to clean stainless steel kitchen appliances.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

If your refrigerator, dishwasher, or range features a stainless steel finish, you’re probably wondering how to clean stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Doing so will keep your appliances healthy and looking great for years to come.

In this article, we will explore the following methods:

  • Store-bought stainless steel cleaners
  • Homemade methods
  • Mild dish soap and water
  • Club soda
  • Flour
  • Dish soap and baby oil
  • White vinegar and olive oil
  • Lemon oil furniture polish

Let’s get started!

1. Store-Bought Stainless Steel Cleaners

Due to the popularity of stainless steel kitchen appliances, there’s a wide variety of cleaning products you can purchase to maintain that beautiful stainless steel finish in your home.

Some stainless-steel store-bought products can be found at a bargain. However, most can get a bit expensive – especially those that offer you a sparkling finished product.

If you don’t want to spend the money to maintain your appliances or if you don’t necessarily want harsh chemicals on all the surfaces you and your loved ones touch in your kitchen, perhaps you will want to consider a homemade solution.

2. Homemade Methods

Some of these may seem odd – and you may wonder who would have initially thought to use some of these products – but you will be surprised at the finish. If you don’t feel like spending money on expensive cleaning products, consider giving these homemade methods a try:

3. Mild Dish Soap and Water

Using a solution of a dash or two of mild dish soap and warm water, dip a soft cloth and then wring out. Gently wipe down the appliances, spending extra time in areas that have more marks, fingerprints, etc. Once you are done, wipe the appliances dry in a buffing motion with a clean, dry soft cloth.

4. Club Soda

Either rub a soft rag soaked in club soda on the appliance or spray the club soda directly onto the surface. Then, rub it in going in the same direction as the grain. Follow up with a soft, dry cloth, drying the appliance by rubbing in the same direction. It will remove fingerprints and smudges, leaving you with a nice shine.

5. Flour

This idea may seem odd – and messy – but believe it or not, flour can work to make the stainless steel in your kitchen shine again. Simply pat the flour onto the surface and then buff it out with a soft cloth. Of course, you may want to reserve this as a last option due to the mess that it will likely ultimately make in your kitchen.

6. Dish Soap and Baby Oil

This is a great combination to leave you with your kitchen appliances shiny and fresh. Just take a soft cloth with warm water and a dash of soap. This will help scrub out any grease or grime that has found its way onto your appliances. It will also remove fingerprints. For tough spots, you may need to go over them a few times.

Afterward, dry the surface area and buff with baby oil using a new and clean cloth. Try your best to go with the grain.

7. White Vinegar and Olive Oil

This method works very similar to the dish soap and baby oil. However, instead of the dish soap, use white vinegar – sans water. And, buffing out the refrigerator with a soft cloth and olive oil can give it a beautiful shine.

8. Lemon Oil Furniture Polish

Lemon oil furniture polish is not designed for stainless steel. However, it has been shown to do wonders for the finish. If you choose to use this method for cleaning your kitchen appliances, then apply the polish to a soft cloth, not directly onto the stainless-steel surface. Then, wipe it on gently, going with the grain. Buff out using a separate soft, clean, and dry cloth.

What to Avoid

It is important to keep in mind that, as you clean your stainless-steel kitchen appliances, there are a few things that you do not want to let come in contact with your appliance. For example, these include things such as:

  • Harsh abrasives
  • Scouring powders
  • Ammonia
  • Steel wool
  • Bleach

These can cause great damage to the finish and will halt your ability to restore it to its natural beauty.

Stainless steel kitchen appliances are elegant in their design. Don’t get discouraged in trying to keep them shiny and clean. Find a method that works for you – whether store-bought or homemade – and faithfully clean your appliances. The more often you clean them, the less work it will take to keep them shiny and bright.

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