Regular cleaning and maintenance can help keep your home appliances in good shape and extend their life span. Get started with this quick guide.
- Grease removal
Love cooking but hate cleaning up? A quick way to rid your cooktop of grease and grime is by applying a mixture of lemon and baking powder or vinegar onto the surface. Then, take a sponge that has been soaked in warm, soapy water and do a thorough wipe down before drying the area off with a clean dishtowel. Grease build-ups can end up damaging your kitchen appliances, so keeping them clean after cooking is particularly important.
- (De)scaling situation
There’s more to cleaning your coffee machine than washing its removable parts. Experts recommend descaling it every month with white vinegar, to prevent mineral buildup and to ensure it remains in tiptop condition. Fill the reservoir with a mixture that is equal parts vinegar and water, and run half of a brew cycle – then turn it off and let the mixture sit for an hour before restarting the brew cycle. Afterwards, pour out the solution, rinse, and run another cycle with only water for a thorough cleanse.
- Easy blend
The days of painstakingly scrubbing down your blender are over. Fill it up partially with warm soapy water and a few drops of lemon juice, and let it run for 30 seconds on each of your blender settings. End off with a final rinse of warm water. Violà, another kitchen appliance in tip-top shape!
- No pressure
Experiencing low shower pressure? Mineral buildup in your shower head may be what’s clogging your water flow. To clean it, detach the shower head and let it soak in a bowl of vinegar overnight. Wipe away any remaining deposits the next day and experience the pressure of a brand-new shower head.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the February 2020 issue of SquareRooms.