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How to Clean Your Appliances {and Save Money}

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Cleaning your home appliances by yourself may seem as an exercise in futility and indeed it can be just that when you have no idea how to approach it properly. We all love our home appliances because they make our lives so much easier and more comfortable. While I’m on this subject, I’ve only just learnt that most people still don’t have air con in their homes! This is an absolute must-have appliance. When the heat gets unbearable, opening a window will rarely help. Instead you should think about spending a couple hundred dollars on air conditioning, but obviously you should read some AC reviews first. There are all kinds of units available, and of course I’d always recommend whichever is easiest to clean, which takes me back to my original point; how to approach this daunting task. Greasy ovens, built up carbon deposits and burnt hobs, smelly fridges and dishwashers… yeah, it kind of sounds nightmarish when you come to think about it. But it doesn’t have to be. Just stop and take some time to consider how much money you could possibly save if you didn’t rush for the phone to call a technician any time you need an appliance clean. And this doesn’t include only saving on your telephone bill. The more you clean and maintain your appliances, the less likely it is they’ll break. This means you won’t need to look for a company that offers Appliance Repair in Murfreesboro every time your appliance breaks down. You should obviously still get the appliances checked out every now and then but this isn’t as expensive as repairing or replacing it would be. You can be a cleaning expert yourself, all you have to do is try out some of these suggestions. And don’t forget, you can save yourself a lot of effort by investing in the best appliances from the start. These often feature self-cleaning technologies or other time/money saving features. Check out different comparison sites in your area to find the best option for you by googling terms like Washing Machine India. You can save yourself a lot of hassle from the start by getting the best deal for you!

Clean appliances work so much better than old dirty, dingy ones full of build up. Cleaning them yourself can save you quite a bit of money in the long run. See how.

On greasy ovens racks

Sure, we know dealing with grease is anything but a pleasant experience but it could be, if you remind yourself about the money you’d save in the process. Besides it’s not as nasty as it originally sounds. Begin by stripping your oven racks from all foil sheets you have previously put on to collect dripping grease. Then remove the racks and take them out in the driveway or in your garage. Combine vinegar, lemon juice and soda in a spray bottle and sprinkle the racks with this solution, then allow them to sit outside for a night. It takes some time but it’s well worth it, as it won’t cost you anything. On the following morning use your garden hose to rinse the oven racks. If you have a power washer at your disposal, use it – the result will be sparkling clean, grease-free oven racks.

On fridge clean-up

A clean fridge is much more energy-efficient as it consumes less electricity to maintain lower temperatures. Because of this you should consider maintaining yours on regular basis. How to do it? Begin by inspecting the door seals of your fridge. Place a piece of paper between the door and the seal – if it doesn’t slide down, you’re OK and can proceed to wipe the door and seal with water and vinegar solution. Do the same with the racks inside. If they are especially soiled, you should let it sit for a few minutes or remove the shelves and place them in your dishwasher. You can easily wash them by hand too, using some regular soap and warm water. Bare in mind you have to regularly defrost your fridge too, especially if the ice build-ups are over five millimeters thick.

On natural microwave clean-up

Luckily microwaves don’t get as greasy and dirty as ovens do but they can prove to be a mean feat too, if you regularly neglect them. But there’s no need to panic, there’s a quick, efficient and most importantly, perfectly natural way to clean these appliances. You will need only one lemon, a small measuring cup and a clean dish towel or rag. Pour about 250ml of water into a bowl, squeeze the lemon in and put the bowl in the microwave. Then all you have to do is turn it on high for three minutes but make sure you close the door as the steam will help grime to decompose easily. Then wait for it to cool down a bit and wipe the walls with the rag.

On Dishwasher deposits removal

Removing water deposits is not as difficult as it may seem. Actually it’s quite simple, not to mention beneficial since it will greatly extend the machine’s lifespan, so you won’t be buying a new one any time soon. To avoid or remove deposits, you should simply run one cycle of the empty machine after you’ve poured in two cups of white vinegar. In the middle of the process stop the dishwasher, so that the vinegar ends up at the bottom and allow it to sit there for about 30 minutes. After the time is up, run it again to finish the process. (Please, whatever you do, do not mix bleach and vinegar, this is not a good combo as it equals toxic chlorine gas.)

If you want your appliances working the way they should, you have to spend some time and energy (and not so much money!) on cleaning and maintaining them properly. A clean, deposit-free appliance equals energy efficiency and less electricity consumption which by itself is enough to cut down on your expenses. But let’s not forget that clean appliances run much more smoothly so they don’t break down as easily. The best way to save money on your appliances is by not buying new ones so make sure you get the best of your old oven or fridge before you visit the electric appliance department.

This is a guest post by Kiera Tomlinson. She runs a small company called Wimbledon Cleaners.

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1 Comment

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    Gwen
    February 23, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    These are great tips! My dishwasher and I thank you!

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