A Home-Ec 101 Guide: How To Clean Home Appliances

They are our modern day servants and we are at a loss when our home appliances stop working. By taking care of them and keeping them clean you can extend the life of your appliances so they can help you through your daily life.

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How to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker

Multiple ways to keep your coffee maker clean and running smoothly.

How to Clean a Smooth Top Range / Stove

I immediately removed the pot from the burner but there were scorch marks on the pot, and ‘melted stuff’ on the burner.  I was able to scrub the pot bottom clean, but am not sure what to do about the burner, and it’s my ‘favorite’.

How To Clean Bubbles Off A Smooth Top Range

So I read the instructions on how to handle spills and whatnot. Then, the first night I use it (tonight), the worst happens…And the grease was just sprinkling on the burner. I turned it off, panicked, and once its cooled enough I used some Cerama Bryte and cleaned the stove top. However, when I wiped it clean, it made no difference.

How to Remove Melted Plastic from a Smooth Top Range

My husband nearly burnt our house down recently because he turned the stove on and forgot to take our plastic strainer out of it. The plastic is everywhere, now hard and stuck.

How To Clean Mildew Out Of a Coffeemaker’s Reservoir

I have a coffeemaker with a removable water reservoir. I turns out that it never totally empties and now it smells musty. I have tried cleaning it with vinegar and denture tablets as suggested.

How to Clean Out the Refrigerator

I’m gearing myself up to finally tackling the scary fridge. It hasn’t been cleaned since the dawn of refrigeration, so there’s a ton of ultra-scary-ew-nasty-what-is-that-gunk in the fridge. But, I don’t want to use any harsh chemicals, as I’m concerned about the smell/taste of it transferring over to the food once I’m done.

How to Clean a Stinky Garbage Disposal

If you Google the problem you’ll find 101 different remedies for your stinky situation. The problem is then deciding which ones are effective and which are a waste of time or potentially dangerous to your appliance.

How to Clean a Toaster

I clean out the crumb tray, wipe everything down, and shake it like a martini over the trash can, but when I set it back down, its still got crumbs falling out. Repeat process many times, plus when I look down in the toaster it looks like a pepper shaker exploded on the inside.

How to Clean an Electric Kettle

Since it can’t go in the dishwasher or even really be hand washed other than just rinsing it out, I am always careful to empty any leftover water out before I store it. My parents came to visit in July and apparently when the kettle was put away there was some water left in it which I just discovered last night…. I used it to boil water for instant gravy last night and the gravy tasted funny, not sure if it was the water or the gravy mix.

How to Clean and Shine Stainless Steel

You aren’t the first homeowner to fall for the gleaming lure of stainless. It’s so pretty there in the show room. What you don’t see are the legions of employees wiping down the appliances night and day.

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How to Clean Ceiling Fans

How do you clean ceiling fans? I’m especially wanting to know how you manage to clean them without dust bunnies falling down onto the furniture.

How to Clean Greasy Oven Glass

We like to roast meats in the oven after searing them on the stove, using a frying pan. Consequently, we have serious grease stains on the inside of the over door and the glass. The stains are very difficult to remove.

How To Clean Refrigerator Coils

Vacuuming the refrigerator coils not only extends the life of your refrigerator, but it helps save electricity, because a dusty fridge has to work harder.

How to Clean Sugary Spillovers in the Oven

When I looked in the oven, I noticed that some of the syrupy filling had spilled over onto the bottom of the oven, but the pie was done, so I took it out and didn’t think to even wipe up the sticky mess.  It has since encrusted itself to the bottom of my oven and whenever I try to preheat the oven, it fills our home with smoke.

How to Clean a Humidifier

Humidifiers can quickly become bacteria factories if they are not cleaned thoroughly. The problem is, minerals can quickly build up on your humidifier which becomes breeding grounds for bacteria. Ewww!

Is Rust On The Microwave Door A Safety Issue?

There has always been a bit of rust spots along the bottom of the micro door, but just now I noticed it’s suddenly become quite extensive. I wiped it, shut the door & reopened it, and rust dust was spreading around.

Regular Dishwasher Maintenance Improves Performance

My dishwasher just isn’t doing as great a job anymore. I haven’t changed anything: same soap, I scrape the plates, I still use a rinsing agent. What could be going on?

Need help cleaning a home appliance that isn’t covered here? Send your questions to helpme@home-ec101.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Elizabeth Schoeb on March 7, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I have read the article about rust on the door of my microwave and I feel I should probably get rid of the oven

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