Four Appliances That Need a Cleaning
Occasionally cleaning household appliances like stoves and refrigerators may seem obvious, but what about equipment that does the cleaning, like the dishwasher and washing machine? Give these often overlooked appliances a deep clean with the following tips before the holidays have them working overtime.
Unclog the dishwasher. The cleaner the dishwasher, the cleaner your dishes will turn out after going through a wash cycle. Take a moment to clean the dishwasher’s filter, usually located on the inside bottom of the machine. This detachable filter becomes clogged with food and debris over time, so empty it out regularly to keep it working efficiently.
Descale the dishwasher. As you know we have very hard water in Dublin and hard water causes build up in your dishwasher. Every few months I run a cycle with 2 cups of white vinegar. Pour the vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a normal cycle but stop it in the middle of the wash cycle before it drains and let the vinegar sit for 20 minutes. Then restart the dishwasher and let it complete the cycle. You can turn off heated dry for this process.
De-gunk your garbage disposal. Use a natural abrasive combo of ice and salt to loosen grime from the blades. Though it will be loud, run the disposal until the ice is gone. When finished, you can grind up a lemon or lime wedge to deodorize the drain. I have never done this but am going to try it. I know there is gunk in there.
Give your washing machine a wash. Hosting out-of-towners during the holiday season? Avoid musty bedding and towels by sanitizing the machine and removing mildew buildup every few months. To do this, run a hot wash cycle without a load and add one cup of bleach to the soap dispenser or directly into the machine. Because of our hard water, it would be a good idea to run a hot water cycle with a gallon of white vinegar a month or so after the bleach cycle.
Tune up your clothes dryer. Remove the filter and vacuum out the area under the filter with the narrow attachment of your vacuum hose. Wipe down the interior of the dryer with a damp cloth including the door seal. Detach the dryer lint duct and vacuum it out. Check the outside vent to make sure there isn’t any debris or lint blocking the vent, preventing air from escaping freely. If you notice that clothes are taking longer to dry, you may need to have a professional clean out the vent. Mia had that problem last year. Call us! We have a guy who can clean it for you..
Want to keep your appliances working hard for you? Give them regular attention and their own cleaning now and then.
Mia & Beverly Team