Your microwave, popcorn machine, blender or food processor may look marvelous at the appliance store, but not so much after spending a few weeks in your home. It may be from constant use, or from lack of proper handling especially when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.
Being vegan is not all about clean eating, but also ensuring that the appliances we use every day are thoroughly cleaned. This is because there is a high chance that they may attract pests, which may contaminate our foods and bring diseases, it will bring serious effects on mothers and children. The odor from your machines can also highly affect the state and taste of your foods.
In today’s post, we are going to talk about simple cleaning hacks for the simple kitchen appliances you had no idea existed.
Stainless steel appliances
We all have a couple of stainless steel appliances in our kitchens. And why not? They look fantastic when new, and are considered easier to clean and more durable.
With time, your popcorn machine, food processor or blender starts getting some spots and scratches that make the exterior look very dull. You don’t have to replace your appliances just yet! By first washing them with dish soap, and following up with baking soda and finally vinegar, you will restore the appliances to their original shine.
A pro tip for that extra sparkle is using a light coat of olive oil on the exterior after the final rinse.
When it comes to the microwave, many of us forget that it needs cleaning too, every once in a while to get rid of all that gunk that settles in after constant use.
All you need to do is combine some water with citrus and vinegar. Boil your solution in the microwave, allowing the steam to build up, for about 15 minutes. You will be surprised at how much grime you are able to wipe down.
You may not be a baking fanatic, but you surely use your oven more times than you would like to admit. There are self-cleaning ovens out there, but most of us happen to have the regular ones in the market. I do not recommend using harsh chemicals to clean your oven out, to prevent any contamination with food.
The simplest cleaning hack comes in form of baking soda and vinegar, items you already have in your homes. Simply mix up both to form a thick paste, which you can leave in your oven overnight for the best results.
It’s of utmost importance that you always keep your refrigerator clean, to prevent bacteria from breeding and contaminating all your veggies among other foods.
Some of the simple tips you can use include first making a homemade cleaner for your refrigerator. In a gallon of hot water, add ½ cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and ¼ cup baking soda. This is a no-rinse mixture, which you can use to remove mildew and mold from your refrigerator.
If you are worried about grease build-up after cleaning, simply buff paste wax on the surface. You can also use toothpaste to get rid of tough stains.
With life being ever so hectic, sometimes we lack the time for such procedures. A faster cleaning hack is sprinkling some vanilla or orange extracts on cotton balls in a shallow dish and leaving it in the refrigerator.
Does there always seem to be a lingering odor in your veggie bins that drives you crazy? Just crumple a piece of the brown grocery bag and leave it in the bin for about 48 hours. It works wonders in absorbing the odors.
You may not have realized it yet, but the toaster is one of the most used appliances in our kitchens, but also the one item we forget to clean.
First, take out the crumb tray and remove all loose crumbs. If your toaster does not have a removable tray, just turn it upside down and shake to get rid of the crumbs. The next step involves washing the tray with warm soapy water. We recommend using either a small basting or pastry brush to get into the corners.
For the exterior, you only need to wipe down the grease using a soft damp cloth. A stainless steel toaster would use some vinegar on the exterior for more shine.
You must admit that this is the most used item in the kitchen, especially when we need to chop off our veggies, which happens to be an everyday affair. You clean up your wooden board after use, but do you ever wonder if you are able to get all the dirt out?
To begin with, sanitize your board with peroxide, and use baking soda to thoroughly clean off the stains.Deodorize your board with a final spritz of vinegar, and its ready for the next batch of veggies.
If you are not thrilled at the prospect of using peroxide on your wooden board, lemons and coarse salts come in handy as well. First, cut your lemon into two, and squeeze the juice from the first half on your board, using the lemon to spread it around.
Sprinkle coarse salt all over the board and repeat the process above. We use coarse salt to absorb the lemon juice and to also get rid of any crumbs and dried bits off your board. When done, use a damp paper towel to wipe remove the lemon and salt from the board, and allow to dry before using.
This may not be a kitchen appliance, but it’s one of the areas where we store some of our appliances during use. In most occasions, your counter gets stains that won’t go away no matter how hard you try to scrub them off.
It’s such stains that attract pests in your kitchen and make your home a living nightmare. If you were wondering how to best get rid of pests in your kitchen without using toxic chemicals, check out this post on best ultrasonic pest repeller reviews 2017.
For a natural stone counter, a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia will do. Laminate countertops are best cleaned using a mixture of baking soda and a mild detergent.