Cleaning and caring for your appliances not only helps them look and smell nice, it allows them to run more efficiently, use less energy and save you money. Follow these maintenance and cleaning tips to help keep your appliances running smoothly.
Clean the condenser coils and fan on the rear or bottom of your refrigerator. You can use a vacuum cleaner or a condenser coil cleaning brush.
Check and clean the gasket of your refrigerator using warm soapy water. Make sure the seal is free from cracks and is tight fitting. A loose or cracking gasket allows cold air to escape from your fridge and costs you money. If the gasket seal on your fridge is sagging, replace it with a new refrigerator gasket.
If your freezer door is no longer closing on its own, replace the hinge’s cam riser.
Oven and stove top
Clean your oven by placing a bowl of non-sudsy ammonia on a cookie sheet and leaving it in a cold oven overnight. The fumes from the ammonia will help soften up any baked-on gunk or spills. Be sure to open a window and step back while opening your oven door to avoid the fumes from the ammonia. Use a non-abrasive damp sponge to clean the inside of your oven.
Mix up and spray on a mixture or water and vinegar to clean your oven’s door. A crumpled up newspaper makes for a streak-free shine when drying.
Check the seal of your oven door and replace the gasket if it’s broken, torn or otherwise deformed. A tight seal keeps heat inside your oven and allows food to cook quickly and evenly.
Remove and clean stove-top drip pans with warm soapy water, or replace them if damaged.
Remove and clean the clothes dryer lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Unplug the appliance and detach the exhaust venting from the back of the clothes dryer (usually it is attached by a clamp) and clean out any lint inside the duct work and in the machine. You can use your vacuum attachments to do this, or use a clothes dryer lint brush.
Clogged ducts and vents not only make your dryer work harder to clean your clothes, it can lead to a fire. Dirty, clogged ducts are the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
Regularly clean your washing machine. High efficiency front-loading washers are especially prone to mold and mildew smells due to being tightly sealed and just their design in general. Using a specialized HE cleaner, like Affresh Washer Cleaner can help eliminate odors.
Check your washer hoses for any cracks or leakage. Even if you do not see any external leaks or cracks, you could have an internal clog. Replace appliance hoses every five years for optimal performance and to avoid problems.
Clean the dishwasher trap located below the bottom spray arm. Lots of food and debris (and sometimes broken glass, so be careful!) accumulate here. If removable, remove the trap and rinse out in the sink before replacing it.
Remove the utensil basket and wipe down with a cloth to remove any debris that might get stuck to it.
Remove and clean the spray arms to make sure that the holes are not plugged up with debris.
Use a cleaner like Affresh Dishwasher cleaner to remove odors and mineral deposits in your appliance.