Get your kitchen and appliances ready for the holidays

Although the holidays seem far away, now’s the time to make sure your appliances are operating properly before you start all your holiday baking, hosting and after-party cleaning.

ReadyfortheHolidays

Refrigerator

Replace broken refrigerator veggie or crisper drawers with new ones.

Replace taped up or broken refrigerator door bars and get back some of your storage space.

Change your refrigerator’s water filter.

Stove or Oven

Consult your owner’s manual to see the best way to clean your oven. Some ovens have a special coating on them that cannot be cleaned with detergents, soaps or commercial oven cleaners. Also, if you do use the self-cleaning feature, check whether you are to leave the racks inside your oven during the process. Some manufacturers recommend you remove them and clean them by hand.

Be sure to use the self-cleaning function a few weeks before guests arrive as sometimes the process leaves a lingering smell. Check your oven’s heating function after it has cooled down.

Use the self-cleaning feature after you have already heated the oven to cook. This will save energy and save you money.

Replace old or worn stove knobs with new ones for a better cooking experience.

Replace stained and dirty drip pans .

If your electric oven doesn’t heat, you may need to replace the bake element or the broil element (check both).

Check your oven’s temperature accuracy with an oven thermometer. Take four different readings and space them 20 minutes apart once your temperature hits its setting. Average the different readings together and divide by four for an average temperature.

Dishwasher

If your dishwasher is not cleaning like it should, check out our article on “How to clean your dishwasher” and use a dishwasher cleaner like Affresh to remove excess detergent residue and stains from inside your dishwasher.

Replace missing rack roller wheels.

Need a new dishwasher utensil or silverware basket? You can purchase a new one using your dishwasher model number to find your correct part.

Garbage disposal

Use a garbage disposal cleaner to clean and freshen your disposal. Or freeze ice cubes with a slice of lemon or citrus rinds and grind them in your disposal to deodorize. Flush with cold water.

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