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Cleaning kitchen appliances, made easy!

Kitchen appliances can get pretty messy, and scouring away hard-to-remove grease can be time consuming, but it’s a job that can’t be avoided if you want a hygienic kitchen.

With these easy tips and tricks, making your appliances shine and sparkle will be easy!

MICROWAVE

Put equal amounts of water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, along with a small wooden object – like a toothpick – to prevent boiling or other dangers. You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent. Set the microwave on high for five to ten minutes. Wait until it cools, open the microwave and wipe down the inside with a sponge or paper towel.

DISHWASHER

Keeping your dishwasher in tip-top shape is key to making it last longer, along with ensuring your dishes are as clean as possible.

An easy way to clean the nasty build up of food debris, grease and soap scum is to place a dishwasher-safe cup with plain white vinegar on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. This will wash away the grime, sanitise, and remove odours. Use the hottest water setting and run the dishwasher through a cycle. When it finishes sprinkle a handful of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher and run through a short hot cycle. This will further deodorize your dishwasher and remove any stains.

OVEN

Remove the shelves from your dirty oven and place them in individual large sealable bags. Add half a bottle of oven cleaner and set aside while you clean the oven. Pour the remaining oven cleaner directly on to the oven floor, scrubbing it into the door and floor to remove the dirt. When possible, leave the cleaner soak in overnight, or at least for four hours. Sponge away the cleaner and remove the shelves from the plastic bags. Sponge away the remaining grime on the shelves and dry the inside of the oven with a clean cloth.

TOASTER

Unplug the appliance, empty the crumb tray and remove the toaster-oven racks. Sit them in warm, soapy water and scrub off any charred food with a sponge or a brush. Wipe the toaster’s inside with a cloth wet with water and washing up liquid, and dislodge food with a toothbrush. Wipe the outside with a soapy cloth, scrubbing around knobs and hinges with a clean toothbrush.

BLENDERS AND MIXERS

Remove blades and other removable parts, soaking them in a sink filled with warm soapy water. Hand wash the food-processor bowl or cup, and scour the blades with a nylon brush to remove any particles. Dry the pieces thoroughly with a clean towel or cloth to prevent rust. Wipe down the bases with a damp clean cloth – do not submerge them in water.

 

Clean Sweep

5 super easy tips to keep your fridge clean and tidy

There’s nothing worse than opening a messy fridge when it’s time to eat! Not only does a cluttered fridge freezer make it more difficult to see what could be on the menu, an unkempt fridge can also harbour nasty bacteria. We’ve made it really easy to spruce up this kitchen utility so it sparkles, whilst keeping everything neat and organised.

1 – THE CLEAN OUT

Although the dreaded fridge clean can be time-consuming, it is vital for safe storage and will also help you minimise food wastage. Ideally, your fridge should be cleaned before a food shop, so there is little to empty. This also provides more time for cleaning, as there is less food exposed to warmer temperatures whilst out of the fridge.

As you are emptying the fridge, ensure expired items are disposed of, to save space for leftovers and foods. Remove the drawers and place them in the sink. Scrub the drawers with a sponge, warm water, and washing-up liquid. Leave them out to air-dry.

Douse the interior with a multisurface spray. Wipe down the walls, then each shelf. Use an old toothbrush and a spritz of cleaner to dislodge grime from crevices.

2 – LINE YOUR SHELVES WITH EASY-TO-CLEAN MATS

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your shelves, line them with mats. When inevitable messy spills happen, the mats will prevent juices from leaking on to other shelves. They can also be easily removed and cleaned.

 3 – KEEP THINGS IN PLACE WITH SLIDING BINS

We’ve all opened a fridge where there’s food stacked beyond reach on every shelf, leaving it difficult to know where to start. An easy way to keep this under control is by using sliding plastic baskets, organising and grouping contents. Deep bins mean you can pull out sections of stuff in one quick movement. If you want to be really organised, you can even label these baskets for different food items, for example: meats, condiments, cheese, and salad.

If you’re looking for an easy and cheap hack, try using magazine/paper holders as extra shelves. Place the holders in the fridge horizontally, and they make the perfect gap for those smaller knick knacks.

4  – A TRICK FOR BOTTLES

Quite often, a shelf in your fridge may be lost to keeping drinks cool. Stacking is key to saving space, but there is a handy trick for beer bottles. Prevent these items from rolling around by placing a binder clip onto a wire shelf. This stops the bottom tier from moving, allowing you to easily stack more on top. Cheers to that!

5 – THE FINAL STEP

Once you have cleaned your fridge, lined your shelves and placed your baskets where you want them, you can then begin filling your fridge. Here’s a hygienic and orderly way to go about this final step:

Upper Shelves: Leftovers, drinks, and ready-to-eat foods (like deli meats and leftovers).

Middle Shelves: Dairy, such as milks, cheeses, yoghurt and butter.

Lower Shelves: This is the coldest part of your fridge, and where wrapped raw meat and fish should be kept. Placing raw food on the bottom shelf also minimises the risk of cross-contamination.

Doors: The refrigerator door is the warmest part of the fridge, so only condiments should go there. Although most people keep their milk in the fridge door, this can actually make your milk go bad faster. The temperature fluctuates more on the fridge doors, so try to store your milk in a safe zone on the middle shelf.

Drawers: Vegetables, salads and fruit should be stored in their original packaging in the salad drawer where they will be enclosed. This is also a good place to store herbs, as they can’t get frozen to the back of the fridge.

However, fresh vegetables can be contaminated if meat is placed on the shelf above.

A solution is that if you have two drawers, make one of them exclusively for veggies and the other exclusively for raw meat.

Here’s to a sparkly clean fridge and keeping your food fresher for longer. Now, go make that meal stress free!  

Top tips for cleaning your oven

Oven cleaning is one of those stubborn cleaning jobs that people love to hate and often ignore for as long as they possibly can.

But it’s a task that has to be done, so here are our top tips for getting rid of the horrible black, sticky grease that builds up over time.

Like most jobs and chores, preparation is key.

Before you begin

• Open the windows to air the room
• Ensure you have an appropriate cleaning product, a brush and a dish cloth;
• Protect your skin and put rubber gloves on and remove the oven shelves, oven thermometer and anything else inside the oven in order to wash them separately.

There are two options for what type of cleaning product you use to clean the oven with. You can either buy specific oven cleaning chemicals or make a baking soda paste.

Many people don’t like using unpleasant chemicals, which as well as having a nasty odour can also generate lots of smoke when auto-cleaning an oven.

So here’s an easy breakdown of the baking soda paste method.

First, wipe away any food residue. Next, mix up a simple paste by adding a few tablespoons of water to around ½ cup of baking soda. You can play around with the ratio until you’ve made a spreadable, consistent paste.

Now, using a brush, evenly spread the paste over the bottom, sides, and door panel while avoiding covering the heating element and the door seals. Spread plenty of paste on any areas that are especially greasy.

Leave the baking soda paste for at least 12 hours, then use a damp dish cloth to wipe away as much of the paste as possible. For the next step, put some vinegar into a spray bottle and squirt it on the areas of baking soda that remain, and use your damp cloth to lightly wipe away the remaining liquid and foam mix until the oven is completely clean.

After cleaning the oven racks separately, just replace them and you’re done!

That said, if you still don’t want to clean your oven after reading this blog then call us now on 01792 934 382 and ask for Helen or Ian and we’ll be happy to help.

Tip of the Week

Here at Clean Sweep, we bring you weekly tips and tricks to help you out with the cleaning. Since Christmas is almost upon, this week we are giving you some helpful hints before the big day. After all, no one likes a messy Christmas.

Tools for cooking
Don’t leave it until the bird is due in the oven to drag the turkey-sized roasting dish out of a cupboard and find it caked in last year’s grease. Use washing-up liquid or a cream cleaner to clean it, or for really tough burnt-on grime, clean as you would clean an oven.
This goes for other once-a-year items, too, so haul out all the gravy boats, clean carafes, clean coffee makers, and cheese-boards and so on now and give them a good wash.

Glasses
Fairy lights and candles set a lovely festive ambience, which will not be enhanced at all by a tray of dusty or greasy crystal, so give it all a good wash before you crack open the bubbly.
Bargain glasses can be chucked in the dishwasher, but your more precious items should be washed by hand.

Silverware
Stainless steel and silver cutlery can both be washed in the dishwasher, just not at the same time – the silver stuff will turn black.
Silver cutlery should be removed from the dishwasher as soon as the cycle has finished and dried if necessary to prevent salt residue wreaking havoc.

Defrost the freezer
This will allow more room in your freezer for all your Christmas food and treats.