Is It Time To Clean Your Kitchen Appliances? Experts Weigh In

Over the last few years, prices for the things we all use daily have increased quickly. Service calls to repair kitchen appliances are no exception. Add in parts and emergency fees, and the bill becomes larger.

The good news is that you can easily extend your kitchen appliances' life. The trick is to know when to clean them.

If you see food going bad before it's supposed to, it is time to clean your refrigerator. Dirt and grime build up on the shelves and in the drawers, and this can cause food to rot more quickly.


Steven Hill, Founder of DIY Gazette, explains, “If you notice that your fruits and vegetables are wilting or that your meat is starting to spoil sooner than it should, it's probably because your fridge is dirty.”

To clean your disposal, you first want to ensure you turn off the power and remove any trapped particles. Next, clean the interior disposal using dish soap, and then use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or citrus peels to keep it smelling fresh and provide a deeper clean.

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Plus, if you not only want to clean but want to sharpen your blades, pour some ice cubes or rock salt down and let the blades run until all the ice is gone.

Jen Stark, founder of Happy DIY Home, shares, “It's easy for food to drip or spill and dry onto the bottom of the oven, causing issues down the line. If you notice that it's taking longer to preheat or it doesn't work as well as it should, it may need a good scrub.”


According to Jenna Moran, Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Whimsy and Spice, “if the sealing ring starts collecting aromas from the food you have been cooking, it is time to clean the appliance.”

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