How To Clean The Appliances Properly: Fridge, Oven, Microwave…

Electrical appliances make our daily lives easier and have become indispensable in our domestic routine. In order for them to last for a long time, they must be looked after and cleaned well. Here are some tips to make them look like the first day.

How To Clean The Oven

The oven is one of the kitchen appliances that gets the most dirty because the food we bake spends minutes (even hours) in it and many times there are splashes and spills of fat.

To prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for germs and microorganisms, it must be cleaned carefully.


It’s perfect for disinfecting the oven. You’ll need it:

  • ½ liter of water
  • 250 g salt

Spread the mixture on the walls of the oven and let it work for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with a damp sponge. If bad smells remain, dilute 250 g of salt in 1/2 litre of vinegar and place it in a spray bottle. Spray and let it work for a few minutes. As before, remove the remains with a damp sponge.


Not only does it give off a pleasant aroma, but the lemon also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is also very powerful against fat. You’ll need it:

  • 2 lemons
  • A casserole

Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into the pan. Turn on the oven at 250º for 30 minutes. Then wipe the walls with a cloth.

Vinegar And Bicarbonate

They’re a perfect duo when it comes to cleanliness. They degrease, disinfect and clean. You’ll need:

  • 250 ml of apple vinegar
  • 30 g of baking soda

Mix the two ingredients and spray the walls of the oven with a sprayer. Turn on the oven at 120º for 10 minutes. When the oven cools down, remove any remaining fat with a damp sponge.

How To Clean The Refrigerator

It’s where we keep our food so it has to be cleaned often so that it doesn’t acquire bad odors or spread germs.


Because of its degreasing and antibacterial power it is a great remedy for cleaning the refrigerator. It also neutralizes bad odors. You’ll need it:

  • 3 tablespoons of bicarbonate (30 g)
  • ½ litre of warm water

Dissolve the bicarbonate in water and rub the walls with a sponge. Leave to work for 5 minutes and remove the remains with an absorbent cloth.


Like bicarbonate, lemon works against bacteria. You’ll need it:

  • 3 lemons
  • ½ litre of warm water

Squeeze the three lemons and mix the juice with the water. Put it in a spray bottle and spray the walls of the refrigerator. After 5 minutes, wipe off with a clean cloth. It is best to do this twice a week.

Olive Oil And Lemon

It is perfect for cleaning the exterior stainless steel (it is also suitable for all other appliances with this finish).

How To Clean The Microwave

If you are a heavy user of microwaves, you should clean this appliance once a week.


A very simple way is to clean the walls of the microwave with a good jet of vinegar, water and, if you like, with lemon. Mix the three ingredients in a container and with a sponge, clean it well. Dry with a clean cloth.

Dishwasher Detergent

Put some water in a bowl with a stream of dishwashing soap and heat it in the dishwasher until it boils. Wait until the steam that has been generated disappears, remove the bowl and wipe off the dirt.


To neutralize the bad smells, just follow the previous procedure but instead of soap, pour the juice of a lemon.

How To Clean The Washing Machine

Another “big” appliance we use everyday and have to take care of is the washing machine. Although it may not seem to get as dirty as other appliances, you should pay special attention to the rubber of the drum, the drawer where you pour the detergent and the bad smells due to humidity (especially if you forget to open the door when you finish washing).


Once a month, clean the washing machine thoroughly to remove bacteria, fungus and bad odours. You’ll need:

  • Hot water
  • ½ cup apple vinegar (125 ml)

Fill the washing machine with the hot water and add the vinegar. Schedule a short cycle. Then open the washing machine and let it air out for an hour.


Once a month it is necessary to do a maintenance wash, that is, with the washing machine drum empty, program a high temperature cycle (90º) or, failing that, the cotton one. Especially if you are used to cold washing, as more lime will build up. In the detergent box, add a cup of baking soda and that’s it.

Lemon And Hydrogen Peroxide

Many times, fungus stains appear on the drum rubber and it also gives off bad odors due to humidity. To prevent this from happening, adopt a towel-drying routine after every wash. However, to clean the rubber already stained you will need:

  • 3 liters of water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (62 ml)
  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (250 ml)

Pour the three ingredients into a container. Using a sponge, rub the gum until the stains are removed. That way you’ll leave it free of fungus and germs.

How To Clean The Dishwasher

Having a dishwasher that’s years old and shiny like the first day also has its tricks. One is to use it often, another is to leave it open half an hour after use. And inside?

Tang Orange Or Lemon

As you read it. If you’re the generation that went to the GBS, you’ll remember the famous powders that turned into soda when dissolved in water. Place a Tang envelope in the pill tray and schedule a dishwashing session with the empty dishwasher.


Not only because it is a great antiseptic but also because it is ecological and has a great polishing and anti-lime effect. Schedule a wash and after 10 minutes, pour in a glass of white vinegar. Continue washing.


Serves to clean the dishwasher inside and out! Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher tray and run a short hot cycle. To keep the appliance white, mix baking soda with hot water and clean the outside.

Now that you know how to clean your appliances well, remember that you don’t have to go through a big cleaning marathon, because in the end, you’ll give up. Better follow the 20/10 method. Do you know it?


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