Not just the porch! Appliances need spring cleaning too.
Springtime is an excellent time to clean your whole home. With fresh air blowing through your windows, you have an excellent opportunity to get rid of odors, dust and dirt that may have built up on your rugs, upholstery, hardwood floors and furniture. In addition, be sure to take your cleaning to the next level by including your home appliances on your spring cleaning checklist.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
Your dishwasher is probably filled with bits of food as well as hard water deposits from frequent use. Thoroughly clean the screens and filters on the bottom of the dishwasher and also wipe down the sprayer arms. You may even want to use a shop vac to get rid of food debris. For very difficult-to-remove lime or calcium deposits, consider cleaning with a commercial cleanser, such as CLR or Lime-Away.
Cleaning Your Refrigerator
Little spills of food and drink in your refrigerator can add up to one huge mess by the springtime. Wipe down all of the shelves with a warm, wet microfiber cloth, and clean around the door seal as well. Be sure to pull your refrigerator out to clean the coils on the back. If your refrigerator has not been effectively cooling your food lately, be sure to schedule refrigerator repair . This is also the perfect time to change your refrigerator’s water filter.
Cleaning Your Oven
Most modern ovens come with self-cleaning options that make spring cleaning super simple. Once the cycle is complete and the oven has cooled, simply wipe out the ashes. Be sure to clean your stove top as well as around all of the knobs. If you have a glass-top stove, gentle cleansing products will be your best friends. However, if you have a traditional electric or glass stovetop, you will need to remove the burners and scour around them.
Cleaning Your Washing Machine
With a name like “washing machine,” you might think that this appliance needs little help from you to stay clean all year long. However, the gasket and drum can become quite dirty and filled with gunk especially if you have hard water. Use white vinegar in place of your regular detergent on an empty load cycle. Then wipe around the gasket and door seals with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. Also see this helpful tip: How to Remove Mildew Odor from your Front Load Washer. If you are having persistent problems with your washing machine not getting your clothes as clean as it once did, you may need appliance repair in Menomonee Falls.
Cleaning Your Clothes Dryer
While the inside of your dryer should stay relatively clean, the dryer’s vent may not be so spic and span. Take out the removable vent in your dryer and vacuum it and around it as well as possible. You should also clean the long dryer hose that vents outside to get rid of lint that could eventually become a fire hazard.
While spring is a great time to clean your home’s appliances, it is also a key time for you to take note of any issues that you may be having with them.
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