31-Day Clean House Challenge: Day 7 — Kitchen: Clean Large Appliances

Yesterday ended up being so busy, I didn’t have time to do much more than a 15-minute declutter. But I at least did that! How is the challenge going for you? Are you building any good habits (like doing that quick 15-minute declutter with a timer regularly?).

Clean House Challenge — Day 7: Clean Large Kitchen Appliances
I purged, cleaned, and organized the interiors of the fridge and freezer on Day 6. (See after photo on my Facebook Page.) But I didn’t clean the exterior of it because I knew that could wait until today.

The side of the kitchen I haven’t shown yet.

In my previous house, my major kitchen appliances were white—because I liked the fact that they helped keep the kitchen nice and bright in an older house without more than a standard two-bulb ceiling fixture. When I bought this house a year ago, it came with a complete package of black appliances (and while they look like a suite from a single manufacturer, every single one is a different brand).

Something I’ve discovered about black appliances over the past year is that, like stainless steel, they show everything—every smudge, droplet, finger print, etc. Which stinks, from a standpoint of physically having to clean it, but is great, I suppose, because it means it shows that it needs to be cleaned more often. But even though I wipe the surfaces with a disposable kitchen wipe every other day or so, there are areas that get neglected.

For example, the tray under the ice/water dispenser:

The handles on the fridge/freezer doors:

Or the front of the dishwasher:

And how often do you do a deep cleaning of the interior of your microwave or dishwasher?

The nice thing about most of these appliances is that—if you don’t want to use a commercial cleaning spray (I used Lysol’s all-surface cleaner)—they’re easy enough to wipe down with some warm vinegar-water and dry off with paper towels, if necessary.

Don’t forget to clean “under the hood” of the stove!

For those places that cannot just be wiped down, here’s what I did:

  • For the microwave: After wiping it out with a damp cloth, soak a washcloth in a solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar (dripping wet). Place this on a paper plate in the microwave and nuke it for five minutes. Let it sit closed for at least another seven to ten minutes—or until the wash cloth is still hot but can be handled with bare hands without burning. Use the cloth to wipe out the interior of the microwave. If this hasn’t gotten all of the caked-on gunk, repeat the process.
  • For the dishwasher: After unloading the clean dishes, add one packet of unsweetened lemonade drink mix powder to the detergent dish and run a full wash cycle. Read more about this method on WikiHow.
  • For the interior of the oven: I’ve only used the oven a few times in the year I’ve lived here. So it already looked pretty clean to me. I did a quick wipe with a dry cloth, and then set it on self-clean overnight.
  • For the stove drip pans: After removing the burners and drip pans, I wiped out anything loose from the drip pans, then filled the sink with hot water and added a dryer sheet and a few squirts of liquid dish soap. After soaking for a couple of hours, the burned-on stuff came off using the scouring side of a dish sponge.


Once you’re finished, enjoy the sparkle!

Have you started your challenge yet? What successes have you had in the challenge so far?

About Kaye Dacus

Kaye Dacus Academic Editor (at NCU). Published Author (11 novels, dozens of articles, essays, poems). Prolific Procrastinator. www.kayedacus.com
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