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