Busted! 5 Kitchen Appliances That Could Use A Little TLC
5 Kitchen Appliances That Could Use A Little TLC
If you’re like me, you probably have a few kitchen appliances that could use some TLC. Maybe it’s a dinged-up toaster that hasn’t been cleaned for over six months. Or a blender that got put in the sink with leftover strawberry smoothie caked on. Whatever the case may be, here are five kitchen appliances that desperately need some attention so they can keep up with your busy lifestyle.
1. Air Fryer
It’s important to note that, over time, the interior of the air fryer can get dirty. And this is bad news for your health: a clogged-up machine means that it won’t be able to circulate hot air properly, which means your food will take longer to cook—and could end up dried out or soggy. One way to combat this issue is by cleaning your air fryer every few months (how often you need to do this depends on how much you use it). You can use baking soda and a damp cloth in order to clean the outside surfaces of your appliance or vinegar and water for its interior parts (you’ll want about 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar.)
Toasters can be a bit of a pain to clean. The crevices and nooks are too small for most cleaning tools, so you’re basically left with only one option: elbow grease. This method may take some time (and sore muscles), but it’ll also give you the satisfaction of knowing that your toaster will be safe from crumbs and debris for another year or two.
Be sure that it’s unplugged before cleaning and that it has cooled completely before getting started. If you can, bring the unplugged appliance over to the sink or an open trash can for cleaning. No sense in making more of a crumby mess for yourself to clean up!
Use baking soda and water as an abrasive cleaner, or vinegar diluted with water if no baking soda is available at home. Your goal here is not just cleaning off all visible dirt but also scrubbing down inside crevices where dust and crumbs tend to build up over time–so don’t skimp out on this step!
3. Coffee Maker
Your coffee maker (or life saver to some of us) is an essential part of your morning routine. You rely on it to deliver the perfect cup of coffee every time, but what if you could make that cup even better? A clean coffee maker is a happy and healthy coffee maker—and here’s how to do it:
Every few weeks, run vinegar through the machine to clean out any buildup. Simply fill up with water and add two tablespoons of vinegar for every ounce of water in your machine’s reservoir (equal parts water and vinegar). Let stand for 30 minutes. Run this solution through the brewing cycle as normal and follow with 2-3 cycles of fresh water. (It may take a couple extra to remove the vinegar smell).
4. Blender / Food Processor
In addition to being clogged with food particles, blender motors can become dirty from the oils in fruits and vegetables. The solution? A simple rinse with vinegar or water. If your blender has a removable blade assembly, soak it in warm soapy water for an hour before turning it on high speed to grind up any caked-on gunk. Be sure to follow up by rinsing thoroughly under running water and drying the blades before putting them back together again (you don’t want mold spores growing on your tools).
If you find yourself with an especially stubborn mess on your hands—say, because you’ve been using your blender as a food processor—try this trick: Fill half of a large bowl with hot water and mix in some baking soda until it forms a paste; fill the rest of the bowl halfway with vinegar; add 1/2 cup lemon juice and let sit overnight; then pour contents into your dirty appliance’s reservoir using a funnel; turn on high speed for 30 seconds at least three times over two days.
Dishwashers are a common appliance that gets left in the dust. (No pun intended). Start by cleaning the filter! On some models, you’ll find this filter in the back of your dishwasher. If you don’t see one there, check inside or at the bottom of your machine.
Next, you’ll want to clean the bottom of the dishwasher. Sometimes food can get stuck under it and grow mold or mildew if not cleaned regularly. Make sure to clean around door seals with a toothbrush and soap to keep them soft and effective at preventing leaks over time.
Appliances are the unsung heroes of our kitchens. They make our lives easier until they stop working due to a lack of cleaning and maintenance. For example, you might use your coffee maker every morning and forget about it until you have to clean it out one day when it starts to run slow or smell bad (which can be frustrating). The good news is that most appliances are pretty easy to maintain; they just need some TLC once in a while!
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