How To Keep Your Kitchen Top Appliances Looking Tip Top
In an ideal world, we’d all have kitchens and kitchen cupboards big enough to pack away every appliance at the end of the day. Alternatively, they’d stay so spotlessly clean, we’d be proud to have them all on show.
Unfortunately, it’s those kitchen top appliances that sometimes let us down when we want a spotless living space, because they tend to be a magnet for missed splashes, stubborn food particles, and inevitable spillages.
That stand food mixer that whipped up your favourite cake mix yesterday. That bread maker that’s in use daily and that you accidentally tip yeast and sugar over now and then. It all mounts up if you don’t give things a regular deep clean. Sometimes it can even put people off using home coffee machines because of the mess involved.
We want you to use your kitchen appliances, so here are a few hints to help you keep them cleaner. That way, you don’t have to shove them all under the stairs when your house proud frenemy comes round for coffee.
Let’s start with blenders. If yours is dishwasher-proof, then simply unscrew the glass container and stack it carefully with the rest of the washing up. If you’re rushed, just put the blades in too, and give the remaining unit a wipe over, being careful to avoid the electrical parts. But bear in mind is that putting the blades in the dishwasher can sometimes blunt them, so you might be better off doing that by hand. Watch out. They can be sharp. If you don’t have a dishwasher, or for blenders that need cleaning by hand, try blending a solution of hot water and washing-up liquid for a few seconds. The base can be cleaned with baking soda and a damp cloth.
Home coffee machines are everybody’s favourite kitchen top appliance. But when it comes to cleaning, there are a lot of small parts to consider. Make sure it’s cold to start with, and then remove the filter, and use liquid detergent in warm water and a soft cloth to wipe over everything. If you want to clean stains from the glass jug, you can try a mix of crushed ice, salt and water. Rinse thoroughly before you use it again. To clean metal tubes on a percolator, you'll need a specialist brush, which you’ll use a weak detergent solution.
If you’re a family with a 4 slice toaster, crumbs will be a constant issue. Unplug it first, and never put it in water. Hopefully, your model has a removable crumb tray. Otherwise, turn the whole unit upside down, and give it a shake - preferably in the garden to feed the birds. Wipe down the exterior and it’ll be ready for tomorrow’s breakfast.
It’s always worth cleaning kitchen appliances as you go along, so get into the habit of wiping things over, washing any intricate removable parts before the food dries, and having to hand the right brushes and implements to reach into problem places. Your kitchen will look fresher, your appliances will look more inviting, and you’ll be all the more inspired to use them to create something delicious.
- Ben Moore