Great Tips On Easily Cleaning Household Appliances

For some people, our San Clemente Realtors often say cleaning is as natural as walking and breathing. But for others, it takes effort and probably some better understanding that we’re currently not getting the clear picture of.

After all, it’s not such a big deal to clean a microwave, but for some reason it feels like it takes a long time.

Here are some tips from our Laguna Niguel Real Estate Agents to help clean everything useful in your kitchen.


Pre-prep Work: Our San Clemente Real Estate Agents suggest you put a coffee mug or small bowl full of water and slices of lemon in the center and run the microwave on high for about three minutes, or until the liquid is turning to steam.

This will help soften food splatter and the lemon smells nice. You can also use other citrus fruits or forego it entirely and use a drop of dish soap.

Break It Down: Our San Clemente Real Estate Agents suggest you take out the turntable and anything else that will come loose. Toss these parts in the dishwasher and run it. Or wait if you have other stuff to stick in there and make it a full load.

The Dirty Stuff: In addition, our San Clemente Real Estate Agents suggest you wipe down the walls of the microwave with a sponge, cloth or a handful of paper towels, plus your favorite dish soap and water or all purpose cleaner.

There’s not really a wrong way to clean a microwave. Furthermore, make sure you wipe the outside while you’re at it, more then anything if there are buttons.

Garbage Disposal

Pre-prep Work: Unless you have a clog, there’s not much in the way of prep work to do. Our San Clemente Real Estate Agents recommend you flick the switch and run some cold water to make sure there’s not any food left in the device.

Break It Down: Some garbage disposals have removable baffles (the black part that’s just inside the drain). If yours is removable, our Laguna Niguel Realtors suggest you take it out. If not, then move along.

The Dirty Stuff: Cleaning a garbage disposal is really a seamless thing to do. Just clean your removable baffle, if present, and toss some citrus fruit inside.

Most garbage disposals no longer use blades (don’t stick your hand in to find out unless the breaker is turned off), so the ice cube trick does nothing, but citrus is still a big deal. If it’s really smelly, drop some liquid dish soap inside and run the water until the bubbles stop.


Pre-prep Work: Our San Clemente Real Estate Agents say that running an empty load with a measuring cup full of vinegar or bleach can help start the process off right. These chemicals help get rid of chronic smells, you’ll be really happy you did. Our San Clemente Realtors suggest you DO NOT USE DISH SOAP.

Break It Down: Moreover, our San Clemente Realtors suggest you remove the racks and anything else that comes loose, such as cutlery baskets. Take those to the shower and wait for further instructions.

The Dirty Stuff At the start, make sure to clean any screens that might be protecting food grinders or other moving parts. You can just wipe that out. Next, there’s such a thing as dishwasher cleaner.

Your life will be immeasurably easier if you just buy a few of these and use as directed to clean the inside of the dishwasher.

Lastly, go find those racks you put in the shower. Spray them down with a removable shower head or take your chances with the typical kind. If they’re very dirty, give them a going over with soapy water and a sponge. Make sure you also wipe the outside.


Pre-prep Work: Put food into a prepared cooler and turn the ice maker off.

Break It Down: Pull out all the shelves and drawers at once and place them in or near the sink.

The Dirty Stuff Our San Clemente Real Estate Agents suggest you start with the empty fridge cavity and wipe everything down, from the top to the bottom. Warm, soapy water is fine for most residue, tough grime can be knocked out with all-surface cleaner. Following that, do the door interiors.

Now wash the shelves and drawers and leave them to dry. Once all of that is complete, put the fridge back together and repeat with the freezer.

Finally, make sure you change your water filter and turn the ice maker back on when you’re done. Our San Clemente Real Estate Agents suggest you wipe the fridge outside down last.

Freestanding Range (this also applies to cooktops and ovens that exist independently)

Pre-prep Work: Smooth top ranges just need their tops wiped down. Turn the pilot lights off on gas ranges.

Break It Down: Pull knobs, remove grates, pull coils and catch pans, as applies to your stove.

The Dirty Stuff If you have a stove with a self-cleaning oven, find your manual and figure out how to use it.

Most will lock themselves, heat until they’re super hot and you only have to wipe the racks down and get the ash (there’s never much) out of the bottom. This will take a few hours. Maybe several hours. But it’ll be super clean.

For the top, our San Clemente Realtors suggest you wipe the bit that’s not removable down with soapy water. Grab the coils and set them aside and put the rest in the dishwasher. No reason to work to an extreme.

Our San Clemente Real Estate Agents often say that glass top stoves sometimes need harder cleaning. There’s a gritty glass top stove cleaner available commercially.

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