The major appliances in your home are valuable for several reasons. First, they come with a hefty price tag. They also save you time and energy throughout your day. Finally, it’s a huge inconvenience when they are not working, or aren’t working as well as they once did. So, it’s worth your time to do a little preventive maintenance to keep your appliances clean and running at full capacity.
Fridges are used a lot, and therefore they need special attention. Here are some quick cleaning necessities that can extend their lifespan:
- Clean the coils: Use a brush to remove dust and lint.
- Eliminate odors: If you had something stinky in there, remove the smell using baking soda, charcoal, or newspapers.
- Clean the gaskets: The seals around your refrigerator doors can get dirty or even moldy, so it’s important to clean them often..
Keep your stove top and oven in tip-top condition with these tips:
- Calibration: Use your owner’s manual and oven-safe thermometer to establish accurate temperatures.
- Clean up spills: If your pot boils over, clean it up immediately so that you can get down through all the layers.
- Burner contacts: Your electric burners won’t heat properly if they don’t have good contacts.
Your garbage disposal is a useful kitchen tool that requires some quick maintenance, such as:
- Clean the flaps: If the disposal has an odor, lift the splash guard flaps and scrub the gunk off of the underside.
- Start over: If the disposal overheats or stops, your first remedy should be to try the reset button on the bottom.
Washers and Dryers
The workhorse of your home are the washer and dryer. Here’s how to treat them with some TLC:
- Don’t overload the washer: Stuffed machines don’t clean clothes and risk burning out the motor.
- Be gentle with the doors: You don’t want to break the lid or door switches; they are expensive to have to replace.
- Lint trap care: Don’t just remove the lint; scrub the screen to get off invisible residue.
With these simple care and cleaning tips, you can extend the life of your expensive major appliances. Do you have any additional tried and true care tips to add? Leave them in the comments!
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