Why Cleaning Home Appliances Isn't Just for the Springtime

Why Cleaning Home Appliances Isn't Just for the Springtime
Clean home appliances such as dryers by removing debris and dust from the lint trap after every cycle. This is especially important, as excess debris can be a fire hazard.

With winter soon upon us, there are a number of things we can do to make sure our home appliances are in their best working order. While this includes preparing your barbecue for storage, there are also other home and kitchen appliances that we use more when the weather starts to turn colder. You can help to maintain these appliances by giving them a thorough cleaning now, instead of waiting for the snow to melt.


Bye Bye Barbecue, Hello Cook Range

While some of us are so desperate for a grilled streak that we’ll even go outside to barbecue while a winter storm is blowing, most of us prefer to do our cooking indoors when the temperature outside falls below zero. That’s why it’s important to maintain and clean your gas ranges, electric ovens, ceramic or glass cooktops, or whatever other cooking appliances you use the most in winter. Most of these appliances come with cleaning manuals.

A rule of thumb is to use specially designed cleaners and cloths, or try using this all-safe natural cleaning method that you can make up at home:

  • Scape burnt pieces off the cooktop and inside the oven with a plastic scrubber
  • Mix 5 tablespoons of water with one cup of baking soda, stir to make a paste and add paste to the stove/oven and let sit for a few hours or overnight before removing.
  • Wipe down the burners and inside the oven with warm water and a few drops of white vinegar added to a soft cloth or use a rubber spatula to remove any stuck on bits.


Defrost Before the Frost

Your refrigerator is one of the most used appliances in your home. You can prolong the life of your fridge by regularly cleaning it more than once a year.

This includes: 

  • Wiping down shelves and the door gaskets and checking for any tears and cracks that may be letting air out of your fridge.
  • Pulling your fridge away from the wall and removing dust and debris from the condenser coils.
  • Defrosting your freezer and giving it a thorough cleaning before you stuff it full with that frozen bird for Christmas dinner. 


Hang up the Line

While using the laundry line to hang damp clothes, sheets and towels is a great way to save electricity, it’s something we can’t do all year long as Canadians. Appliances that clean and dry our clothes were invented for a few reasons:

  1. To save our sanity.
  2. To help us from freezing our knickers, quite figuratively, in the dead of winter.

That’s why it’s important to clean and maintain washers and dryers throughout the winter months, as we do tend to use these appliances more at this time of year. A little cleaning will not only help you cut down on those electricity bills, it can also prevent hazards such as fires, especially in your dryer.


Cleaning your Washer: 

  • To break up minerals and deposits in your washer, run a cup of vinegar through the warm cycle.
  • Use a clean rag with a 50/50 mix of hot water and vinegar to clean out the mould and mildew on the rubber gasket on a front-load washer
  • Remove detergent dispensers and give them a good scrubbing
  • Air out your empty washer by leaving the door open between cycles


Cleaning your Dryer: 

  • Remove debris from your dryer’s lint trap filter after every cycle
  • Vacuum the lint trap housing or hole in the dryer
  • Pull the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the dryer duct
  • Use a long-bristle brush or your vacuum brush attachment to clean debris and lint from your dryer vent
  • Make sure to reattach the vent duct properly


For more information on maintaining your appliances, read 4 DIY Home Appliances Maintenance and Repair Tips.


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