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When I was little - I was SUCH a hot mess express. I don't know if its the fact that I'm older - but I can't stand to have a messy house. It literally takes up space in my mind and I can't think in that space until its clean. The same goes for my office desk and work area. I just can't stand it anymore. But, what I HATE doing is deep cleaning, but while moving and looking into getting our own home - I've found that its extremely beneficial to know how to clean your appliances properly so that they maintain their full life-cycle.
This handy dandy Deep Cleaning Guide will help you out with those pesky maintenance cleanings that need to be done on big appliances about once a year. Though it may be annoying and time consuming to do, these tasks add a lot of life back into your used appliances and keep your wallet fatter, longer!
This Deep Cleaning Guide is organized by room and appliance to make it easy to read the laborious instructions and get through it as quickly as possible. Enjoy!
How to Maintain Your Washing Machine + Dryer
Following the tips below, regular maintenance of your washing machine greatly reduces mold and mildew growth and allows you to go longer periods without deep cleaning your washing machine.
1. If you don’t have small children or animals that could gain access, leave your washing machine door open between washes allows the inside to dry more quickly.
2. Limit use of fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and products with fragrance added in. The oils in these products can coat not only the inside of your machine with hard to get off residue – it can attach to your clothes too!
3. If you have a front loader, regularly wipe out the rubber gasket. Regularly clean out the dust catcher on your dryer too.
4. Use appropriate amounts of detergent. Too much can cause build up on the washer, and again on your clothes.
Put away all the clutter. Toys, extra pillows, slippers, books, magazines, etc.
Dust. Dust. Dust. The art frames, books, side tables, coffee tables, media consoles, and curtains. And don’t just dust around the remote.
Remove the remote from the coffee table then dust it and using Dr. Brite Multi-Purpose Wipes to kill germs on your most used living room item!
Using a microfiber cloth, apply Dr. Brite multipurpose cleaner and buff your television and any mirrors. If you use a different type of material or a “wiping” motion rather than a “buffing” motion, you’ll leave streaks.
Remove any furniture you can from the space, then vacuum
Take down and wash your curtains using Puracy Stain Remover for any stains you may have on your curtains or any washable fabric such as furniture fabrics.
If you have area rugs, deep clean them with a rug cleaner or run them through the wash if they’re washer safe. Again, use Puracy Stain Remover for any stains you may have on your rugs.
Put the clutter back where it belongs. The clothes lying on the back of your chair, the shoes in the corner, all of it.
Dust vanities and wardrobes.
Remove chairs, diaper bins, and wastebaskets and vacuum. Replace when done.
Launder your blankets/duvets/comforters. Use Puracy Stain Remover for any stains you may have on your heavier fabric items.
Flip your mattress while all the bedding is off while you're at it!
Dust your windows.
Remove window screens from frames, scrub them with an Dr. Brite multipurpose cleaner and a bristle brush, and leave them to dry in the sun.
Sockets & Switches
When you’re cleaning outlets and switches, be careful with your liquids. Rather than applying a cleaner directly to your sockets and switches, apply a small amount to a cloth and wipe them down or use wipes, like Dr. Brite Multi-Purpose Wipes. Do not scrub. If there is some buildup that needs to be removed, use a dry brush, then wipe with a cloth and cleaner.
Clean the inside/outside of major appliances: dishwasher, oven, refrigerator (see how to clean your big appliances properly below!).
Clean the inside/outside of the microwave.
Wipe down stove top using Dr. Brite Multi-Purpose Wipes. If you have a gas or coiled electric stove, remove the grates and clean them separately in the sink.
Soak oven knobs and racks in the sink.
Sweep and mop the floor.
How to Clean Your Dishwasher the Right Way
1. Turn to simple white vinegar to deodorize your dishwasher while breaking down any grease buildup by placing a full, dishwasher safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run on a normal cycle with hot water once every month to keep the clean vibes flowing.
2. Clean the Food Trap. If you start to notice water pooling on the floor of your dishwasher, clean out your food trap – it could be clogged. When it’s clogged with bits of food too large to fit down the drain, water can back up—causing mold, soap scum, and other unpleasantries. To clear the drain, follow this handy guide or check your dishwasher owner’s manual if the task seems a bit unclear.
3. Don’t forget the dishwasher seals! To keep your dishwasher airtight and working right take a Dr. Brite Multi-Purpose Wipes to the rubber gasket around the door and the detergent dispenser door. This removes any grimy residue that could be causing bad smells or leaks.
4. Wipe down the front of the Dishwasher. Wipe down the front of your dishwasher to remove fingerprints, drips, and smudges using Dr. Brite Multi-Purpose Wipes.
5. Keep your garbage disposal clear. The dishwasher and the disposal drain are often connected in our kitchen sink systems—very few houses have a separate drain for the dishwasher itself—so keeping the disposal clear of major blockages helps prevent backup of dirty water and keeps food particles off your clean dishes.
How to Clean Your Oven
Why Clean Your Oven the Right Way? The aromas of any stuck-on grease or dirt could influence the dish you’re cooking, so you need to clean it every once in a while. Why can’t you just use the self-cleaning option? You can – but, only if you don’t have a lot of build up and you’ve been cleaning your oven (or its new) semi-regularly. When you press the self-clean button, your oven locks and climbs to a high temperature of upwards of 550 degrees. This heat helps to melt and remove your grease and grime, but if you have a large amount of buildup on the bottom, it can backfire and smoke up—and in some cases, start a fire.
How to Clean Your Oven with Baking Soda + Vinegar
Grab a small bowl and mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Tweak the ratio until you have a spreadable paste.
Remove everything from your oven—racks, pizza stone, thermometer, and stove top racks.
Lay out newspapers or paper towels on the floor beneath your oven.
Put on your gloves and using your fingers, spread the paste around the inside of your oven, covering the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners and crevices. If you have an electric oven, don’t put paste on the heating elements. If you have a gas oven, don’t put the paste where the gas comes through. Close the oven when you’re done.
Allow paste to sit for 10 - 12 hours, or overnight.
In the meantime, place racks and stove top racks in your kitchen sink (or bathtub, if you have extra large racks). Sprinkle baking soda on your racks and then pour vinegar on top. This combination will foam. When the foaming stops, plug your sink or tub and run hot water until the racks are fully covered.
Allow racks to sit for 10 - 12 hours, or overnight.
After 10 - 12 hours, put on your gloves again and taking a damp cloth rag, open the oven and wipe down all surfaces. If there are extra sticky spots, use a wet scouring pumice, microfiber sponge, or other abrasive tool to remove all grime.
If there are chunks of paste that won’t come off easily, put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on the chunks. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and foam. Take your damp cloth again and wipe off all foam.
Remove racks from the water and scrub with a cloth rag until all grease and grime is gone. Use the pumice or microfiber sponge on any tough spots.
Dry racks and place them back in the oven.
How to Clean Your Refrigerator
First, remove and hand-wash removable refrigerator shelves, wire racks, and drawers in hot water and mild dish soap. Let any glass components warm up to room temperature before bringing them in contact with hot water; otherwise, they might crack.
For drawers and shelves you can't remove, along with the sides of the internal compartment, grab baking soda and some water. Clean inside your fridge with a mixture of 1 part baking soda and 7 parts water. Beware of commercial cleaners as their scent might transfer to food. Work from top to bottom to prevent drips from landing on already-clean surfaces. Use a toothbrush designated for cleaning or toothpicks to reach cracks and crevices you can't get to with a cloth, such as hinges and other hardware. Wipe everything dry with a clean towel.
How to Clean the Fridge Gasket Pay special attention to the rubber gasket around the fridge door. It needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain a tight seal. Use warm water and liquid dish soap for normal grime and a bleach-based cleaner if you find mold. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. Then coat the seal with a thin layer of petroleum jelly to keep it from drying out.
How to Clean the Fridge Coils Even the parts of the refrigerator you can't see, such as the coils, need cleaning once in a while. Although cleaning refrigerator coils is a bit more intense, completing the chore can help your refrigerator run better and last longer. No matter what make or model you have, the first step in cleaning coils is always unplugging the refrigerator. Then locate the coils (some are on the back of the refrigerator and some are on the underside). Before you do anything else, check your owner's manual for specific instructions. If you can't find it, look online. Most appliance manufacturers have their manuals online and you can find yours by searching for the model number.
If your coils are on the back of the refrigerator, carefully pull the appliance away from the wall. Use a coil brush (a long, skinny brush similar to a bottle cleaning brush) to clean around the coils. Sweep or vacuum any debris on the floor, move the refrigerator back in place, and plug it back in. For models with coils on the bottom of the appliance, remove the grill piece on the front of the refrigerator. Use a coil brush to carefully clean around the coils. Vacuum or sweep up any debris and replace the grill before plugging the appliance back in.
How to Clean a Refrigerator Water Dispenser
To continue enjoying fresh, filtered water from your refrigerator, give the water dispenser a good cleaning from time to time. Like with refrigerator coils, you should consult the owner's manual before cleaning.
The water dispenser tray is prone to water spots and stains. To clean it, wipe the tray down with Aunt Fannie's Cleaning Vinegar and dry. If the tray is removable, take it out and clean it in your sink. Be sure to clean underneath the tray, too. A soft toothbrush can help get in any nooks, crannies, and vents.
Instructions for Clean Bathrooms
Launder your towels and bathmats (every three weeks). Washing these items too often will break down the fibers and cause the fabric to come apart.
If you use a plastic shower liner, replace it, preferably with a reusable liner. Reusable shower liners are machine washable, saving you money and saving the oceans from additional plastic waste
Remove everything from your shower/tub and wet the walls with warm water. Apply a Aunt Fannie's Bathroom Cleaner and let it sit for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes are up, scrub your shower/tub walls with a bristle brush and rinse with warm water
Remove all your toiletries and wipe down the shower rack, soap dishes, sink, faucets, and vanity
Using a microfiber cloth, apply cleaner to your mirror and buff it until the cleaner completely disappears. Other fabrics will leave streaks on your mirror