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Handy hacks to clean and refresh home appliances


As we juggle chaotic schedules, we often forgo a deeper level of household clean for a quick tidy. While this might sustain a relatively livable space, it may have unexpected consequences. Take your appliances, for example. Built-up grime from months of neglect can compromise their performance and longevity. But with these simple solutions, your appliances will be working and looking like new in no time.

Dishwasher. Your dishwasher works hard to clean your dishes, but it could benefit from a monthly cleaning to help eradicate old, stubborn food particles and prevent odours. Toss a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of the empty dishwasher and run on normal cycle. For dishes that shine, be sure to use a rinse aid and avoid over-crowding.

Refrigerator. You can hide the state of your refrigerator from company, but over time spills and odours have a way of getting noticed. For a quick fix, use baking soda and water to clean removable parts and shelving. To banish that funky smell, place a box of baking soda or activated charcoal inside the fridge. Replace the box or container monthly. Dusting or vacuuming compressor coils twice a year helps to extend the service life of your fridge.

Portable spot cleaner. A convenient and practical solution to life's every day spills and accidents is a portable spot cleaner. Over time, however, filter hoses can accumulate grime and residue, causing unpleasant odour. Avoid this by choosing a unit with a self-clean function.

Microwave. To banish nasty odours and make caked-on residue easy to wipe away, stir six tablespoons of baking soda (or half a cup lemon juice) into a cup of water, then heat the mixture on high for two to three minutes in your microwave. The steam helps soften the mess, then just wipe clean.

Repeat regularly to keep your appliances in tip-top shape.

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