Keeping Appliances Clean

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Sometimes a very simple routine can help you keep up with your cleaning chores. This page is about keeping appliances clean.


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October 25, 2011

I have always kept my washer and dryer clean. I've noticed many people clean all their other appliances, but ignore their laundry buddies! When I do a load of laundry, as the water is running, I use a piece of the laundry (something like a shirt that's not really dirty,) get it wet and wipe off the inside and outside of the lid, the top and controls of the washer and then use the laundry cap to rinse everything. I use a towel to dry the outside off, use the same towel to wipe the top and controls of the dryer. They both look like new all the time!

I also clean my vacuum every time I use it. Using one of my old cleaning cloths, I wet the cloth and, after using and unplugging the vacuum, I clean all the dust on the outside of it. For some reason, vacuums attract dust while you use them and they get dirty very fast.


Another thing I clean that most people forget about is cords. Whenever I use a tool or appliance (whether kitchen appliance, like a blender, or tool like a drill,) I use a soapy rag to wipe the cord at the same time I am cleaning the tool or appliance (make sure it is unplugged.)

This is something I've done my whole life out of a habit my father taught me and it really helps keep things clean and neat. If you look at most appliances, you might be surprised at how dirty the cords are, even if the appliance is spotless!

Also, make sure you wind cords carefully, either around the appliance or tool, or fold them on themselves, but not too tight as this can cause a short in the cord (use a large rubber band if you need to to keep the cord together. :-)

By Apriliris from AL

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November 10, 2009

I keep those shoe polish rags (the ones the fancy hotels give out to their guests in the room with the soap and shampoo) on my dryer. When dust and detergent accumulates, I run it under the water filling the washer, wipe down the washer and dryer and throw it in with the load I'm washing. After it's dry, it goes back in a basket on top of the dryer ready for the next time the appliances need a good wiping down.


By Jazzy from Ellicott City

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Try this when starting a load to wash. While water is filling the washing machine, I take a wet cloth from the load, wring the water out and use it to wipe down the inside and outside of the washing machine and also the outside of the dryer. This is an easy way to keep both appliances clean. When I finish, I just put the cloth back in the machine and close the lid. No extra cloth is needed for this touch up cleaning.

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April 27, 2005

I've found a way to keep the exterior surfaces of my washer and dryer cleaner most of the time, and it's almost effortless!

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How do we keep white appliances like our refrigerator looking like new?

By Krissttina Isobe from Honolulu, HI


June 9, 20110 found this helpful
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I just wipe mine down regularly. The fridge doesn't need it as frequently as the oven. Depending on what I've been cooking, I might need to wipe the top of the oven every day or every other day. I spritz it with my Caldrea multipurpose cleaner (environmentally kind), load the dishwasher, and then I go back and wipe the oven.


Normally it takes just a minute.

If something happens and I haven't kept up with it, then the job becomes more difficult. The drips have dried on and it takes more time and scrubbing. So it's just easier to do frequently.

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June 9, 20110 found this helpful
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You can also spritz it with automotive polish.

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June 12, 20110 found this helpful
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Spray hydrogen peroxide and then wipe. Simple Green, Mean Green, or Greased Lightning work well too. Goo Gone if you have sticky stuff, then wipe with wet sponge.

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June 22, 20110 found this helpful
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Hi everyone:
I found the solutions to my problems! To keep your white refrigerators looking like new just use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it just glistens like new and keeps it all white too! It was so great. Tp my astonishment it cleaned the spot and brought the refrigerator to the original painted look.


My refrigerator is all white with white handles too. To protect the handles I wrap it with Saran Wrap and secure the wrap with 3 pieces of Scotch tape and it holds until a new wrap to keep the handle like new too. Thanks and I hope these handy tips helps you too.

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