You cannot deny that household appliances have made your life so much easier. Every household chore seems to be a piece of cake when you can count on these amazing appliances, right? Nevertheless, not everything is ideal as you expected. These machines can break down if you don’t take the proper care.
So, how can household appliances break?
You must know that household appliances like refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, and so on, not only get damaged because they’re old but also because of improper use and care. The main idea is to put these electronic home devices to good use so they can properly fulfill their overall functions instead of spending money on new ones. We’re sure you don’t want that!
Here, you will find 7 maintenance tips on how to avoid damages to your household appliances. Don’t worry, they’re easy and mainly involve using them properly and keeping them clean.
Keep on reading and let’s get on with it!
Avoid overloading the washing machine
First of all, you need to know that overloading the washing machine can make the laundry be unbalanced in the drum, and this is not right! When this happens, this appliance cannot perform its function well.
Here are some steps you should follow to make the most out of your washing machine:
Read the appliance’s manual to determine the capacity of the washing machine. (They can normally hold up to 12 to 16 pounds of laundry.)
Use a bag and fill it with the laundry you want to wash.
Compare the weight of the bagged laundry with the washing machine’s capacity. If you find that there is an excessive amount of laundry, you must remove it from the bag.
Finally, empty the bag in the washing machine. Make sure the load stays balanced so as not to damage the device and to avoid unnecessary strains on the appliance.
Clean the refrigerator coils
Sometimes, you will find that your refrigerator stops working. But don’t worry! This is very common, especially on a hot day. Here are a few steps you can follow to clean your fridge so stuff like that doesn’t happen:
Turn your refrigerator off at the circuit breaker.
Remove the cover panel for a better view of the coils and cooling fins.
With the help of a long narrow nozzle on your vacuum and a refrigerator coil brush, remove all the dust and debris.
Use the brush and slide it between the coils. Also, use a rag to wipe dust from surfaces.
Put the cover back on, and then, plug the refrigerator’s electrical cord back in.
That’s it! Doing this periodically can help you extend your fridge’s useful life.
Remove baked-on food and spills from your microwave
Baked-on food and spills are some of the reasons why microwaves stop working correctly. Follow these steps and we assure you that this is one of the easiest cleaning missions you will ever undertake! All you have to do is:
Leave the microwave open for a few minutes in order to let the mess dry.
Fill a measuring cup with 1 cup of water and add a slice of lemon.
Heat the water in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
Leave the appliance closed to let the steam loosen the mess.
Open the door after 10 minutes, and wipe away the grime with a clean rag. You will see that it comes off easily and everything is in order!
Keep your dishwasher clean
You will find it ironic that the dishwashing tool also needs to be cleaned itself. But yeah, stuff like grease and food remnants, among other things, pass through this appliance providing a breeding ground for germs and reducing the efficiency of dishwashers.
Here are 3 steps you should follow to get a clean dishwasher:
Clear the drain: Remove the bottom dish rack. You have to check the dishwasher drain to remove any gunk or food caught there.
Vinegar wash: On the upper rack of the machine, place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container. Then, run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle which will wash away all the grease and grime in there.
Baking soda rinse: This is the last step you should follow. You just need to sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher. Start to run a short hot-water cycle again, and that’s it!
CLEANING THE STOVE
You already know that stoves can easily get dirty from bits of food that spills while you’re cooking. But don’t worry! Here there is a two-step solution to remove any grease or bits of food with vinegar and baking soda:
Finished! You will see that every food stain has disappeared.
Keep your electric kettle clean
You already noticed that vinegar has the power to clean any appliance efficiently. That’s why it is also essential for cleaning the electric kettle. All you have to do is this:
Unplug the kettle.
In a bowl, mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
Allow the solution to sit in the kettle for at least half an hour.
Pour out the vinegar solution and wash the kettle with clean water.
Once the vinegar solution is removed, leave the kettle to air-dry on your dish rack.
Voila! Your kettle is clean and ready for use.
Get your toaster cleaned up
The toaster is one of those appliances that we love the most. You can make a sandwich any time of the day and that’s exactly why you have to look after this morning must-have appliance. Here are a few steps you should follow to keep it functioning in tip-top shape:
Like we mentioned before: all appliances should be unplugged before they get cleaned up. So first, unplug your toaster.
Clean the interior first. Use a toothbrush to clean out the particles on the inside of the toaster to remove all the dust and crumbs that might be caught there.
Clean the exterior of the toaster by wiping it down with a damp cloth soaked in vinegar. Also, you can use baking soda to scrub stains off gently.
At JobJar, we are aware of the importance of keeping your household appliances fully functional to avoid buying new and expensive devices. Follow these tips and we assure you that your family and your pocket will thank you! And of course, if in spite of all your care they still break down, you can always call one of our Skilled Doers from the “Appliance” section to fix it… Just get it done!