Tips for cleaning the refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer and dishwasher.

The refrigerator and stove


Unfortunately, there is no substitute for pulling out these appliances every six months or so to clean behind and under them, said Eileen Knapik, co-owner of Dustbusters, a cleaning service serving the Fox Valley area of Illinois. However, regular cleaning of every spot you can reach with a rag or a vacuum can go a long way. Regularly wipe down the rubber casings on the refrigerator door to ensure that no food is trapped there. Not only will that keep the fridge clean, it will keep it running efficiently. “If you’ve got a crumb there, it’s going to let air out,” Knapik said.


The washer and dryer


The washer rarely needs much attention, Knapik said. If it looks dirty, a wipe-down with an all-purpose cleaner is all it needs. The dryer, however, should get some regular attention from the vacuum cleaner. In addition to emptying the lint trap after every use, vacuum as far as you can down inside it on a regular basis. Failing to do so may result in a fire hazard.


The dishwasher


Contrary to what you might think, a dishwasher is not self-cleaning, Knapik said. Hard water can build up, clogging the machinery, leading to food deposits stuck on dishes and, ultimately, a broken dishwasher. Luckily, cleaning the dishwasher can be as easy as running it. There are products, such as Glisten (which retails for less than $5), that you simply put in and run a cycle. You can also clean the dishwasher by putting a cup of white vinegar in the bottom and running a cycle with the hottest water possible.


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