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Give your appliances the TLC they deserve after Christmas

Now is the time to give your appliances the attention they deserve after working hard over the Christmas season.

We’re all guilty of a spotless kitchen and dirty appliances, hoping prying eyes will not see inside the grimy oven or smell the whiff of the stagnant dishwasher.

So, show your appliances a little cleaning love, and they’ll thank you by looking and performing better.

Oven & Hob

The build-up of burnt food and grease can make your oven less efficient and a gloomy glass door makes it difficult to keep an eye on your bakes.

Most ovens have self-cleaning options, so we’d recommend taking advantage of it and letting it do the hard work for you!

But there are a few parts the self-clean option doesn’t reach, such as the grease around the door frame and sneaky crumbs between the hinges. Simply wipe them with vinegar or soapy water.

Don’t forget to remove the shelves and give them a good scrub with a toothbrush and soapy water.

Top-top: Make a habit of wiping spills quickly after using the oven, and you may never have to scrub it again!

For the hob, again a toothbrush is an excellent tool to remove food build-up especially for gas and electric hobs. Fill your sink with soapy water and leave the burners and rings in the solution to loosen up the grime. Use a glass cleaner to brighten up sleek induction hobs.

Top-tip: Use a hoover nozzle attachment to suck up crumbs in the hard-to-reach areas of your oven and hob.

Fridge Freezer

After eating the contents of your fridge freezer over the festive period, now is the time to give it the attention it deserves.

Take everything out and give it a full wipe down with a little soapy water, not forgetting the rubber seal that collects crumbs and spills.

Top-tip: Lemons can be used to clean and deodorize your fridge (perfect after all that Christmas cheese!) squeeze a little on your cleaning cloth for that fresh lemony scent.

Neglect is the top cause of a fridge freezer failure – don’t forget to hoover the unit’s compressor coils (at least twice a year) located at the back/bottom of the appliance. It’s crucial in keeping the appliance cool.

Top-tip: Your fridge should be set at 40 degrees – it’s cold enough to delay bacteria growth and to prolong the lifespan of food.

Microwave

Regular cleaning should prolong the life of your microwave, and what’s the easiest way to clean it?

In a microwave-safe bowl add water and a lemon cut in half. Put it inside the appliance and turn it off when the liquid has started to boil. This steamy sensation should make it easier to wipe away caked-on food. But once stopped, don’t let the steam escape, keep the door shut for a few minutes to let it work its magic.

Top-tip: To clean the narrow microwave vents, use a cotton bud with a small amount of soapy water.

Dishwasher

Your dishwasher is bound to be dirty after all those platter dishes, glasses and cutlery from the biggest meal of the year! At the end of the day, it will save you money the more you keep it maintained and clean.

To ensure it’s running smoothly, check the drain, pump area and spray arms in the bottom of the machine for debris and wipe the seal around the door. These areas can get clogged with bits of food, which prevents the unit from draining.

Run the dishwasher on its hottest self-cleaning setting. Afterwards, simply wipe down with some fresh lemon and warm water to absorb any nasty smells and break down scum.

Top-tip: To kill the bacteria, you should run the self-cleaning cycle once every two months and make sure your machine is empty before doing so!

There you have it; your kitchen will be looking spick and span in no time… and don’t forget to keep on top of it as much as possible.

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