Simple tips for cleaning kitchen appliances

Narrow white and yellow kitchen with cabinets close upKitchens are where meals are created and memories are made. They’re gathering places for family and friends. It’s where we go to sneak a midnight snack. Kitchens serve a lot of purposes, and the appliances within them work hard every single day. When’s the last time you cleaned the inside of your microwave, or de-crumbed your toaster?

Keep your kitchen appliances in tip-top condition with these simple maintenance tips. You only need a few household items to give your gadgets a proper cleaning. Let’s get to it!


This little appliance is a haven for crumbs and little bits of burnt toast. If your toaster has a crumb tray, remove it and wash it in warm soapy water. If it doesn’t, turn it upside-down and gently shake it to remove loose crumbs. Use vinegar and a soft cloth to wash the outside. Pro Tip: Wait until your toaster is completely cool (and unplugged) before cleaning it. Use a toothbrush to dislodge any stubborn crumbs.


Wash away stubborn splatters without even breaking a sweat. In a microwave-safe bowl, mix a cup of water with one-half cup of vinegar. Microwave for three minutes, and wait a few minutes longer for the steam to fully penetrate stains and splatters. Simply wipe the inside with a paper towel. Pro Tip: Keep an eye on your microwave while the water and vinegar mixture is heating up. If too much steam builds up, the pressure might cause your microwave door to bust open on its own accord.

Garbage Disposal

Freeze vinegar into ice cubes and grind them up in your garbage disposal. It’s an easy, green-friendly way to both deodorize and scrub the blades and pipes. Pro Tip: For a fresh scent, cut half of a lemon into medium-sized pieces and let your garbage disposal devour it.


Remove the racks and wash them in warm soapy water. Food can get trapped in the holes of the spinning arms. Use a toothpick to clean them out. Pro Tip: Sprinkle one cup of baking soda over the bottom of the dishwasher and run a quick hot-water cycle to deodorize and remove any residue.