Cooking appliances are labour-saving devices that can easily become labour-demanding devices, if we don’t take care of them the right way. We will be giving away some do-it-yourself for taking care of three of your favourite cooking appliances.
1. The Refrigerator: How many of us actually think that refrigerators actually produce cold that keeps our food items chilled? Well, if that’s what you thought, you’re absolutely wrong. Refrigerators actually remove heat, thus leaving only cold sufficient to preserve food. This is possible due to the coils at their back. When was the last time you cleaned them, or even bothered to look at them? The truth is the dustier they get, the harder it is for fridges to remove heat, which is probably why you’ve been complaining lately that your fridge hasn’t been working well. Just get out a clean rag or a vacuum cleaner and see the magic happen.
2. The Coffeemaker: Would you drink coffee from a year ago? Definitely No. Then why would you use your coffee machine almost everyday without properly cleaning it? You might say, ‘but I rinse it after every use’. If you use just water, then its as good as nothing. The residues will still be trapped in the coffeemaker. The proper blend for a good clean is white vinegar and water in equal ratios. Pour this mix into the coffee machine and run it through one cycle. Pour it out and repeat the process two more times. Then use 100% water to rinse it. Voila! You have a squeaky clean machine.
3. Oven/Hot Plate: While using this, there is the tendency for food to spill on the sides. You should ensure that when this happens, the food is wiped off before it burns on the surface of the hot plate. Even if it does, ensure to scrape off the burn once you’re done cooking. For the oven itself, cleaning should not be an annual ritual. This should at least, a monthly exercise. In doing this, sprinkle baking soda all over the sides of the oven. Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray all over the soda to form a paste on all the sides of the oven. Let this sit for 20 minutes, then scrub it off till you no longer feel grime in the oven.