clean your large ap­pli­ances

You spend a lot of money on them, so keep them work­ing at their best with th­ese sim­ple tips…

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Get your white goods sparkling again

1 START WITH THE WASH­ING MA­CHINE

First, re­move the drawer and scrub it clean of any residue us­ing an old tooth­brush and hot soapy water. re­place it, add 250ml of white vine­gar to the drum and run a hot water cy­cle. When fin­ished, open the door and wipe around the seal us­ing a damp cloth to re­move any hair or lint and give the whole ex­te­rior a wipe down, too.

2 TACKLE THE DISH­WASHER

re­move the lower rack and fish any trapped bits of food out of the drain. re­place the rack and pour 250ml of vine­gar into the bot­tom, then start a hot cy­cle. When that’s fin­ished, sprin­kle the base with around 100g of bi­car­bon­ate of soda and run an­other hot cy­cle. When done, wipe a cloth around the door seal and over the front door of the ma­chine.

3 SCRUB THE OVEN

if you clean yours reg­u­larly and it just needs fresh­en­ing up, mix 2tsp bak­ing soda with a few drops of water to make a paste, cover the in­side of your oven with it and leave overnight. the next day, spritz the sur­face with white vine­gar (it’ll foam up) then scrub away the residue. if your oven is re­ally dirty, you could opt for one of the many chem­i­cal oven cleaner kits on the mar­ket. Look for one that has bags to put your oven racks into, to make them eas­ier to clean – and al­ways wear gloves.

4 CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE FREEZER

First, un­plug it and re­move the freezer draw­ers, cov­er­ing them with a few tea towels to help keep the con­tents cold. Leave your freezer door open to de­frost any build-up of ice. re­move the con­tents from your fridge. Wash the draw­ers and shelves in warm soapy water and leave to dry. Wipe the doors and seals, then re­place the fridge con­tents. chip away at any ice de­posits in the freezer us­ing a plas­tic spat­ula be­fore re­plac­ing the draw­ers. clean the coil at the back with a vac­uum that has a dust­ing at­tach­ment. Plug back in.

get your ap­pli­ances look­ing (and work­ing) like new with reg­u­lar clean­ing

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