deep clean your small appliances
Give your kitchen electricals a much-needed once-over and get them sparkling again
Give your kitchen electricals a once-over and get them sparkling again
1. Start with the kettle
If you live in a hard-water area, limescale will gradually fur up the heating element of your kettle and it’ll take longer to boil. Use a shop-bought descaler or try a natural method using equal parts water and white vinegar. Fill the kettle three quarters full, bring to the boil and then allow to cool. Drain the water, rinse several times and boil again so there’s no aftertaste.
2. Tackle the toaster
Unplug and let the toaster cool down. Remove the crumb tray (if it has one) and shake out crumbs or turn the toaster upside down over the sink or dustbin and shake gently. Use a small, soft brush to dislodge any crumbs inside – never use metal utensils to clean inside a toaster.
3. Steam the microwave
Fill a small bowl with water and a couple of lemon slices and microwave on high for three minutes. Leave to stand for five minutes with the door closed, so that the steam inside loosens dried- on food. Use a damp cloth to wipe the interior clean, including the door seal and window. Remove the turntable; wash separately.
4. Declog the coffee maker (or pod machine)
Coffee makers can harbour hidden bacteria inside if not cleaned regularly. Clean bean-to-cup and pod machines with de- calcifying products, following the instructions. With traditional filter coffee makers, wash the carafe, lid and filter basket daily in sudsy water, and also de- calcify the reservoir monthly (depending on how often you use it) by running a solution of water and white vinegar through it, leaving to stand for 30 minutes, and flushing with hot water.
5. Get the smoothie maker sparkling
Clean out the jar of your smoothie maker or blender each time you use it by whizzing up some hot soapy water. If it starts to dull due to scale build-up, do the same but with a solution of lemon juice,
2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda and a little water. Then rinse it clean.
6. Clean out the sandwich press
Switch off and unplug the press before putting water near it. Fill a bowl with warm water and add half a teaspoon of dishwashing soap. Soak a sponge or cloth in the water and gently rub the plates until clean. Take care not to use too much water to protect the electrical components of the press.