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April 12, 2014

Spring clean your cleaning appliances for upkeep

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Garbage Disposal and Sink Drains• Pour one half cup of baking soda down the kitchen drain. Carefully pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain on top of the baking soda. Place the drain stopper in the sink to close off the drain. If you have a double sink, you should do this for both of them. The mixture will fizz and make a bit of noise. Allow this to work its magic for a few minutes while you boil some hot water. Pour a full pan of boiling water down each drain.• Maintaining a clean garbage disposal using the above method will help to keep it smelling fresh and odor free. You can also clean the cutting blades by placing several ice cubes in the drain and grinding them. If you want to add a little bit of scent to the area, you can add rinds from any of the citrus fruits in the drain with the ice cubes.

Dishwashers:• Start with an empty dishwasher.• Fill one side of kitchen sink with distilled white vinegar water. (I just dump, but I would say 1-2 cups of vinegar with a half-full sink of water.)• Remove the utensil holders and racks. Wipe them down checking for stuck-on food bits and debris in the bottom of washer.• Remove and disassemble the arm and grate and filter, if you have one, from the floor of the dishwasher (I remove all parts that I can remove by hand). Place in sink to wipe down with damp rag and vinegar water. Make sure the holes that spray the water out on the blades are clear of tiny bits of food; you can use a toothpick to clear them if necessary.• Using paper towels, remove debris and food gunk.• Use a damp rag that’s been wet with vinegar water to wipe down inside and door, use a toothbrush or q-tip to get in tiny places. If you are having trouble removing some gunk, try using a soft toothbrush and a baking soda paste.• Reassemble and replace all parts.• Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher and turn it on to Energy or Low Wash. Stop the machine in mid-wash, so the vinegar can set on the bottom and work. Let it stand for about 20 minutes, then turn on to finish cycle.• When done, wipe out the inside with dry paper towels.• Don’t forget to wipe down the outside while you’re at it. Depending on the type of dishwasher you have, spray the front of your dishwasher with a mild spray cleaner or stainless steel cleaner.

Now enjoy the fresh smelling appliances and know that your cleaning appliances will be getting things really clean!

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