how to clean 5 common small
kitchen appliances

You keep a nice house. Your cabinets sparkle. The laundry's always done. 

But how long has it been since you cleaned your coffee maker - or any other small kitchen appliances? That's what I thought.

Let's face it: It's hard enough to get through your regular cleaning routine without worrying about toasters, microwaves, and electric can openers. 

While I can't give you more time, I can provide some cleaning tips.  (After all, you may get around to it one day.)

  1  how to clean the toaster.

Unplug and shake out the crumbs over the trash can. Wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge.

  2  how to clean the coffee maker.

After each use, rinse the pot and filter in warm, soapy water. Wipe the exterior with a damp cloth. Once a month, mix a cup of water and a cup of white vinegar and run it through the coffeemaker. Follow with a rinse of clear water.

  3  how to clean the waffle iron.

Skip washing the grids of a non-stick waffle iron. Unnecessary! Instead, simply wipe grids after each use with a paper towel, and toss. If waffles stick to the iron, it probably needs to be seasoned again with vegetable oil.

  4  how to clean the toaster oven.

Empty the crumb tray after each use. Scrub racks as needed. Wipe the exterior with a sponge.

  5  how to clean an electric can opener.

Remove the cutting wheels and soak them in warm soapy water for a few minutes. Next, scrub with an old toothbrush. Wipe the rest of the unit with a damp sponge. For best results, give your appliances the once-over after each use. Simply wait for it to cool, then unplug and wipe it with a damp cloth.

If it's really grungy, wipe with a sponge dipped in soapy water, then rinse-wipe with a wet sponge. Use baking soda in water to gently scrub exterior metal surfaces; window washing solution for plastic or enamel ones. Finally, be sure not to immerse any electrical units or power cords in water.

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