how to clean small kitchen appliances

You keep a nice house. Your cabinets sparkle. The laundry's always done. You could eat off your floor. OK, most of the time anyway.

But how long has it been since you cleaned your coffee maker? That's what I thought.

Let's face it: It's hard enough to get through your regular cleaning routine without worrying about toasters, waffle irons, and electric can openers. So small kitchen appliances are often overlooked.

Actually, most of us would clean the silly things - if we just knew how. While I can't give you more time for cleaning, I can provide the know-how. Print and save this cheat sheet for cleaning your small kitchen appliances. (After all, you may get around to it one day.)

  1.  How to Clean a Toaster

Shake out crumbs regularly and wipe the exterior with a damp sponge to keep the toaster clean.

To clean the toaster, unplug and shake out the crumbs over the trash can. Wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge.

  2.  The Best Way to Clean the Coffeemaker

After each use, clean 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 pot of plain water to rinse it clean. You could also buy commercial cleaners that do the same thing. But why?

  3.  How to Clean the Waffle Iron

Never wash the grids of a non-stick waffle iron. Instead, wipe them clean after each use with a paper towel. If waffles stick to the iron, it probably needs to be seasoned again with vegetable oil.

  4.  How to Clean the Toaster Oven

Clean the crumb tray after each use. Scrub racks as needed. Clean 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. Then scrub with an old toothbrush. Wipe the rest of the unit clean with a damp sponge.

For best results, clean your small kitchen appliances after each use. Simply wait for it to cool, then unplug it and wipe it with a damp cloth.

If it's really greasy, wipe it with a sponge dipped in warm, soapy water, then wipe with a wet sponge. Be sure not to immerse any electrical units in water. Use baking soda in water to clean exterior metal surfaces and window washing solution for plastic or enamel ones.

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