Get Your Small Kitchen Appliances Sparkling Before The Flowers Bloom

Get Your Small Kitchen Appliances Sparkling Before The Flowers Bloom

Spring is nearly upon us, soon spring cleaning madness will begin. In this article we will be going through cleaning your everyday essentials (kitchen appliances) that are often missed out through the spring cleaning season.


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With winter's chill slowly fading and the promise of spring on the horizon, it's natural to start thinking about spring cleaning. While visions of decluttered closets and gleaming windows might come to mind, don't forget your essential kitchen companions - your small appliances!

Taking some proactive steps now, before spring officially arrives, can help you hit the ground running when cleaning season gets here. Here's a guide to prepare your small kitchen appliances for a deep clean:

Gather Your Cleaning Arsenal:

Before diving in, ensure you have the necessary tools:

  • Warm, soapy water
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Soft cloths (microfiber cloths are best!)
  • Scrub brushes (avoid harsh bristles on delicate surfaces)
  • Toothpicks or cotton swabs (for tight spaces)
  • Baking sheets (optional, for drying disassembled parts)

Planning Makes Perfect:

  • Consult Your Appliance Manuals: Locate user manuals for specific instructions on cleaning and disassembly. This is crucial, especially for sensitive components like heating elements.
  • Schedule Cleaning Tasks: Plan to clean frequently used appliances like toasters and coffee makers more often (weekly for crumb trays, monthly deep cleaning), while less frequently used ones can wait until the official spring cleaning season.

Now, let's get cleaning!

1. The toaster:

  • Unplug and wait for the toaster to cool completely.
  • Empty the crumb tray and wash it in warm, soapy water.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe the exterior, paying attention to crevices where crumbs might hide.
  • For stubborn toast crumbs, use a toothpick or a cotton swab dipped in vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water).

2. The blender:

  • Unplug and disassemble the blender as much as possible (refer to the manual for guidance).
  • Fill the jug with warm, soapy water and a drop of dish soap. Blend on low for 30 seconds, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Wipe down the blade assembly with a damp cloth, being cautious of sharp edges. You can also soak the blade in vinegar solution for stubborn grime.
  • Wash the lid and base with a damp cloth. Allow all parts to dry completely before reassembling.

3. The coffee maker:

  • Descaling is crucial for maintaining coffee maker performance and taste. Use a descaling solution or white vinegar following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Wash the removable parts (carafe, filter basket) in warm, soapy water.
  • Wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth.

4. The electric Kettle:

  • Unplug and allow the kettle to cool completely.
  • Fill the kettle with a mixture of water and vinegar (equal parts) and boil it. Let it sir for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • For stubborn mineral deposits, you can use a past of baking soda and water to scrub the interior gently.
  • Wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth.

5. The microwave:

  • Unplug the microwave and remove the turntable and any other removable parts.
  • Wash the turntable and other removable parts in warm, soapy water.
  • Place a bowl of water with a tablespoon of white vinegar inside the microwave and heat on high for 2-3 minutes. This will loosen up any stuck-on food particles.
  • Wipe down the interior with a damp cloth, than a dry cloth to remove any residue.

Bonus Tip: For a natural deodorizer, place a bowl of baking soda in your microwave after cleaning and leave it overnight.


  • Cleaning frequently depends on usage. For appliances used daily, consider weekly cleaning for crumb trays and monthly deep cleaning.
  • For heavily stained or greasy appliances, consult the user manual for specific cleaning recommendations.
  • Never submerge the base or motor unit of any appliance in water.

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By following these simple steps, you can ensure your small kitchen appliances are sparkling clean and ready to tackle all your culinary adventures. Now, go forth and conquer that spring cleaning with confidence!

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