How to Clean 7 Small Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen Appliances
Kitchen Appliances

          Small kitchen appliances such as toaster ovens, food processors and juicers can save time and energy in the kitchen.

And we all know that a coffee maker is virtually essential for a caffeine-hungry family.

Take a look in your kitchen:

Are all these appliances really clean and bacteria free?

Almost every small appliance has a control panel or handle that is touched every time it’s used,

leaving body soils and bacteria such as

Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, as well as mold and yeast .

And what about what happens inside the device where food and drinks are processed?

Any of these organisms can cause digestive disorders or disorders.

1. Coffee or Espresso Maker

Coffee or Espresso Maker
Coffee or Espresso Maker

Whether you use a drip coffee maker, a French press, a chic espresso machine or a single coffee pod,

it should be cleaned regularly, both for the taste of coffee and the prevention of growth of bacteria.

Coffee makers combine moisture and heat,

perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold growth.

For a better (and safer) coffee taste,

                                                           all removable parts of the coffeemaker should be removed after each use to remove coffee residues and oils.

Parts can be washed by hand with hot soapy water

or placed in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Empty the water tanks and drip trays and take a moment to wipe the outside of the manufacturer and the hot plates with a clean, damp cloth.

The tank lid must remain open between uses to allow the area to dry completely.

    Unless you use distilled water every time,

tap water minerals can eventually accumulate in the machine.

Cleaning them is simple. Just fill the tank with an equal volume of distilled white vinegar and distilled water.

Let the solution rest in the coffeemaker for at least 30 minutes (one hour is better),

then start an infusion cycle.

Then start two full cycles of infusion with just distilled water and you will get a clean coffee maker ready to make a great coffee.

2. Blender, Food Processor or Juicer

Food Processor or Juicer
Food Processor or Juicer

 

If you’ve ever used a blender, food processor or juicer,

you know everything about splashing food and liquids that can go anywhere,

especially if you forget to use the lid. Fortunately, these devices are easy to clean because they can do most of the work.

After each use, rinse the blender or cup of juicer with clean water.

Then half fill with lukewarm water and one or two drops of dishwashing liquid.

Make a swirl for 15 to 30 seconds.

Pour the solution on the lid while you empty the cup into the sink.

Finally, disassemble the blades of the appliance and the parts of the lid.

Rinse well with hot water and allow to air dry completely before reassembling.

Finally, unplug the machine and wipe the outside of the base with a clean cloth.

For hard-to-reach spaces between buttons or buttons, use a soft, clean toothbrush, soaked in warm water solution and a drop of dishwashing liquid to remove particles.

Wipe with a clean cloth soaked in clean water and let air dry.

3. Grill or Panini Press

Grill or Panini Press
Grill or Panini Press

The nonstick surface is one of the attractions of an electric grill or a panini press.

So cleaning it properly will not only prevent cross contamination by food bacteria;

but will keep the finish for years to come.

Immediately after use, unplug the unit.

Wet several paper towels and use metal tongs to hold them while you wipe the hot grill or press to dislodge the food particles.

When the unit is completely cold, mix a cup of warm water with one or two drops of dishwashing liquid to moisten a soft, clean cloth.

Use the cloth to wipe the entire cooking surface and all exterior surfaces.

In case of excessive accumulation of grease, use a soft, clean toothbrush to penetrate the crevices.

NEVER use a scouring pad or sharp tool on the nonstick surface.

Rinse with another cloth soaked in clean water, then dry with a soft cloth.

For grills or presses with removable plates and drip trays,

wash them in warm soapy water or place them in the dishwasher if the manufacturer recommends it

4. Microwave

Microwave
Microwave

Splashing occurs.

The easiest way to clean the inside of a microwave oven is to let it do the work.

Fill a microwaveable container with at least one cup of water. Process until the water is boiling;

then turn off the microwave. Keep the door closed for at least 15 minutes.

The steam will loosen the food particles and make it easier to wipe clean without cleaning.

To finish the job,

use a soft cloth moistened with a portion of distilled white vinegar and a portion of warm water and wipe all interior surfaces.

Wash by hand or place the glass turntable,

if you have one, in the dishwasher.

Wipe the outside handles and keyboard with a disinfectant cloth to remove bacteria.

If you have a combination of microwaves and hood ventilation mounted on your range,

be sure to clean the hood and filter regularly to remove greasy residue.

5. Stand or Portable Mixer

Portable Mixer
Portable Mixer

A stand mixer or portable is almost essential if you often prepare food.

The danger comes if food particles get caught in blades or whips.

You can fill a bowl with lukewarm water and one or two drops of dishwashing liquid

and turn on the blender for 15 seconds to loosen the food.

But the safest way to clean the mixers is to disassemble and hand-wash the non-electrical components in hot,

soapy water or place them in the dishwasher,

according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Finally, unplug the unit and wipe the outside with a cloth soaked in warm soapy water.

Rinse with a cloth soaked in clean water and dry with a soft cloth.

Grasp this soft toothbrush to place it between buttons or slots that require special attention.

Engine ventilation slots are a place to check accumulated debris. They must be clear to prevent overheating.

6. Toaster Oven or Toaster

Toaster
Toaster

A stand mixer or portable is almost essential if you often prepare food.

The danger comes if food particles get caught in blades or whips.

You can fill a bowl with lukewarm water and one or two drops of dishwashing liquid and turn on the blender for 15 seconds to loosen the food.

But the safest way to clean the mixers is to disassemble and hand-wash the non-electrical components in hot,

soapy water or place them in the dishwasher,

according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Finally, unplug the unit and wipe the outside with a cloth soaked in warm soapy water.

Rinse with a cloth soaked in clean water and dry with a soft cloth.

Grasp this soft toothbrush to place it between buttons or slots that require special attention.

Engine ventilation slots are a place to check accumulated debris.

They must be clear to prevent overheating….

 

7. Electric Can Opener

Can Opener
Can Opener

Many electric can openers have a blade that frequently touches the contents of the box.

Cross contamination is always a hazard,

so it is best to clean after each use.

Unplug the unit and use a clean cloth soaked in warm soapy water to wipe the blade and case.

NEVER immerse the entire unit in water.

Every few months,

remove the cutting mechanism and wash it in hot,

soapy water. Use a toothbrush to remove food particles from narrow crevices.

Rinse and air dry thoroughly before reassembling.