When it comes to apartment cleaning, it’s easy to forget (and take for granted!) how many different tools we rely on to get the job done. If you want your dishes to be sparkling and your clothes to be fresh and clean – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? – then it is important to take the time to remember to clean the cleaning devices. Let’s take a look at the best tips for doing just that.
Clean your apartment kitchen appliances
Dishwashers are used a lot; they handle dishes and utensils from large family dinners, cooked foods from pots, pans and pans, not to mention unrinsed dishes. If you want your dishes to be clean and your apartment dishwasher to stand the test of time, you need to give it some love and attention from time to time. Let’s start proper care by looking inside first.
First, the filter
Many newer machines have a manual cleaning filter, which is there to prevent food from being sprayed into small pieces and clogging up the drain. While this benefits the dishwasher, allowing it to perform its tasks more quietly, it also means food will be trapped in the filter. This can lead to possible problems down the line, as well as lingering food odors.
To access the filter, you will need to remove the lower basket and remove the filter manually. It can be a little tricky, as there are a few parts, but once you unscrew the center cylinder, you can lift the whole system off and you’re on your way to giving it a good cleaning.
Be sure to clean each part individually with warm soapy water; use a sponge, spray bottle or small brush to remove any foreign bodies. Also pay attention to the spray arm, where food can sometimes get lodged. Simply rinse the arm and if you notice anything clogged inside, you can pry it out using a wooden skewer. After taking care to check that there are no clogged parts and that everything has been cleaned, reassemble it and put the filtration system back in the dishwasher.
Disinfect and refresh
Leaking water in your home, as well as the types of foods you eat, such as tomato-based sauces or curries that often contain turmeric, can all contribute to discolorations and stains in your dishwasher. your apartment.
A simple fix is to run vinegar through your device. Fill a glass bowl with two cups of white vinegar and place it on the lower rack, in the center of the machine. Run your dishwasher on the normal cycle, without any detergent. This will not only sanitize the interior, but also remove lingering odors.
Don’t forget the outside!
So, now that you’ve cleaned the inside of your machine, you can’t forget the outside. Depending on whether or not you have stainless steel or plastic, how you want to approach this task will change. If you have the former, you can try a store-bought cleaner such as Better Life Einshine Natural Stainless-Steel Cleaner ® – an eco-friendly option that will leave you feeling calm after a job well done with its lavender and chamomile scent. You can also clean the surface by simply mixing 3/4 cup of white vinegar with 1 1/4 cup of warm water in a spray bottle, it’s a great way to remove smudges, fingerprints and caked-on dirt .
If your dishwasher has a plastic lid, use a sponge with hot, soapy water and wipe it dry. Be careful around electronic controls with sprays and sponges, do not spray cleaner directly on them, but rather on the cloth or sponge.
If you prefer to use the sink to clean your dishes (this can be very therapeutic), you should keep in mind that sinks can become dirty with food and stains, just like any other appliance in your home. House. Doing your dishes in a dirty sink is counterproductive, so make your sink shine with these tips.
Simple Ingredients = A Good Cleanse
Wiping down your sink regularly after using it is essential to keep the buildup of dirt and water spots to a minimum. Chances are, you probably thought your sink was supposed to look dull and only new sinks really give off that lustrous shine. We’re here to tell you that it isn’t, but before we give you the secret to making your sink shine, you need to give it a good cleaning first.
The easiest way to clean your sink is not only the most efficient, but also the most environmentally friendly possible and only requires a few items that you probably already have in your kitchen. If you have a stainless steel sink, as many of us do, every week or so empty your sink of all dishes and sprinkle it thoroughly with baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes.
Then, with a soft sponge, rub the baking soda in circular motions rubbing the entire basin, or if you have two, both basins. Baking soda is a great scrubber, it won’t scratch your sink surface, it’s like Mother Nature’s scouring pad.
Once you’ve scrubbed the baking soda into the sink, pour some vinegar and watch the fizz and bubbles remove hard water stains and sanitize it, all right before your eyes. Once the bubbles have subsided, simply rinse off the residue with warm water and a sponge.
Don’t forget the drain
Whether you have a drain or a trash can, you’ll want to keep that area of the sink as clean as possible. A great homemade, eco-friendly mix uses the same baking soda and vinegar you used to use before, but as it bubbles up the drain, it reminds us of those science experiments we used to do in high school, so it’s pretty cool too.
Fill your kettle to the maximum and prepare boiled water. Pour this water down your drain; this will begin to loosen any gunk buildup inside, then boil another pot of water. Measure out about 1/2 cup of baking soda and sprinkle it down the drain. Follow this with 1 cup of white vinegar and watch the bubbles pop and fizz, much like a volcano you might have built for a science class. Once the reaction has subsided, wait about 10 minutes before pouring hot water into your sink again.
To clean your garbage disposal, use the same trick as for the drain; only this time you will use 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Pour boiled water, then baking soda. Once the baking soda runs out, flip the switch and let it hum for a moment, then let it sit for a few more minutes. Pour the vinegar into your disposal and watch it fizz and pop again before rinsing it out with more boiled water.
Make sure to run your elimination for a few seconds to check that everything is working fine. To keep your disposal fresh, throw in some citrus peel on occasion. Citrus oil has a knack for invigorating the senses and making everything clean, which is probably why lemon and orange scents are found so often in many cleaning products.
Give it that shine
Finally, to give it that extra shine (that secret we promised you) that will keep your sink looking fresh for weeks, you can choose to spray it with Better Life Einshine Natural Stainless-Steel Cleaner®, the same product we mentioned previously. However, you can also take lemon or orange zest – or the equivalent found in essential oils – with olive oil and rub it with a paper towel. Either way, your sink will retain a satisfying, pleasing aroma and have that lustrous shine you probably thought was no longer possible.
Clean the laundry appliances in your apartment
Whether you have a front loader or a top loader, both laundry options are susceptible to mildew, unpleasant odors and scum residue. Having a clean apartment washing machine is important for it to effectively clean the clothes you wear every day. Since newer models are often equipped with front loaders, they can be especially prone to mold buildup and rancid odors. Use the following tips to ensure you have the cleanest and most efficient washing machine.
With a front-loading machine, use a rag to wipe down both the door and the rubber seal that you can visually see under the machine. Since moisture is the unfortunate result of a freshly finished load, leave the washer door slightly ajar to allow air to let out any residual moisture. Leaving the top loader doors open will also help circulate air and allow it to dry out the inside of the machine.
Soap and fabric softener dispensers should be filled with the correct amount of detergent according to the lines inside and what is indicated on the bottles. To prevent buildup, give them an extra wipe once in a while.
About 4 times a year, treat your apartment washing machine to a deep cleaning, which will remove any residual grime inside. This can be done by adding about 1 cup of bleach to a bleach dispenser (found in newer models) or directly to the machine (for older models). Bleach is an excellent disinfectant and will help kill any mold spores lurking in your machine.
If you prefer a chemical-free approach, you can try 1 cup of white vinegar instead. Simply fill the washer with hot water, add the vinegar to the bleach dispenser or directly to the water, and let the machine run for a minute to mix the two components together. After a minute, open the lid of the top-loader and allow the mixture to sit for an hour in the basin before ending the cycle. If it is a front loader, put the machine in “pause” for the same hour and wait, then start the cycle again.
You can also purchase affresh®, a high-efficiency (HE) washer cleaner that’s not only eco-friendly, but also safe for your septic systems. This brand also offers handy wipes for cleaning the rubber gasket, trays, window, and all exterior surfaces.
Regular maintenance and knowing how to properly clean the appliances in your apartment are key to avoiding dirty, scum-covered dishes and not-so-clean “clean” clothes. Minimal effort and a little time can make all the difference in the world. Try all of our appliance cleaning tips to help you keep your cleaning appliances running smoothly and make sure everything you wash comes out clean.