Appliance Tips* for the Kitchen

Appliance Tips* for the Kitchen

Stoves and Cooktops

You can clean any porcelain cooktop with a non-abrasive cleanser. Don’t pour the cleanser directly onto the cooktop, instead, put some cleaner on a soft, damp rag, and then wipe the surface.

Remember to clean the hood! Locate your vent hood’s filters and remove them from the vent hood. Fill your sink or a large basin with hot water and a large squirt of degreasing soap and several shakes of baking powder. Add your stove hood filters to the soapy water and allow them to soak for about 10 minutes. Next, remove the vent hood filters from the water and use your sponge to remove the rest of the debris. Once your filters are clean, let them air dry, and after they are fully dry, put the filters back into the vent hood.

Refrigerator Tips

Self-defrosting refrigerator
You don’t need to manually defrost your self-defrosting refrigerator/freezer. Every 6 to 8 hours, it heats up its cooling coils slightly and melts any frost accumulation on the coils. The resulting water drains into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator/freezer.

There’s no need to empty the pan. The water in it will evaporate. But it may begin to smell bad over time. You may be able to remove it for periodic cleaning by detaching the lower grill and sliding the pan out the front of the refrigerator/freezer.

Note: When mold grows in the drain pan, it is sometimes considered to be a health concern. If your drain pan is removable, and if you’re sensitive to mold, consider cleaning the drain pan periodically.


Interior cleaning & deodorizing
You don’t need to clean the interior of your dishwasher if you use it regularly. If it goes un-used for a week or more and begins to develop mold or smell bad, you can clean it using Dishwasher Cleaner and Deodorizer.

Microwave Oven Tips

Interior cleaning

  • Clean the inside of your microwave frequently. Food particles and splatters absorb some of the microwave energy while the unit is operating and may cause burns and other damage to the microwave. By periodically wiping down the inside of the microwave, you can prevent that from happening and lengthen the lifespan of your appliance. You can clean the interior with a microwave oven cleaner.

Exterior cleaning

  • The touch pad controls, door hardware, and other exterior trim pieces last longer when they’re clean.

Surge protection

  • Because microwave ovens have solid state circuitry inside, they’re susceptible to damage from voltage spikes caused by lightening, etc. It is recommended that you plug your microwave into an appropriate surge suppressor to protect the circuitry.

Door safety

  • Your microwave oven’s door keeps the microwave energy inside, where it belongs. If the door is in any way damaged, or if the door seal doesn’t seem to fit correctly or be in good repair, have the microwave checked by a qualified appliance repair technician.

Running empty

  • Warning! Never operate a microwave oven without food or liquid inside it.
    Microwave ovens heat by bombarding the food or liquid in the oven with super-high-frequency microwave sound energy. If there’s no food or liquid in the oven to absorb the microwave energy, the energy can feed back to the microwave itself, which can permanently damage the internal microwave antenna (magnetron).

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