Every day we rely our home appliances like washing machines and ovens, so it’s a big disruption if they go wrong which is why it’s important to maintain your home appliances to get the best out of them. Looking after your appliances properly can help to keep them reliable, so we can use them every day without worry. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your home appliances:
• Only ever use a small amount of washing detergent. Too many suds can making rinsing difficult and can leave residue in the drum.
• Always leave the door ajar when not in use to allow it to dry and for air to circulate. This helps to stop mildew and mould from forming.
• Clean the rubber seals regularly with a mixture of water and vinegar, as well as the inside of the drum.
• Defrost your fridge regularly if it doesn’t have an automatic defrost function. Unplug it and completely clean it out when you do this. Make sure it’s completely dry before switching on again.
• Don’t fill up your fridge so there’s no room left at all as this will stop it working properly. Make sure there is air space around the food, and don’t shove things right to the back.
• As with the fridge, your freezer should be defrosted every so often, usually when the frost is more than half a centimetre thick.
• Clean your oven regularly with a good oven cleaner product to remove burnt-on food and residues. This reduces the risk of fire, smoke, and bad odours.
• A good tip to help keep your oven clean is to place a baking sheet at the bottom of your oven to catch any drips or spills from the shelves above when you’re cooking.
• Clean your microwave regularly to keep it working in top condition. Water with vinegar or lemon juice will work well, but make sure you let the microwave fully dry with the door open before using it.
• Never spray cleaning fluid on the controls, as it can seep into the electrics. Clean the controls with a damp sponge to avoid causing problems.