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Keep your whites right: tips for cleaning white goods

Let’s be honest, cleaning white goods is one of those jobs we can usually convince ourselves to put off until another day. Over time, white goods can yellow and your kitchen can lose the pristine look you paid for. This occurs due to many factors; dirt, cigarette smoke, light, etc.

Fortunately, our top tips will help to take some of the pain out of cleaning, leaving your kitchen spotless.

Essential Equipment:

  • Sponge
  • 125g baking soda
  • 125ml bleach
  • Non-abrasive cleaner

Fill a bucket with one litre of warm water, bleach and baking soda and then mix the solution thoroughly, ensuring all of the baking soda is dissolved.

Ensure your sponge is thoroughly soaked, but squeeze out excess water to ensure that it is not dripping.

Apply to the white exteriors of kitchen appliances, and leave for 10-15 minutes.

After the mixture has had time to emulsify and settle in, rinse the sponge and clean the solution from the appliances, wringing off in to a bucket of clear, warm water. Remove any residual water with absorbent kitchen towels.

Should any yellow pigment remain, continue with these additional steps:

1) Apply a powdered, non-abrasive cleaner onto the moistened sponge.

2) Applying a steady pressure, scour the appliances using circular motions.

3) When the stain has been reduced, clean the excess solution from the appliance with warm water and washing up liquid.

4) Rise the sponge, wipe over the appliance and clean with absorbent kitchen towels.

Now the outside of the appliances are clean, let’s look at the specifics of each element!

Fridge

Clean each of the shelves and compartments within the fridge using warm soapy water and a non-abrasive scouring pad before drying with absorbent paper towels. If you have glass shelves, use a solution of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water and polish with a microfibre cloth. Again, using warm soapy water, and a non-abrasive scouring pad, clean the insides of the fridge, starting at the top and working down to the bottom and use a clean cloth to remove any excess residue.

TOP TIP: to give your fridge a pleasant smell, wipe down the interior with a few drops of vanilla extract on a clean cloth once you have cleaned it.

Freezer

Unplug your freezer to avoid risk of electric shock. Remove all the food and set aside. Prior to cleaning, the freezer must be defrosted. This can be achieved by leaving the freezer open, but if you are pressed for time, leaving a plastic bowl (not glass) filled with hot water inside with the door closed will aid this process.

Using a mild detergent (e.g. washing up liquid) mixed into a bowl of warm water, clean the inside of the freezer with a non-abrasive scouring pad, then wipe down with a clean cloth. Remove individual shelves or tray and clean in the sink, rinsing with clean water. Finally, replace all of the food before it thaws.

Dishwasher

To begin, remove the bottom rack of the dishwasher and remove any blockage to the drain. This will improve drainage and increase appliance efficiency. Replace the bottom rack and place a mug of vinegar on the top rack, sprinkling baking soda on the bottom of the dishwater. Run the appliance through a short hot-water cycle to leave it smelling fresh, bright and stain free.

Tumble Dryer

Make sure the dryer has cooled down fully before cleaning its interior. Remove the lint filter, which can be found inside a panel at the front of the dryer or inside the door rim. Brush off as much lint as you can before wiping with a fabric softener sheet to remove any excess bits. Clean the lint trap with a vacuum cleaner nozzle.Clean the inside drum using a non-abrasive scouring pad and warm soapy water and then dry with a clean cloth.

Microwave

Remove the inner plate and clean in the sink with warm soapy water. For any hardened mess within the microwave, apply a mixture of 1 parts baking soda to 2 parts water. Let this sit for at least 5 minutes. Remove with a non-abrasive scouring pad and warm water. To remove hardened gunk, half-fill a microwave-friendly bowl with warm water, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and microwave for 5 minutes. This will produce steam that will help to soften the hardened mess.

Proceed to clean the interior with warm soapy water and a non-abrasive scouring pad, wiping down with a clean cloth.

There you have it, a simple guide to getting your kitchen white again!

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