Cleaning With the Season

Common Mistakes Made With Household Appliances

We rely on our appliances for so many things. Why not get the best out of them? It’s easy to ignore certain habits that will ensure the longevity of household appliances, like changing the bag in the vacuum. But did you know that dish placement is important for cleanliness, too?
Vacuum Cleaner
Don’t let the vacuum cleaner bag get too full. Try to empty it after two or three uses. You don’t have to change the filter as frequently as you do the bag though.
For the best fridge maintenance make sure you close doors firmly to ensure that food doesn’t spoil. If you pack your fridge with too many items than the air won’t circulate properly. Don’t turn the temperature down too low either.
Dishwasher rules are somewhat obvious: Run the machine when it’s full, only wash dishwasher safe items, don’t leave too much food on plates etc. But did you know that the rack placement actually matters? Cups, glasses bowls and big utensils should go on the top rack, while plates pots and pans should go on the bottom.
Coffee Maker
It’s important to clean the coffee maker, but it’s also best to use cold water and fresh grounds to get the best coffee possible. It’s also important to de-scale the coffee maker on occasion, which will clear clogs from mineral deposits.
Toaster Oven
Don’t toast too many slices of bread because this may cause the bread to toast unevenly. Did you know that you can bake in your toaster over too? With mini bakeware you can make muffins, meat loaf and more. It’s best to unplug the device when you’re not using it because there is a small risk of a spontaneous fire.
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