How to maintain your home appliances

Always clean your deep freezer

Home and Garden Writer
Imagine a hot summer day. One where the scorching heat is unbearable. Imagine you lazing around in your home, not wanting to step out. But, the only thing that can truly give you comfort from the heat, the air conditioner, is broken down and it maybe a public holiday, your local technician is not even answering the mobile phone.

So how do you maintain your home appliances?

There are a lot of things that you can do, to try and prevent them failing.

Your appliances — from the fridge, to the freezer, oven, hob, microwaves, dishwasher and washing machine — all work hard year-round to make your life easier.

Maintenance is an on-going process and with tips from expects, it is a good starting point — the hard work of actually doing some regular maintenance still lies with you.



Ideally, you want an oven with a Pyrolytic Cleaning function, as this allows you to quickly and effortlessly clean the oven.

This special programme heats the inside of the oven to over 400°C, turning any grease and food residue to ash, which can then simply be wiped away.

However if you don’t have an oven with this programme, then stubborn stains and grease can be removed with a specialist cleaning product, which can be sprayed on and left for a few minutes to reduce baked-on food residue to a jelly-like substance that can be wiped   away.


Your microwave can end up looking extremely grimy due to the mixture of splatters and smells that are left inside after use. It is pretty simple to clean a microwave.

Simply combine 1 cup of water, with the lemon of 1 lemon / orange / lime into a microwave-safe bowl.

Add 2 tablespoon of white or apple cider vinegar to the mix.

Place it inside the microwave and turn it on high for several minutes until the mixture boils and the window steams up.

Let it cool for 5 minutes before removing the bowl. Take out the turntable plate and put it in the dishwasher, and wipe down the inner cabinet of your microwave with a sponge.



Before you can clean your fridge, you will need to remove all the food stored inside and place them in a cooler box while you are cleaning.  Now you can remove all the shelves, door racks and vegetable drawers, and wash them thoroughly using warm water and antibacterial soap and leave to dry.

Some fridges, boast dishwasher-proof shelves and door racks, which allows them to be easily and hygienically cleaned in the dishwasher.

You may find a little build-up in the drain hole at the back of your fridge, and this ought to be cleaned with a bottle brush and some warm, soapy water.

Wipe down the fridge’s inner cabinet, and then it is time to replace all the shelves, rack and drawers inside.


Remove all the food from the freezer and store it in the fridge while cleaning. Then remove all the drawers and wash them with warm, soapy water, removing any crumbs or food residue.

Make sure they are completely dry before returning them to the freezer.

While they are dying, you can wipe down the inner cavity of the freezer, ensuring that you dry it thoroughly and leave no moisture or residue.

If you do not want to empty the entire freezer, then you can always clean one freezer drawer at a time, as all the food can then remain in the freezer.


Washing machines and dishwashers

Remember, that even appliances that help you clean, such as your washing machine and dishwasher, need cleaning once in a while.

Running low temperature wash cycles will save you money on your utility bills, but it will also lead to grease and dirt build-up over time, so it is essential that you run regular maintenance programmes in order to keep everything working as it should.

If you know that your washing machine can take only 8kgs of load, then don’t ever push it beyond that limit.

Every appliance is carefully stress-tested and made with certain limitations.  No brand has any magic formulas to create home appliances that can withstand any kind of abuse.

Also, if any appliance needs the bigger 3-point plug to work, ensure there is an outlet which can accommodate that requirement.

Workarounds for appliances like a clothing iron, used only for a few minutes a day is still okay but any appliance which is running for an entire day should never be used in such a manner. – https://guide.servify./mielesa appliances.