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Even though the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, believe it or not, spring technically starts in less than two weeks. So get a jump on your spring cleaning -- it’s not just for the shine... the lifespan of your appliances is at stake. Spare an hour or two this weekend to knock out five easy spring cleaning tips that will keep your appliances humming along for years to come.
What's in it for you?
- Cleaner home
- Longer appliance lifespan
Get Ready for Spring with Spring Cleaning:
Clean your dryer lint filter. You’ve been removing the lint from your lint trap forever, but did you know you also need to wash it occasionally to keep bacteria and other elements from clogging up your dryer’s motor? It’s easy: pick off the residual lint and run the trap under warm water. Use soap to break down any extra buildup. Hand dry the filter and snap it back into place to finish.
Clean your microwave vents. Open your microwave and check the vents on the side for food buildup. Use a mixture of lemon, soap, and hot water to scrub the interior vigorously. Dry with a soft paper towel. Clearing the gunk keeps your microwave from overheating (and breaking down) because caked-on food interferes with the operation of the fan blades.
Clean the food trap in your dishwasher. Locate the trap beneath the cleaning blades of your dishwasher. You should see a small section that you can remove. Unlock it and pull it out of the machine. (You’ll want to wear a pair of gloves -- there may be some food in the trap). Toss the food particles stuck to the trap, and then wash it with hot water and bleach. Replace the trap.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Cleaning your refrigerator coils of dust and dirt buildup prevents overheating, and actually makes your fridge more energy efficient. First pull your fridge away from the wall and unplug it. Vacuum the coils using the hose extension of a vacuum, taking care not to disrupt the coils or push too hard. Pay special attention to the sides and corners, as these areas can be the hardest to clean. Once you’ve sucked away the dust, plug your fridge back in and move it carefully into place.
Clean out your stove drip pans. Prevent short-circuiting burners by cleaning out the drip pans in your stove. Start by opening the front door of your stove and removing the drip pans. Take off the tin foil and throw it away. Remove any food that may have collected on the bottom of the pan and scrub the surface with hot water and soap to break apart any stains. Put in a fresh layer of foil and replace the pans. Doing this prevents contamination that can affect the ignition coils of your stove.
Pro Tip: If all this seems a little daunting, do it in chunks. Break up your spring cleaning room by room instead of trying to tackle it at once.