With International Women’s Day around the corner, we’d like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to the countless women around the world who work hard all day at their jobs while supporting their households. Being a working professional is a lifestyle, and often times one may not have the chance to effectively clean their kitchen appliances that they use daily.
But fret not; we’ve compiled a guide on how to clean your various kitchen appliances thoroughly, and we are also running a promotion for all these various kitchen appliances by our own Aztech brand at a great price for $38.
1. Cleaning a Table Blender
Many dislike the use of blender as they tend to find a hassle in the cleaning. With this hack, you will about to know the quickest and easiest way to clean it, it does not require your hands to be near those blades as well!
Just a little effort to make your table blender sparkling clean again!
How to clean your blender with lemon juice:
For safety, do ensure that your table blender has been unplugged from the socket and allow it to cool down completely before cleaning.
- Fill the table blender jug with warm water until the blades are covered.
- Add a drop of dishwashing liquid and squeezed a tablespoon of lemon juice into the jug.
- Start running the table blender for a minute. Repeat again for thorough cleaning.
- Give it a good rinse and leave it to dry.
Alternatively, you can use vinegar mixed with baking soda. For a deeper cleaning, you may use a sponge to scrub it after rinsing.
2. Cleaning Coffee Makers
The coffee maker is an essential for every kitchen to brew a warm cup of coffee every morning.
As coffee beans contain oil and the water droplets from the brewing process contain minerals. Over time, residues will accumulate, resulting in the coffee maker to turn mouldy.
Here are some signs that it’s time to wash your coffee maker:
- The regular coffee tastes different
- It takes longer to brew than usual
- The sound of the brewing is louder than usual
- The coffee maker spews coffee all around
How to clean your coffee maker with vinegar:
1. For safety, do ensure that your coffee maker has been unplugged from the socket and allow it to cool down completely before cleaning.
2. Throw away the old and used coffee in the brew basket into the trash bin. Place the brew basket and pot back to their places.
3. Fill the water reservoir with half hot water and half white vinegar. It will help to remove the build up inside the coffee maker.
4. Run the coffee maker through a drip cycle. When the cycle is done, pour the hot water/vinegar back into the reservoir and re-run it.
5. Once the second cycle is done, pour away the water in the pot and wash it with hot and soapy water to remove the residue.
6. Fill the water reservoir with clean, cold water and run the pot again. Repeat this cycle at least twice with fresh water to ensure the vinegar is out of the coffee maker.
7. Likewise, for the brew basket. If necessary, use an old toothbrush to thoroughly remove coffee residue and put it back.
8. Dipped your cloth in a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar to get rid of water spots from the exterior of the coffee machine.
9. Leave it to dry before using.
3. Cleaning Bread Toaster
Nicely toasted bread with your favourite spread every morning has never been easier with a bread toaster.
However, whenever you pop in your bread into the toaster, there will be food crumbs left behind and it can be hazardous as it could cause a fire with the heat emitting inside. Hence, ideally, you should clean it at least once a week.
How to clean your bread toaster:
1. For safety, do ensure that your toaster has been unplugged from the socket and allow it to cool down completely before cleaning
2. Bring the toaster to the trash bin or sink to remove the crumbs by turning it upside down. Remove the removable tray at the bottom of the toaster and sweep the crumbs away.
3. Use a brush to sweep away any crumbs sticking to the interior of the toaster.
4. Submerge the removable tray into the soapy water and wipe it.
5. Rinse the tray with clean water and dry it.
6. Dip a cloth into the soapy water to wipe the exterior of the toaster, including the levers and handles. Once done, rinse and dip the cloth into clear water to remove excess soapy residue left on the toaster.
7. Do ensure that the interior of the toaster are entirely dry before using.
4. Cleaning a Toaster Oven
Many of us use convectional toaster ovens to toast our bread, especially if we don’t have traditional toasters at home. It does the job, and you still get delicious toast.
Toaster ovens are highly versatile and can be used to bake, grill and broil other types of food—and in those processes, sauces, oil and different kinds of liquid may spill over onto the sides. These liquids, when dried up and given time, will fester and contaminate your food.
Here’s how you can effectively clean your toaster oven:
1. Ensure that your toaster oven is off and at room temperature. This is a safety tip so you do not end up burning or injuring yourself.
2. Remove all contents from the oven. Racks, baking trays, anything that can be detached should be removed for easier cleaning.
3. In a bowl, add ½ a cup of baking soda to a few tablespoons of water, until you get a paste-like consistency that you can spread on oven’s interior surface.
4. Spread the paste evenly along the interior surfaces of your oven, avoiding heating elements in the process. Using gloves to help with this is optional but suggested if your oven’s interior is grimy.
5. Let the paste mixture rest for at least 12 hours.
6. Use a damp cloth or a brush to scrape off the paste stuck to the interior.
7. Rinse the damp cloth and pour some vinegar on it to give a good clean on the exterior.
8. Reinsert the trays and other detachments after washing and drying. Your oven is good to go again.
5. Cleaning Electric Kettles
Whether you are making a cup of hot tea, coffee or boiling water to cook with, a kettle is a kitchen essential! It’s a quick boil with temperature-controlled and lightweight for anyone to use!
The kettle will develop a layer of scale after using it for some point of time. But instead of scrubbing and washing it away with chemicals, try using lemons!
Here’s how to clean your kettle with lemon slices:
1. For safety, do ensure that your kettle has been unplugged from the socket and allow it to cool down completely before cleaning.
2. Fill the kettle with cold water until the indicated markings.
3. Slice a few pieces of lemon and put them in the kettle.
4. Boil the water with lemons in it.
5. Once stopped, leave for half an hour.
6. Re-boil again.
7. Pour out and rinse the kettle with cold water.
8. Leave it to dry before using.
Alternatively, you can add half a teaspoon of citric acid.
These cleaning ‘hacks’ will keep your kitchen appliances free from contamination and odours, so you can have your morning coffee and breakfast toast fuss-free. Ideally, cleaning will be much easier if you keep your appliances stain and dirt free—but these ‘hacks’ will do the trick too.