Your holiday guests are coming soon. Tips for how to include cleaning your appliances as part of your holiday housekeeping preparations.
I am so thrilled to be hosting two of our children, one son-in-law and one very adorable grandson for Christmas this year. The Christmas decorations are up and the guest bedrooms are ready. With extra people in the house, my appliances are sure to be overused. Best to include in my holiday housekeeping prep, a once-over for my appliances too. I found these great holiday housekeeping tips for appliance cleaning from realtor Renee Fyfe:
Occasionally cleaning household appliances like stoves and refrigerators may seem obvious, but what about equipment that does the cleaning, like the dishwasher and washing machine? Give these often overlooked appliances a deep clean as you do your holiday housekeeping with the following tips before the holidays have them working overtime.
Unclog the dishwasher. The cleaner the dishwasher, the cleaner your dishes will turn out after going through a wash cycle. Take a moment to clean the dishwasher’s filter, usually located on the inside bottom of the machine. This detachable filter becomes clogged with food and debris over time, so empty it out regularly to keep it working efficiently.
De-gunk your garbage disposal. Use a natural abrasive combo of ice and salt to loosen grime from the blades. Though it will be loud, run the disposal until the ice is gone. When finished, you can grind up a lemon or lime wedge to deodorize the drain.
Give your washing machine a wash. Avoid musty bedding and towels by sanitizing the machine and removing mildew buildup every few months. To do this, run a hot wash cycle without a load and add one cup of bleach to the soap dispenser or directly into the machine.
Give your vacuum more power. Increased foot traffic could have this tool working harder over the holidays. Keep your vacuum maintained with simple fixes like unclogging hoses, cleaning the rotating brush and replacing the filter.
Want to keep your appliances working hard for you? Give them holiday housekeeping attention and their own cleaning now and then.