How to Clean Major Appliances in the Kitchen

Drain Cleaner

We all have slow drains from time to time and this simple recipe will keep them fresh and clear:

  • 100 g/4 oz/1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
  • 250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4.5 I/8 pts/4 1/2 qts boiling water

How to Clean Major Appliance in the Kitchen How to Clean Major Appliances in the Kitchen

No need to even mix any of this, just pop the lemon into the boiling water. First, pour the baking soda down the drain, follow it quickly with the vinegar. Allow this to foam, then flush the drain out with the boiling water.

Tile Cleaner

You can use bicarbonate of soda/baking soda just as you would use a scouring powder, rubbing it with a damp sponge. For more stubborn stains, wipe down the tiles with neat vinegar, then apply the soda. Rub with a sponge. Vinegar does not leave a film on the tiles.

Rust Stain and Limescale Remover

If you use full-strength vinegar or lemon juice directly on a rust stain, then you have a good chance of making it disappear. You may need to reapply several times. If you can immerse the rust stain in the neat vinegar or lemon juice, then it should work much more quickly. This will also work on stubborn limescale deposits. The major problem is that the lime deposits often form in difficult areas. Consider suspending a small plastic container filled with vinegar or lemon juice directly underneath the spout of your tap overnight to completely clear out the limescale.

Sink and Tap Cleaner

This will work on stainless steel, chrome, ceramics, porcelain, enamel or fibreglass. Wipe a solution of 2 tablespoons bicarb/baking soda and 900 ml warm water on to the fixtures and then rinse off. If there are any stubborn lime deposits, then use neat vinegar. Soak some cloths in a small bowl of vinegar for around an hour before you use them. This will dean off the lime and shine up the chrome.

Mildew Remover

Mildew can best be removed by mixing equal amounts of neat vinegar and borax into an equal amount of warm water. Simply apply the solution (wearing gloves) on to the affected area. If you apply this solution from time to time, even if mildew is not visibly present, it will act as a permanent deterrent.

Refrigerator and Freezer Cleaner

This will work both on the inside and on the outside of your refrigerator or freezer. Simply dissolve 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda/baking soda into 900 ml warm water. Use it to wipe all the surfaces. If you have stubborn marks, make up some bicarb paste with a small amount of water. Make sure that you rinse off with a clean, wet cloth. The shelves and the vegetable bins can easily be washed out with simple hot soapy water, but make sure that you rinse them well and that they are completely dry before putting them back.


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