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How to Optimize your Kitchen Appliances

As often as you use your kitchen appliances, you’ll want to make sure that they stay in good shape and that you’re using them appropriately. And believe it or not, there are a few things you can do that can make them work even better with very minimal effort.

Here are a few easy ways to optimize your kitchen appliances to make sure that you’re getting the absolute best out of them.

Cleaning a Glass Cooktop

There is a method involved in getting your glass cooktop to stay clean and pretty. First of all, do not use an abrasive. You’ll want to clean any surface spills right away with a simple mixture of water and a mild dish soap.

You can then use a commercial cleaner made specifically for glass cooktops. Baking soda or vinegar is another option, but the easiest way to keep it clean? Simply clean it after every time  you put it to use. It really is that easy.

How Often Should You Clean a Self-Cleaning Oven

The answer to this is pretty easy, too. When you notice that your self-cleaning oven is getting dirty, that’s when you should clean it. This can typically mean every few months.

You’ll want to get out the user manual to find out the specific cleaning method you should use for your particular oven.

Keeping Refrigerator Shelves Clean

It seems like a simple thing to keep refrigerator shelves clean, but they can build up dirt, debris, and spills more quickly than you might imagine.

The best way to keep your refrigerator shelves clean is to make use of inexpensive shelf liners. That way, if they get dirty, all you need to do is replace them and clean under them from time to time. How easy is that?

When to Run Your Dishwasher

How often do you run your dishwasher? Some people like to run lighter loads just to get them over with, or to have less to put away, but the truth is that you should wait until the dishwasher is full. However, you shouldn’t overload it.

Just make sure that you put the right things in the right places, and you’ll want to put the dirtiest dishes closer to the center of the dishwasher for best results.

Should You Prewash Dishes?

Speaking of running your dishwasher, you might wonder if it is necessary to prewash your dishes. This is something that can differ from machine to machine, and the age of the machine can make a difference too.

You should check the owner’s manual to know for sure, but a good rule of thumb I that if the dishwasher is over five years of age, it might be best to prewash the dishes first.

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