How to Clean Small Appliances How to Clean Small Appliances

Keeping our kitchen appliances clean is essential to keeping them in good working order. Additionally, trapped food particles can lead to unpleasant odors, so a clean appliance can benefit us in other ways as well.

Always allow an appliance to cool completely before attempting to clean it. Use mild soaps to wash the parts of the appliance. Moreover, soft cloths can protect the finish of the small appliance when cleaning or drying it.

Electrical appliances should never be immersed in water in order to clean them. Always use sponges or cleaning cloths that have been dipped in a hot, soapy solution. Never use rough scrubbing brushes to clean your appliances since this will ruin the finish on them. Small appliances come with a set of cleaning instructions and those should be used if possible. However, if you have misplaced your set, you can contact the manufacturer or follow the directions included here.

Blenders, Mixers, and Food Processors

In order to properly and thoroughly clean blenders, mixers, and food processors, take the appliance apart. Disassemble the appliance by taking off all removable parts.

If the parts are dishwasher safe, you can place them in the dishwasher. Otherwise, use hot soapy water and wash them by hand. Before you place any of the parts on the dishwasher, remove as much of the food build up as you can first, especially on the food processor and blender blades.

Use a sponge or cleaning cloth and hot soapy water to wash the entire exterior of the appliance. Use a clean cloth to dry the appliance. Allow all pieces of the appliance to dry completely before putting it back together.

Electric Can Openers

Electric can openers should be wiped clean with hot, soapy water after every use. For a thorough cleaning, remove the part of the can opener that does the cutting if possible. Immerse it is hot, soapy water to soak and wash it clean. If this part is not removable, then you will need a small brush to clean it with. A toothbrush is perfect for this task. Use the toothbrush and hot, soapy water to scrub the cutting part clean.

Use a sponge or cleaning cloth and hot, soapy water to wipe down the entire can opener. Use a clean cloth and clean water to wipe the can opener free of any soap residue. Dry the can opener with a clean cloth.

Coffee Makers

The exterior of coffee makers can be wiped clean with a sponge or cleaning cloth and hot, soapy water. Wipe all soap residue from the coffee maker with a clean cloth and water. Dry it with a soft, dry cloth.

If the hot plate becomes stained and dirty, attempt to clean it with a liquid cleanser. Make sure that the cleanser is not abrasive. The carafe, carafe lid, and filter basket can usually be placed in the dishwasher. Refer to your instructions if you have them. If not, they can also be washed by hand in a solution of hot, soapy water.

Mineral deposits are a problem for many coffee makers, especially those that are used with hard water. As soon as you notice the coffee maker taking longer to produce your pot of coffee, it is time to treat it for mineral deposits.

To remove mineral deposits, pour approximately four cups of white vinegar into the water container of the coffee maker. Place the carafe, lid, and basket in place. Turn the coffee maker on and allow one half of the vinegar to flow through into the carafe. Allow the remaining vinegar to sit for approximately 10 or 15 minutes. Turn the coffee maker on again and allow the vinegar to completely flow through into the carafe.

Repeat the above process as many times as is needed until the flow appears to be normal. Run two carafes of cold water through the coffee maker to remove any vinegar residue.


Unplug the toaster whenever you are going to clean it. Empty the crumb tray at the bottom of the toaster on a regular basis to avoid a build up of food particles. How often you do this will be determined by the amount of use the toaster gets. When giving the toaster a thorough cleaning, shake the toaster gently to dislodge any crumbs that may be stuck inside of it.

Use a sponge or cleaning cloth and hot, soapy water to clean the outside of the toaster, as well as the crumb tray. Never use abrasives on your toaster. If the food particles are stuck and difficult to remove, wet them and allow them to soften for a few minutes. Attempt to remove them again.

Use a clean cloth and water to wipe the toaster free of any soap residue. Use a clean, dry cloth to dry the toaster. Allow the toaster to dry completely before plugging it back into the outlet.

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