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one The insides of small appliances
Small household appliances that are used almost every day are often forgotten about. For example, a toaster. From the outside, it may seem quite clean, but it is important to clean its insides too: shake out the crumbs, rinse the elements, if they are removable, wipe the walls. The same with sandwich makers — visually, this technique does not get very dirty, but crumbs may remain in the corners, and a thin layer of carbon deposits on the surface of the panels. It’s unhygienic. Coffee makers, microwaves — also here. If you think about small household appliances every time you clean, you do not need aggressive cleaning powders, a microfiber cloth and, for example, soda are enough.
2 Water filter or pitcher
Pay attention — are the transparent walls of the filter or jug from which you drink water every day ideally? Probably no. They are also often forgotten, although this is not entirely useful. Plus it looks messy. The walls and bottom of such containers should be washed regularly and thoroughly from the inside — a regular dishwashing detergent will do. And as for filters, do not forget to change cartridges in time — it always flies out of your head.
3 plastic containers
Plastic containers are lifesaver for those who carry food to work or just cook for the future. But just washing them along with regular dishes is not enough. Depending on the frequency of use, the containers must be thoroughly rinsed every 3-6 weeks. Strong cleaners are best avoided (due to surface contact with food), so use good old mustard powder. It washes well stubborn fat and eliminates unpleasant odors.
four Cloudy glass glasses
Glassware, even if you wash it thoroughly with a special product, fades and becomes cloudy over time. Glasses and glasses do not look so beautiful, and you can no longer put them on an open shelf or guests. Wash them every few months with baking soda in cold water and the shine will return. Avoid high temperatures — it can be another cause of cloudiness. By the way, it is possible that during everyday washing in the dishwasher, glasses and wine glasses can lose their shine even faster — carry out the above procedure more often.
5 Containers and jars for decanted products
Slender jars and containers with pasta, cereals, flour look stylish and tidy both on an open shelf and in a closet. But pouring products into them as stocks are updated is not enough. In the absence of cleaning, the lids and other upper parts are covered with a layer of dust (which is not always noticeable like dust on the table), and the walls can fade and become covered on the inside with a thin layer of dust from products (for example, from buckwheat or flour). Therefore, when pouring freshly bought groceries, rinse the containers well, get rid of unpleasant odors if they appear, polish the white elements to make them look fresh.
If hands reach the refrigerator from time to time, then it’s easy to forget about the freezer, because we don’t use it so often. Modern freezers do not require periodic defrosting (a relief for housewives!), but they need to be washed. Once every few months, take out the contents of the boxes, wipe the compartments; if the boxes themselves can be obtained, it is better to do this and wash it under running water, and not just with a rag. You can use sprays for refrigerators: they clean traces of berries or meat well and give a pleasant, unobtrusive aroma to the freezer.
7 Cutting boards
Like containers, boards lack everyday washing along with regular dishes. They need to be thoroughly cleaned once every 1-3 weeks, depending on the frequency of use. Firstly, raw meat particles are not washed out with a simple dishwashing gel, but are clogged into micro-scratches. It’s bad for health. Secondly, from any food, smells remain on the boards and then mix. Models made of any materials must be disinfected; for glass, you can choose more aggressive means, for wood — more gentle, specialized.