For large kitchen appliances to remain in good working condition, it is important to ensure that you perform maintenance on them regularly. For each large appliance ‘regular maintenance’ operates on a different timeline, so we’ve put together a guide to help you schedule your cleanings.
How often should I clean my oven?
Two to four times per year
Over time, your oven will accumulate grease and food particles. In addition to being quite unhygienic, this can also compromise the cooking power of your oven. To prevent a build-up of grease, it is best to perform a full clean every three months. If you rarely use your oven, you can get away with cleaning it twice a year.
If you’d rather not manually clean out your oven, self-cleaning ovens are a great alternative. Rather than scrubbing away the grease and grime, you simply turn on the self-cleaning function and let the appliance run for two to three hours.
How often should I clean my cooker hood filters?
Whether you have a vented or recirculating cooker hood, you will need to clean the grease filter out occasionally. It is standard practice to clean it once a month but if you use your hob very frequently, you may want to do this every two weeks or so. Here is a quick guide to show you how.
How often should I clean my refrigerator?
Once per week
A dirty fridge does not only mess with the functionality of the appliance; it can also be a hazard to your family’s health. Proper upkeep of your refrigeration is crucial to eliminating germs and bacteria – as well as ensure the disposal of any expired food.
How often should I clean my washing machine?
You may think that a washing machine keeps itself clean over time – but it is yet another appliance that requires a good wash. To avoid the build-up of mildew, mould and odours, you should clean your washing machine out every month. To do this, use one cup of laundry detergent and set it to perform a hot wash – without any dirty laundry inside. You can also combine the detergent with bleach for a more thorough clean.