Microwave ovens, toasters, blenders, mixers, we all have a number of small devices that help us in our food preparation. These appliances need cleaning daily or frequently.
Many appliances contain parts that are removable from the motor. In such cases, treat them like your dishes and cookware and wash them by hand or in the dishwasher. Always be sure to unplug the devices before cleaning and follow these tips for keeping small appliances clean:
* Microwave ovens: All-purpose or glass cleaner works fine for the outside. Wipe the inside with a green all-purpose cleaner or liquid soap and water and dry thoroughly. Wipe the glass turntable often and put it in the dishwasher when needed. Depending on the buildup you get, you may want to use a baking soda or cornstarch paste.
* Toasters and toaster ovens: Unplug before cleaning. Use a glass or all-purpose cleaner on the outside. Turn upside-down and dump the crumbs into the sink.
* Blenders: Wash the container portion after every use. One method is to pour soapy water in and turn on the blender. You can also remove the container and blade portion, take it apart, and then wash the pieces separately by hand or in the dishwasher. Wipe down the base with soap and water or a mild all-purpose cleaner.
* Mixers: The beaters go in the dishwasher or sink. Wipe the base with soap and water or an all-purpose cleaner. Large, stand on the counter models should be cleaned as recommended by the maker.
* Coffee makers: Check the manufacturer's instructions. As a rule, wipe down drip coffee makers with soap and water or mild cleaner. Wash the coffee pot in the sink or dishwasher. To reduce paper waste with throwaway filters, use a gold coffee filter, which can last for years.
Keeping your small appliances clean is how we all can keep our appliances running efficiently and economically.