For people who have plenty of small appliances (like coffee maker, water distillers, coffee grinders, rice cookers, etc.), how to clean small appliances is really very important. You may have an addition, and you counters may be full of small kitchen appliances that are the latest versions. Of course, these appliances are really good helpers in our daily life, because they can simply our cooking process, saving much time. When it comes to cleaning these small appliances, there are some basic using tips and guidelines that you can follow.
Read The Manual
First, you need to read its manual, because this can save you much time on avoid much grief. Read the manual thoroughly, and you will know all the specific maintenance instructions and what’s important, you can know where all its components are at. If you don’t have a clear picture of these components, talking about cleaning them is meaningless. On the manual, you also need to pay attention to its warranty. Therefore, take a little time to read its manually, and then file the manually away somewhere. Sometimes, we need it later. If you find the manual is long gone, it can be probably found on the manufacturer’s official site. Use the model name and number to search on the manufacturer’s site, or just search it on Google. For example, if you need a refresher on how to clean a countertop water distiller, you can find it on the manufacturer’s site and there may be a guide for you to down load. The guide will tell you how to use a cleaner.
Start With Mild Cleaning
For any appliance, it is highly recommended to start with mild cleaning instead of starting tougher cleaning methods. If the mild cleaning is not effective, tougher cleaning methods are needed, if possible. When it comes to most small kitchen appliances, you can use warm water and mild dish soap to clean them and this method is sufficient to clean most messes. Of course, microfiber cleaning cloths are perfect for removing grease and dirt. Any harsher cleaners should be avoided, because they can easily damage the finish. In some cases, they can cause fatal damage to your appliances. Therefore, you need to be more careful.
Unplug the Appliance When Cleaning
Before cleaning your appliances, make sure you have unplugged the appliances, because safety is always the first consideration. For example, if you happen to forget to unplug a food processor and begin to wipe it down, you hand may accidentally start it by pushing its button. If you are just cleaning its blade, it will be very dangerous. Therefore, don’t forget this alert. Before any cleaning job, just unplug the appliance. Don’t risk the appliance or your safety. This is very important.
Avoid immersing Electrical Components
For most kitchen appliances, the electrical portion of the appliance should not be immersed into water or you also cannot use wet clothes to wipe it. This is because these electrical portions (like motors, integrated circuits, sensors etc.) will be ruined if immersed into water or they are wet. What’s worse, this may make you take a risk of electrocution. Therefore, when you need to clean these parts, you need to be more careful and you need to cost more time to clean them carefully. In most situations, wiping down is the only and the best way to clean these small kitchen appliances. This can ensure both the safety and the function.
Check Electrical Cords
Appliances are powered by electricity, so most of them have electric cords. Therefore, no matter which appliance you have, checking their electrical cords is essential. If there is any damage, you should repair it or replace a new one. When cleaning your appliances, you need to wipe the cord down at the same time. This can effectively prevent buildup of grease and dirt. And during the cleaning process, it is really a good chance to inspect. Damaged cords can cause accidents or even electrocution.