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Non-Toxic Cleaning Tips for Small Appliances

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Non-Toxic Cleaning Tips for Small Appliances

By Cris Carl, Hometalk

For the most part, there is little to no need for strong chemicals or cleaning solutions when cleaning appliances in your kitchen. You can accomplish a great deal with elbow grease and hot soapy water using a dish detergent with grease-cutting ingredients. You can also clean any small appliance with vinegar (either diluted or full-strength) or a baking soda paste. Do not use harsh abrasives or steel wool. Use non-scratch sponges or synthetic scrubbers for cleaning appliances.

Important things to do before cleaning appliances:

  • Always unplug the appliance first before cleaning!
  • If any of the components of the appliance you are disassembling for cleaning come in contact with electrical components, make sure the non-electrical component is completely dry.

Cleaning drip coffee makers

If the carafe becomes stained, place a cup of ice, a tsp. of lemon juice, 3-4 tsp. of salt, and a tiny amount of warm (not hot) water in the carafe. Allow carafe to sit until the ice has melted, swish the solution around then wash with hot soapy water. To clean the outside of the coffee maker, use a dilute solution of vinegar and water, then rinse well with warm water.

To clean the inside of your drip coffee maker you can do one of two things. Run a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar to 4 cups of warm water through the brewing cycle, then rinse three or four times by running plain tap water through the brewing cycle. Or, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with one cup of water to run through the brewing cycle then rinse as you would with the vinegar solution.


Keeping your toaster clean will help you avoid burned crumbs that tend to set off your smoke detector, as well as prevent fires. Take the unplugged and cooled toaster and remove or unlock the tray on the bottom. Shake the toaster briskly over a waste can to knock out most of the crumbs. You can use a bottle or pastry brush to clean out any remaining crumbs. Wipe off or wash the tray with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.

Wipe off the outside of the toaster with a mild vinegar solution and dry well.

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4:35AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Each time I used to always check blog posts within the first hours in the break of day, because I like to get information increasingly more.

11:00PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

great tips

9:40PM PDT on May 3, 2012

Thank you for tor the practical tips !

7:44PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Thanks for the post.

2:44PM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

thanks you , nice tips.!

12:00AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011


8:30AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

interesting article and some good comments, too.

11:31AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Good tips.

10:23PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011


7:14PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Big thank you!

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