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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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9:18PM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Not all toilets are as clean as the one tested. It would depend on how often it is cleaned.

10:41AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Thank you!

7:27AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

It feels so good to shake the bread crumbs out of the toaster and to wipe off the little crumb trays. I do not like to breathe air that has burned stuff in it. So many ppl world wide are forced to cook over butane or open smoke, if you are fortunate enough to have a cleaner way of cooking, please pause in gratitude. I used to have only coal oil, kerosene and wood stoves. Charcoal was something you used to get a fire going. Might as well also pause in gratitude over the luxury of having food to cook, clean water to cook and clean with, peace and safety in which to prepare meals.

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11:00PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

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9:40PM PDT on May 3, 2012

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