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Non-Toxic Cleaning Tips for Small Appliances

Blenders

Spray a diluted vinegar solution to the outside of the base. Scrub with an old toothbrush and wipe clean with a paper towel or clean cloth.

Aside from taking the pitcher portion of the blender apart and washing in hot soapy water, you can also put the hot, soapy water in the blender and run it on high for 15 or 20 seconds, then rinse.

Electric can openers

The best way to keep electric can openers clean is to consistently clean up after every use so that food residue doesn’t get caked onto the cutting wheel. Every few months, remove the cutting wheel and clean in hot, soapy water. All other parts can be cleaned with a baking soda paste and an old toothbrush, then wipe off with a clean, warm, wet cloth and dry.

Humidifiers

To clean the inside of the tank and the base, use 1/4 cup of vinegar to two cups of water. You can let the solution sit for a few minutes then rinse. If there is heavy mineral build-up you can use a stronger solution of vinegar and allow the humidifier to sit for eight to ten hours. Afterwards, rinse well. You can use the vinegar solution to clean all parts of the humidifier. The use of vinegar eliminates the need to use bleach or corrosive cleaners.

Microwaves

Place a microwave-safe cup of water in the microwave and turn on high for a few minutes. Leave the door closed for another few minutes, then wipe down with a clean, dry cloth. The steam does a great job of loosening particles of food and sanitizing the inside. Use warm, soapy water and a clean cloth to clean the outside of the microwave. If any of the knobs are removable, make sure to clean under them.

Using these simple principles you can keep your small appliances clean and healthful. Regularly cleaning appliances extends their life, which saves you money.

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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

TY

8:30AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

interesting article and some good comments, too.

11:31AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Good tips.

5:23AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

thx

7:14PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Big thank you!

6:46AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Great article, thank you...

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