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When it comes to everyday appliances like fridges and dishwashers, keeping things spotless is a challenge. Fingerprints, grease streaks, and dust galore – these surfaces see it all! As our appliances get dirty they tend to look more worn out and outdated than they truly are, and we’re all guilty of looking for the next shiny thing to replace an older product with. Follow these DIY cleaning hacks using ingredients you can find around your home to not only help preserve your devices, but the money in your wallet too!

Stained stainless steel

Chances are, at least one of your appliances is made of this bad boy. Contrary to its name, stainless steel collects fingerprints and other grime with ease, making it possibly the most frustrating surface to clean. If after immeasurable trial-and-error you still haven’t figured out the best way to clean stainless steel, don’t worry, we can help. Lucky for you we’ve had our lion’s share of experience with metallic appliances, and are here to advise you on some cleaning do’s and don’ts. Do spray your stainless steel devices with vinegar, and wipe them clean with a microfibre (or other soft material) cloth. You can then dip this cloth in a touch of olive oil, and move it in the direction of the grain to add extra pizazz and sparkle to your appliance, and give it a mirror-like effect. Don’t use chlorine-based cleaning products, or scrub steel surfaces with coarse sponges.

Dirty dishwashers

Apart from being the best way to clean stainless steel and renew its shine, using vinegar is a fool-proof method of tackling all kinds of scum. Its acidity enables it to counteract dirty buildup and dissolve filthy residue, leaving your appliances as clean as new! To rid your dishwasher of nasty, stubborn food particles, run an empty dishwasher with a cup of white vinegar inside.

Reeking refrigerators

How many times have you opened your fridge door and with it, the gates to the land of forgotten, mouldy produce? The smell can get pretty foul, and stink up the rest of the kitchen as well! To eliminate bad odours, we recommend firstly throwing out all expired products, and cleaning the fridge interior with baking soda. Depending on the severity of the smell, fill a cookie sheet with baking soda as well, and leave it in your fridge for a day for a refreshing effect.

Now that you know the best way to clean stainless steel and other pesky surfaces, you can incorporate these tricks into your maintenance routine and delay running to the store for replacements!