Finally, you can put all your hands up in the air as the holiday feast has already ended. And we can all say that it’s all coming back to normal already! But then, what’s the status of your kitchen right now? Maybe rate it from 1-10 regarding how chaotic it is.
So, the main challenge is this: How to clean your kitchen appliances after the busy holiday? Well, We are Singaporeans and resilient to challenges, right? So, let’s all roll up our sleeves and face it.
To ease your burden from a major kitchen clean-up task, Megafurniture has compiled some cleaning tips applicable to different kitchen appliances that played a significant role during the holiday fest.
Can you imagine how your refrigerators keep your kueh lapis or Hainanese chicken rice freshly chilled during the holiday celebrations? If one kitchen appliance deserves an award for working very hard during the festive feasts, it’s your mighty fridges. Why not show them some TLC after the holiday? Let’s set the stage for a fresh and fabulous start to the post-holiday season with our cleaning tips below for our fridges:
- Empty your fridge first and check for any expired items. You may need to have a cooler on standby to place the items that will quickly spoil in there temporarily.
- Use gentle cleaning solutions like baking soda and warm water to wipe your refrigerator’s interior.
- Remove the shelves and drawers and wash them in soapy water.
- Dry everything thoroughly before putting everything back in the fridge.
Tip: To keep your refrigerator fresh after cleaning, use natural odour absorbers such as baking soda, activated charcoal, fresh coffee grounds and lemon slices or vanilla extracts.
Oven or Stovetop
Are you finished cooking stir-fried hokkien mee and sambal prawns on your stovetop? Then tell us about the splattered oil and sauces all over it. You might feel guilty for not cleaning it up immediately because it stained this kitchen appliance. How about the honey-glazed char-siew grease residues inside your oven? You may be scratching your heads while dealing with these post-holiday aftermaths, but we got your back here. So, how to clean these kitchen appliances the best way? Below are the tips:
- Use a commercial oven cleaner or a baking soda and water paste. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight, then wipe clean.
How To Make Water Paste:
- You should use a scraper or heavy-duty cleaner to remove stubborn stains.
- Clean your stove with a degreaser or soapy water. Don’t forget to lift it to clean underneath it.
List of degreasers for your stove:
- Vinegar and Dish Soap Solution
- Baking Soda and Lemon
- Vinegar and Baking Soda Paste
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
- Rubbing Alcohol Solution
After all the busyness your kitchen has to handle during the holiday, thank your microwave oven for helping you with the festive food prep. Give this kitchen appliance the ultimate spa day it deserves. Follow the following cleaning tips:
- Place a bowl of water with lemon juice in the microwave and run it for several minutes. The steam will loosen the grime.
- Wipe the interior with a sponge cloth.
- Clean the exterior with a mild cleaner.
Your dishwasher is one kitchen appliance that worked hard during the holiday season. Just imagine the constant battle of rinsing it has to face. So, a cleanup shall do the trick to ensure it’s ready again to tackle the everyday adventure of a Singapore kitchen post-holiday. Let’s see how these tips can help.
- Clean the filter and remove any food debris.
- On the top rack, run it empty with a dishwasher cleaner or a cup of white vinegar.
Small Kitchen Appliances like Toasters, Blenders, Coffee Makers, etc.
Our small kitchen appliances, like the toasters, blenders, and coffee makers, became our allies during the holiday kitchen boot camp. They’ve been with you through thick and thin, constantly whipping, toasting, and brewing. How can we best clean them up? Here’s our share of the nugget:
- Unplug and clean the exterior with a damp cloth.
- For toasters, remove the crumb tray and shake out all the crumbs.
- Clean your blender jars and coffee maker pots as you would with regular dishes. Remember also to clean its removable parts like blades and filters separately.
General Kitchen Appliances Cleaning Tips:
- Always unplug the appliances before cleaning them.
- Use a toothbrush or small brush to get into its tiny, hard-to-reach corners.
- Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals or abrasive materials that can cause damage to the kitchen appliances’ surfaces.
- Regularly clean and maintain them constantly to keep them in pristine condition.
After applying all the post-holiday kitchen appliance cleaning tips we’ve shared with you, we are sure these kitchen warriors will be ready to face another round of Singapore holidays, whether the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali or the next Christmas season. Just keep these kitchen appliances pristine and in good shape always. Remember, maintenance is key!