Tips for Cleaning Major Appliances

Dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines come clean pronto with these quick tips.

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Some cleaning jobs require a little more ingenuity and elbow grease. But with these ideas, you can transform big, dirty jobs—smeared refrigerators, grimy dishwashers and musty washing machines—handily.

Materials Needed

  • vacuum cleaner
  • lemon Kool-Aid

Problem Child #1: Dirty Dishwasher

A dirty dishwasher can be a chore to clean. Here's how to take a messy machine from grungy to glittering.

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Take Out the Lower Rack

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Vacuum Out Filter Area

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Add Kool-Aid

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Run Dishwasher

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Good As New!

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Problem Child #2: Grungy Washing Machine

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Materials Needed:

  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • water

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Pour Vinegar Into Wash

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Mix Baking Soda and Water

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Add to Detergent Dispenser

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Run Washer

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Wipe Gasket

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Clean Machine!

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Problem Child #3: Smudged and Streaked Fridge

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Materials Needed:

  • olive oil
  • 2 microfiber cloths

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Add Olive Oil to Cloth

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Wipe Down Fridge With Cloth

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Buff Fridge

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Use a fresh microfiber cloth to buff the refrigerator.

Shining Star

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