How often should you clean your kitchen appliances?

09:57 November 10, 2021

It’s easy to overlook the grease, grime, and bacteria that build up inside kitchen appliances, but when it comes to white goods, a little TLC can go a long way.

“The most important tip when cleaning your devices is to check your user manual, as the tips may vary by make and model,” says Rosie Clarke, Product Training Manager at Miele GB.

To get you started on the right foot, here are some expert tips …


“For dishwashers, the filter should be checked after each use to remove any food deposits, seeds or bone fragments, and rinsed under the tap if it appears clogged or dirty. Dishwasher cleaner should be heated once every few months to remove any grease buildup or buildup in the pipes, ”Rosie advises.

It is wise to clean your dishwasher filter after each use.
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Once a month, it is also recommended to watch the spray arms. “If you spot any grime clinging to the rubber nozzles, wipe it off with an old toothbrush and vinegar, while wiping the arms well to remove any residue,” adds Richard Howarth, Major Appliance Expert at .

Washing machine

For washing machines, Rosie says it’s important to make sure you regularly run a warm wash – above 60 degrees – to prevent oil build-up in the machine.

“Use organic laundry detergent in an empty machine and let the wash run – this should be done once a month, unless you regularly do hot washes for things like towels,” she suggests. “The door seal should also be cleaned of all debris and wiped dry after each wash, and the drain filter should be checked and cleaned monthly to remove any trapped items or hair build-up. “

Tumble dryer

“Filters should be stripped of visible lint after each cycle and washed regularly with lukewarm water to remove any additional buildup. The regularity of this depends on the level of use, but many dryers will have indicator lights to let you know when the filters need to be cleaned, ”notes Rosie.


Ovens should be cleaned once a month – or more regularly if you’re an avid cook, says Richard. “Take the shelves out of your oven and submerge them in the sink – or tub if necessary – with lukewarm water and a dedicated oven cleaner, making sure to follow directions. If this option is not viable, you can always put your oven racks in a dishwasher if they are suitable.

“Likewise, using an oven cleaner, you can wipe down the interior of the oven, as long as it has cooled completely before doing so. The door can be easily cleaned using baking soda and water mixed into a paste. Rub on the door and leave to act for 20 minutes, before wiping with a damp cloth. More modern ovens now have pyrolytic self-cleaning features, so this is something to watch out for if you hate cleaning the oven!

Refrigerator freezers

“If you like a lot of fresh, unwrapped food, it may be more appropriate to deeply clean your refrigerator on a monthly basis. However, if you have a lot of bottled or packaged food, you may not need a deep cleaning for three to six months, ”Howarth explains.

The frequency of deep cleanings your refrigerator needs will depend on the type of food you are filling it with.

The frequency of deep cleanings your refrigerator needs will depend on the type of food you are filling it with.
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“First, take out the salad drawers and shelves and let them warm to room temperature, which is especially important if you have glass drawers or shelves. Then clean them with washing up liquid and let them dry completely, or put them in the dishwasher if they are suitable.

“Using baking soda and vinegar, or lukewarm water and lemon, also wipe down the inside of the refrigerator and all of the door shelves. Then use a damp cotton swab to clean the place where the shelves rest and the corners of the door shelves, to access hard-to-reach places. Dry the interior completely with a dry cloth or paper towel before putting everything back inside.


According to Richard, we should deep clean our microwaves once a month. A good way to do this is to fill a microwave safe bowl halfway with water and a few tablespoons of baking soda. “Turn on the microwave for three minutes, let cool for a minute and wipe the inside with a clean cloth,” he says.

“To refresh and eliminate odors, it’s a similar process: [get] a bowl of water, a good squeeze of lemon and a small amount of white wine vinegar, and turn on the microwave for a minute. Wipe off residue or allow to air dry completely before closing the door. Use a special stainless steel or all-purpose exterior cleaner to keep the handle and knobs clean.

Karl M. Bailey