Tips For More Efficient Appliances

Regular cleaning on your appliances can really make them work more effectively and last longer. You can save a lot of money on repairs and replacements by just doing some basic cleaning on your major appliances.

The Fridge

The inside of the fridge can be awful to clean, and as essential as that is for keeping a clean and sanitary kitchen, it doesn’t really do anything for your fridge’s operation. If you want this vital and expensive appliance to last longer, then you need to do some detailed cleaning on the outside.

The coils are one of the parts most likely to break down and need repairs. To get to them, you usually need to remove the kick plate at the bottom. Then vacuum out all the debris that has built up there. You will usually find lots of hair and dust that has accumulated. By cleaning that part of your fridge every month, you will prolong its lifespan considerably and have a fridge that runs more efficiently, saving you electricity.

The Stove And Oven

To keep your oven and/or stove running longer and at peak efficiency, you need to do regular cleaning that is more in line with what you would commonly do.

Make sure you clean the burners on the stove’s top. These can get clogged up and cause problems with the heating elements. Just about any degreaser will work well to keep the stove running efficiently.

The oven might a bit harder to clean, as encrusted food can be tougher to
remove. You can use an oven cleaner or a homemade mixture of vinegar, water and soap. Be sure to clean along the bottom and at all the vent openings. This puts less stress on your stove and allows it to function like it should. You will get better heating efficiency from your oven with this kind of regular maintenance.

If you have an oven that is powered by a gas line connected to a tank, be sure to keep the line free from kinks. If the link is compressed, it will stifle gas flow and cause weaknesses in the line that can lead to a gas leak.




We often think of microwaves as hardy appliances that aren’t prone to breaking down, and that is true in most cases. But old or low-quality microwaves need some extra care to keep them going. The main thing to make sure you do in your cleaning is to clean the inside on all the vents. This allows for more efficient heating and puts less stress on the microwave.

You also want to clean the exterior, removing dust and any blockages on the outside vents. This is a good idea for any appliance. If there are vents on the outside, they need to be kept clean and clear of debris and dust. Those vents are the primary way your appliance is keeping itself from being damaged. If those vents are blocked at all, it will put major stress on your appliance and shorten its lifespan.

More Efficient Home Cleaning Methods

Those who have been cleaning their house for years know a few secrets to pass on to the younger generations. If you find yourself frustrated by your cleaning methods and you just want to get more done, then these housekeeping tips from experienced professional cleaners will help you out.

The Versatile Toothbrush

Those fine cleaning and scrubbing jobs never seem to be able to be properly finished using regular tools. It seems like you need a specialty tool for each task. But a toothbrush is a very versatile and common tool you can use to clean just about anything.

You want to have a specially designated brush of course, but this tool can be much cheaper and more efficient to the more expensive brushes you find in home specialty stores.

There are many places you can use it like your shower, tiles, mirror edges, window sills and kitchen utensils, just to name a few. The toothbrush is small enough to get in places where other cleaning tools cannot and it is durable enough to last you for a while.

vacuum cleanerCentralized Vacuuming

Many people waste a lot of time vacuuming their house. They have to keep unplugging the re-plugging their vacuum cleaner when they run out of cord.

Instead of unplugging each time you go to a new room to vacuum, plug the vacuum into a central room and attach an extension cord. You can do all or most of your vacuuming from a single outlet, saving you a lot of hassle and walking back and forth. Your legs will appreciate the lighter workout they have to endure to get your floors looking great.

Remove Grease Everywhere

You likely notice that grease builds up on doorknobs, keyboards, counters and other places that get touched a lot. That comes from the oil in people’s hands.

This grease gets worse if you let it accumulate, but you can deal with it easily.

Most cleaning products aren’t going to work on every surface you need to get the grease off of, but one does. A magic eraser can easily wipe the grease off of just about any surface. A couple of wipes anywhere and you should be good to go.

Instead of using a variety of chemicals and wipes, you can just use these erasers for everything.

windowsClean Windows Faster

Windows can take a while to clean properly, but there are some shortcuts you can take.

For small glass panes, such as hand mirrors or small windows, you can use balled up newspaper and your favourite window cleaner. The glass in small windows won’t be scratched by the newspaper, since it is over such a small surface area.

For larger glass surfaces, such as large mirrors and patio windows, you can use a squeegee. The squeegee is soft and won’t scratch up the glass, and it can cover a large surface area quickly, saving you a lot of time.

These are just a few ways you can cut down on your cleaning time and get more effective results.

Cut Back On House Cleaning Time

You may feel like you don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done around the house that you need to do. But there are ways to cut down on how much time our chores take to finish. You can reduce the time you spend cleaning your house and still have a great looking home. Here is how you do it.

Time Awareness

A lot of people just go through their chores and don’t pay much attention to how long it takes them to do it. They may have an estimate in their mind, but they probably don’t know for sure. The bigger jobs you have to do around the house, such as mopping, sweeping and scrubbing can take longer than you might expect.

When you do one of these time-intensive jobs, pay attention to exactly how long it takes to get it done. Then keep that time in mind for the next time you have to do it. That way, you can make sure you are setting out enough time to get the job done and not have to return to it later or leave it half finished.

Set Cleaning Time Clocks

You may have it in mind to do some cleaning and then get distracted and not finish it. That will make you have to spend more time getting caught up on everything at the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Instead, set yourself a specific amount of time for cleaning each day. Set an alarm for 15-20 minutes or so and work the entire time. If you do quality work around the house for a set period of time each day and don’t cut your time short, you will have far less to do when the weekend comes and you won’t be wasting all your free time doing things that could have been split up across the week.

Get Everyone Involved

You don’t have to do all the housework yourself. If you have kids or a spouse, you can make a checklist you all have agreed on. You each have your assigned jobs to do, and once those jobs are done, you can check them off. This gives everyone some accountability, splits up the workload and ensures that all the work gets done without it taxing you too much.

If you are having trouble getting the family involved in the cleaning, tie their chores into their rewards. You can let them know that they get no TV or video-game time until they are finished with their chores. By incentivizing the cleaning, you ensure that it gets done without the old problem of them saying they will do it tomorrow.

Stay Organized

One of the big time wasters when it comes to cleaning is when you have to look for your tools. The mop is in one room and the cleaning solution is another. If you create a cleaning closet or cleaning caddy then you know what you have and where it is. This will save you a ton of wasted time later.