Kitchen

Give those appliances a good cleaning

It has been a cooking frenzy and all my appliances are out.

Which means I need to clean them properly.

And the end of the year is a perfect time for a good clean.

My food processor, which sits on a pull-out shelf (it is too heavy to carry) has been in use practically every day this season. Usually, I dump the parts into the dishwasher.

But I have decided to inspect all the parts as well.

Fairly clean, but you do need a small bottle brush to get into all the crevices. You can buy a teat brush, which is used to clean baby bottle teats, for this. Or use an old toothbrush.

Actually, a rinse after each use with a cup of warm soapy water, or equal parts of baking soda and water, would get rid of most of the gunk. But, of course, I tend to forget.

I should also do this periodically with my juicer and blender. Together with some lemon juice, it also gets rid of any remnant smell.

Do not forget to unplug each appliance before cleaning. And, yes, never use a metal skewer to get into crevices of these electrical appliances; it is safer to use just a bamboo stick.

And do not forget the exterior. Simply wipe down appliances with a damp cloth and that should get rid of most of the stains and gunk that are still stuck.

Otherwise, use a white "magic eraser" sponge - which is made of melamine foam - that removes stains like, well, magic!

Sylvia Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2016, with the headline 'Give those appliances a good cleaning'. Print Edition | Subscribe