Freshen Up Foul Kitchen Appliances with Steamatic

The summer is upon us, and the warm weather generally leads to more social events and interactions as sports, outdoor cook-outs, and house parties become much more practical. This means that there is a better chance that you will be entertaining at your place. If you want your guests to be as comfortable as possible, you will need to ensure that your home is as clean as you can make it. Nobody wants to hang out at a messy house!

However, aesthetics are only one part of the equation when you are trying to impress your guests with a clean home. All of the senses must be satisfied. The most tidy-looking house on the block will get no visitors if greasy countertops offend your guests’ sense of touch. Similarly, an immaculate-looking home will get few visitors this summer if it reeks!

Smells can be tough to fight off, in part because they can be tough to detect if you have lived with them for any substantial amount of time. Your nose will grow accustomed to the stink, effectively blinding you to the smell that is turning everyone away at your door.

Smells can take hold all over the home, too. Having an odour in your home isn’t necessarily an indication of poor cleaning and maintenance. Many odours in the home are the result of plumbing issues or mischievous pets, while others simply take hold because homeowners are not familiar with the proper cleaning techniques.

Perhaps one of the biggest problem areas is the kitchen. The kitchen is where a number of plumbing fixtures are stored, and where all of your food preparation and storage is done. This means there is plenty of moisture and organic matter to kick-start some seriously pungent odours. If you have ever wondered how to keep your kitchen appliances smelling fresh, then read on to learn how to freshen up foul kitchen appliances with Steamatic cleaning tips!

My refrigerator reeks!

Your refrigerator may reek for any number of reasons. Not only are leftovers stored here, but drip trays and other faulty internal components can leak and mold. Finding the source of the smell is going to be your first challenge, but it is often as simple as following your nose.

A good first step would be to root through your fridge in search of any old food items. Sometimes deodorizing your refrigerator can be as simple as pulling out any moldy leftovers and tossing them away. However, if these old foods have been stored in your fridge for a long time, you may need to make a bit more of an effort.

To clean away mold or sticky stains from old food, mix together a cleaning solution using 1/4 cup of baking soda and 4 cups of warm water. Clean off any sides, shelves, and drawers that may have come into contact with spoiled food. When you are finished, leave an open box of baking soda to ward away future smells.

To keep odours from coming back, remember to clean up spills on the spot, seal all leftovers tightly, and to monitor your fridge temperature to ensure everything is being cooled properly.

My sink stinks!

The kitchen sink is a dump site for all kinds of cooking liquids, sugary drinks, and soap suds. This combination can create quite the stink.

First you will want to unclog the sink. Even if water drains out in a satisfactory way, any food particles that get lodge harmlessly in the drain can fester, especially since they are constantly exposed to water. To remove these stinky obstructions, use a hair-clog removal tool or makeshift metal coat hanger to claw around. If you can’t pull it out, you might be able to push it through.

You can also try a vinegar and baking soda solution. Pack the drain with baking soda and pour 1/4 cup of vinegar over the drain. Allow this mixture to bubble and fizz for about 10 minutes, then empty a kettle of boiling water over it to flush away any left-over debris.

My garbage disposal needs to be deodorized.

It isn’t hard to imagine how kitchen garbage disposals get stinky when you consider all of the old food that is carved up in there.

The first step for stink removal is to keep things clean. Occasionally drip some dish soap into your disposal and let it run for a minute or so. Let the tap run as you do so.

If this doesn’t work, try freezing white vinegar in an ice cube tray and running them through your disposal. The combination of acid and abrasion should clean out the worst of the smells that you face, while also obliterating any stinky bacteria.

General upkeep is important; it is easier to prevent a smell than to remove one.

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