Archive for June, 2009

Cleaning and maintenance of the refrigerator

Friday, June 19th, 2009

How to clean a fridge

How to clean a fridge

The fridge became the “first-aid” appliance and it is integral part of the kitchen. If we want it to work properly, we need to defrost and clean it at least twice a year. It is not only ice removal ( new fridges have self-defrosting system) but mostly to get rid of unpleasant smells, dirt and all bacteria. Check the condition of your refrigerator. If you think that it is time to clean it, follow the instruction listed below or hire the professional who could save your valuable time.

We definitely start with unplugging the fridge. Then we need to remove all products, drawers, shelves and leave the door wide open. Products should be wrapped in paper to keep the low temperature as long as possible. If you have a second fridge, remember to check what can be kept in the fridge and what we can put into the freezer. Shelves and drawers need to be cleaned by warm, soapy water, then rinsing and drying. It is not recommended to remove the ice using any sharp tools like a knife or a screwdriver because it easy to scratch and damage the interior. Don’t put any pot with boiling water or a hot iron!! The fridge must defrost by itself and we can only pour out the water.

After defrosting, we start cleaning the fridge interior by using warm, soapy water with soda ( four tablespoons of soda per one gallon of water) and soft cloth. Then we rinse with clean warm, water and then dry. Traces of mold on the walls of the refrigerator we need to clean with dish soap or water with vinegar ( ten teaspoons of vinegar per one gallon of water), then rinse and dry. Any scouring powders for sink cleaning is not recommended to use.

Next step it to wipe out the fully unfrozen fridge with alcohol damp cloth and wait until the fridge gets rid of the unpleasant smells. After that we can put back products on the shelves and drawers. Do not plug in the fridge if it is still moist. The wet parts could freeze up in the fridge and the whole process should be repeated.

Window Cleaning

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Crystal-clear windows

Crystal-clear windows

Using a wet sponge with soap water we need to wipe out the window and frames. It is important to keep the sponge cleaned and change the water very often. When we cleaned all dirty spots, we need to rinse the window also using a sponge and then wipe out thoroughly with a dry soft rag.

Almost every housewife has her own favorite method of cleaning window screens. Some of them use water with detergents, then rinse the screens and wipe them out with a soft rag. Some clean them using paper towels and special cleaning product like Windex with ammonia D. Very popular and effective way is to clean the windows with vinegar and water. Every method is probably good if our windows look crystal-clear without streaks.

If we need to remove paint from the window it is better to use a sharp razor but we should be very careful not to scratch the glass. This method is very effective but a full attention is required. When the glass breaks and it is no way to replace it very quickly we can use the liquid glass to fill the gaps. It helps to keep all broken parts together.

The frosted glass door inside the house should to be cleaned with warm water and vinegar in proportion of 2:1 ( 2water : vinegar). Using a soft rag we wipe out the glass and immediately rinse and dry.