How to Clean Any Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertop Appliance

Step 1: Unplug the unit and remove any parts missed in everyday cleaning, such as the cutting wheel and lid holder from the blender blade, toaster crumb trap or electric can opener.

Step 2: Separate any sharp parts near the kitchen sink. (Do not submerge these parts in soapy water, as an accident may occur.) All blades should be carefully hand washed, one at a time.

Step 3: Soak non-electrical parts in warm, soapy water that is not dishwasher safe. If the part is not labeled and the manufacturer’s instructions cannot be found, wash the part by hand. The dishwasher process can warp parts and dull blades. Never submerge electrical components in water.

Step 4: Use a toothbrush or synthetic scouring pad to loosen the grit and clean the surfaces. Steel wool or other hard abrasives can scratch surfaces. (Note: Toasters without a crumb tray should be shaken upside down over a sink or trash can.)

Step 5: Steep the carafe with appliances like coffee makers, juicers and electric kettles. Soaking in warm soapy water for 15 minutes, followed by gentle scrubbing, should remove the underlying build-up. To reduce carface, fill with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Allow the vinegar solution to soak for about 15 minutes before rinsing repeatedly until the vinegar smell is gone. Also run this solution through the coffee maker, repeating twice with water to rinse out any residual solution.

Step 6: Allow the parts to dry thoroughly before reassembling. Residual moisture can cause parts to rust or mildew. If hand drying, use a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

Step 7: Clean any exterior surfaces with a sponge dampened with soapy water. For white appliances, use a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup bleach and 4 cups water to prevent yellowing.

Note: Be sure to review your manufacturers instructions before cleaning your equipment.

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