5 reasons to clean your household appliances regularly

Most people enjoy relaxing in a clean home environment and many of us cannot rest until our areas are clean. We tend to spend a lot of time at home and cleanliness is a natural and practical need. But, an area that is often neglected when it comes to home cleaning is keeping appliances clean. We have many appliances in our homes, including; blenders, coffee makers, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, washing machines, and others. We rely on these appliances to make our lives easier and they represent a considerable investment. Here are five reasons why you should clean your household appliances regularly.

1.  Health

Let’s face it, health is one of the top priorities when it comes to any decision that affects the family home. Sadly, most people are unaware that their appliances can be very prone to bacteria, viruses, mold, and other contaminants that can affect their health. A prime example would be the microwave oven that can be contaminated with bacteria from food debris left behind after cooking. When microbes are left on surfaces in a warm environment they can reproduce very quickly which increases the chances of getting sick. The growth of mold in cleaning and cooking areas is also a concern because mold spores can be released into the environment. Mold spores can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate existing respiratory conditions. They also lower the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home and make the air taste stale. Bacterial growth in the refrigerator and freezer is another problem area that can contaminate your stored food and cause bad odors.

2.  Efficiency

When an appliance is kept clean and pristine it tends to work efficiently. Cleaning the surfaces is a good habit to adopt, but don’t forget about any connecting hoses, nozzles, filters, and other items. These are basic systems that help your appliance to work as the manufacturer intended.  When your appliances are clean you should notice that the range cooks evenly and the dishwasher cleans efficiently every time.

3.  Durability

An appliance will have an expected useful lifespan that will vary depending on the make, model, and other factors. To keep the lifespan at the upper end of the expected range it’s important to clean it regularly. When you remove a build-up of dirt, grime, rust, and other materials it will help to maintain the durability of your appliance.

4.  Improved Energy Efficiency

When you keep your appliances clean they will work more efficiently. This will be reflected in the lower energy bills that you receive with no loss of performance. For many people, this will be the single driving force behind developing new cleaning habits for their appliances. Every person wants to reduce their energy bills without compromising on the performance of their appliances.

5.  Freshness

Let’s face it, most people like to use items that are clean and fresh. When your appliances are regularly cleaned it can have a major effect on the general feeling in the home. The atmosphere will be cleaner and more comfortable for you, your family, and visitors to your home.

Cleaning your appliances regularly is good for them and great for your home. Although you may be tempted to invest in chemical cleaning products this isn’t necessary. In fact, some of the best home cleaning products can be made at home with items you already have in your store cupboard. There are many cleaning recipes available online using ingredients, such as baking soda, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and more. Listing them here is beyond the scope of this article, but they are an effective alternative to harsh chemical cleaners.

Do you have any problems with an appliance that cleaning cannot fix? An experienced home appliance repair technician can help you.