Quick Tricks for keeping your appliances clean

11 Oct Quick Tricks for keeping your appliances clean

One thing that seems to be in never-ending supply are piles of dirty laundry and mounds of dishes that fill up the kitchen sink.  Which means (unless you wash everything by hand) that your washer, dryer, and dishwasher are almost always cleaning something.

But have you ever stopped to wonder if the appliances themselves ever need cleaning? How often do you use your washer and dryer?  What about your dishwasher?  Believe it or not, these appliances designed for cleaning need a little cleaning themselves every now and then.  Here are a few cheap and easy methods to help your cleaning units running in tip-top shape.


It’s hard to say which appliance does the most dirty work, but most people would probably say your dishwasher wins the trophy.  Think of all the dairy products, meat, and other leftovers that get stuck in the bottom.  It’s not a pretty sight.  What’s more, if you’re not careful those leftovers can clog up and even damage your dishwasher.  Avoid all that with these handy tips.

Wash the filter

Many people don’t realize their dishwasher comes with a filter, but something has to stop all that food from clogging up your pipes.  Failure to clean your filter can lead to bigger and more serious problems.  Remove the filter (usually located on the bottom of the unit) and let it soak in warm, soapy water for 15-20 minutes.  Carefully remove any bits of food before replacing the filter.

Freshen with vinegar and baking soda

Certainly not together (flashbacks of grade school science projects), but both of these common household items can do wonders for your dishwasher. Put ¾ cups vinegar in the bottom of your unit and run a full cycle. After this dries out, add a cup of baking soda and let it sit overnight. Run one more cycle and your dishwasher will look, smell and be clean.

Put that toothbrush to good use

Assuming you’re not using it for brushing, old toothbrushes are always handy to have for detailed scrubbing.  Even after cleaning with vinegar and baking soda, there may still be some residual grime or stains.  Use a bit of water and baking soda to scrub away any debris that may be tucked in the corners or creases of your dishwasher.

Washer and Dryer

When it comes to cleaning washers and dryers, most people only go so far as clearing out the lint filter every cycle.  While this certainly helps,  there’s definitely more to keeping your washer and dryer running efficiently than periodic filter cleaning.  


A vacuum cleaner will be one of the best tools for cleaning your dryer.  There are two main areas you should focus on: the lint vent and the air vent. Remove the filter and clean thoroughly with a damp rag.  Before replacing the lint filter, use the edging attachment on your vacuum to clean out the area where you insert the filter.  Make sure there are no rips in the filter and that it fits tightly in its placement.

Remove the exhaust hose from the back of your dryer and make sure nothing is preventing a tight seal.  Shine a flashlight down the hose to see if there are any sizable debris preventing airflow.  Get those first, then send your vacuum down to clean up anything else.  As you’re finishing hooking everything back up, wipe inside and out with some warm water and a little vinegar.


Your washer will require a little more work than the dryer due to all buildup caused by water, dirt, soap and other debris.  Start by removing the detergent dispensers and soaking them in warm, soapy water.

While the dispensers are soaking, run a max-load cycle (water only) with a cup of bleach.  This will disinfect and deodorize your washer.  If you have any dirty whites, go ahead and throw them in the next load.  If not, you may want to run another empty cycle to wash out the bleach.

Finally, get that old toothbrush out again start scrubbing around all the seals.  A thorough cleaning with bleach is very effective, but it won’t get everything.  Finish your cleaning with some detailed scrubbing and touch-ups.

Keep it clean

As with all appliances, you can avoid a great deal of issues simply by regularly checking and cleaning your washer, dryer and dishwasher.  Don’t forget, a little bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way.  Taking a few minutes now to clean up your appliances will help you avoid more serious issues in the future.  

Let Crest Help

Everyone’s appliances wear out sometime, and never when you’re ready for it.  That’s why Crest Financial offers a no credit needed program as a way to help people get the things they need when they need them.  To learn about our different leasing options, visit our website at http://www.crestfinancial.com/customers/

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