How to Clean Every Small Kitchen Appliance

From coffee makers to food processors to our special trick for microwave or toaster windows, here are the helpful hacks you need to know for cleaning all of your kitchen electronics and gadgets.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
3-minute read

Use baking soda to clean your coffee maker

Clean Your Coffee Maker

For the best-tasting coffee, make sure to clean your coffee maker regularly. Just add several tablespoons of baking soda to your pot, fill it with water, and run it as usual. Then repeat using only water. You can also use a denture-cleaning tablet instead of baking soda. This cleaning method works both on regular and Krups-style coffee makers!

Now Clean Your Coffee Grinder!

Even your coffee grinder needs a good clean every now and then, and uncooked rice can do the job. Simply mill a handful of rice as you normally do to your coffee beans. The chopped rice cleans out the stuck coffee grounds and oils, and absorbs the stale odors to boot. Afterward, throw away the rice, wipe the grinder clean … and brew fresh coffee!

A Clean Blender, Fast

Wash your blender in less than a minute with this simple trick! Just fill it halfway with hot water, then add a drop of dishwashing liquid, cover with its lid, and hit blend for 30 seconds. Suds will fill your blender and clean it without you having to disassemble the whole contraption.

Easy Cleanup for a Food Processor

Food processors can be cleaned the same way as blenders, but to lessen your clean-up time even more, protect the lid of the processor from spatters by first covering the bowl tightly with a piece of plastic wrap before placing the lid on top. The lid will stay clean and you can toss the plastic wrap in the trash when you’re finished.

Clean a Microwave or Toaster Oven

With all their cooked-on grime, microwaves and toaster ovens can be some of the trickiest appliances to keep clean. Make the process easier with this tip: Fill a small dish (oven-safe if you’re cleaning a toaster oven) and place in it the middle of the microwave or toaster oven. Heat it for two minutes on high (microwave) or 10–15 minutes at 350ºF (for the toaster oven). The water will convert to steam, helping to soften the crumbs and burnt-on foods, so that you can easily wipe it down. Just be sure to unplug it and let it cool down before you start cleaning!

Quick Fix for a Smelly Microwave

Microwave odors? To get rid of a stinky microwave, do the same as the above, but add a bit a few lemon wedges to the water.

Hack for Microwave/Toaster Oven Windows

To clean the smudged, greasy, food-flecked window of your microwave or toaster oven, you can use this formula: 4 parts white vinegar with 4 parts hydrogen peroxide and 2 parts dishwashing liquid. Spray or wipe onto the surface, then let sit an hour before wiping clean. Our favorite hack for toaster oven windows, however, is ashes! Rub fireplace ashes onto the window with a wet rag, then immediately rinse clean. You won’t believe how well they work!

Quickly Clean a Countertop Grill

Here’s the easiest way we’ve found to clean a countertop grill: Unplug it, then put a wet paper towel inside and close the lid for ten minutes. The grease will be loosened up and easy to clean off. This is also a great way to clean waffle irons and panini presses!

Get Gunk Out of a Can Opener

To clean your electric can opener, run a piece of paper towel or wax paper through it. This will pick up the grease and most of the gunk.

For even more cleaning tips for all around your home, check out our eBook, Who Knew? Cleaning Made Easy, available in KindleNook, and PDF formats. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for our Tip of the Day!

The suggestions offered here are for informational purposes only.  The authors and publisher do not accept liability for damages arising from the use, attempted use, misuse or application of any of the suggestions included on this website.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.