Sometimes cleaning is a breeze. But when it comes to cleaning tricky household items, things can get complicated. If you’ve been putting off cleaning your toaster, single-pot coffee maker, or other hard-to-clean items, take this as a sign it’s time to finally do it. Don’t panic — we’re here to help you clean tricky household items every step of the way.
If you use your toaster every day, you need to clean it out. A collection of burnt bread and crumbs can become a fire hazard. But how exactly do you clean a toaster? Good news—it’s a lot less complicated than you may imagine. Here’s what you need:
- All-Purpose Cleaner
Toaster Cleaning Instructions
- Be sure your toaster is unplugged.
- Turn your toaster upside down over your trash can and shake it to release crumbs and debris.
- Use a spatula to dislodge and remove any remaining crumbs from the toaster.
- If your toaster has a removable crumb tray, take it out and use a damp sponge to clean it.
- Use a damp sponge and all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the exterior.
Single-Pot Coffee Maker
Single pot coffee machines make it easy to enjoy a cup of joe in just a few minutes. But they aren’t as easy to clean as a standard coffee machine, a french press, or even a cappuccino machine.
You’ll need white vinegar, soap, and water.
- Make sure the machine is unplugged before getting started.
- Take out all the removable parts and clean them off with soap and water. Set aside to dry.
- Next, fill the water reservoir all the way up with white vinegar.
- Put any removable pieces back into place, then run the coffee maker on its highest setting. Make sure to put a large mug or bowl underneath to collect the vinegar.
- Continue running the coffee maker until all the vinegar is gone.
- Re-fill the reservoir with water, and repeat the process to thoroughly clean it out.
Over time, blinds can collect dirt, grime, and dust. If you want a sparkling clean home, you’ll need to give your blinds a good cleaning on a semi-regular basis.
The trick to easily cleaning your blinds? A microfiber cloth. Simply run the cloth along your blinds to remove any build-up. Another option is to use a vacuum brush attachment to lightly clean off your blinds.
Comforters are a hassle to clean, which is why some people just skip them entirely. But comforters collect dirt, skin, and germs after a while. If you want to climb into a truly clean bed each night, you’re going to need to wash your comforter.
Unfortunately, there’s no quick hack to cleaning a comforter. You’ll need to take it to a laundromat so you can wash it in a high-capacity washer that’s equipped to handle large, bulky items. However, there is something you can do in between cleanings to eliminate bacteria and possible odors: Spray it with vodka. Simply pour some (preferably cheap) vodka into a spray bottle, and spritz your comforter down. Vodka is proven to be an effective disinfectant, so you’ll be killing germs and creating a healthier place to rest your head each night.
Now that summer is here, it’s time to start using ceiling fans again. Since it’s probably been a while since you last used it, your fan has likely accumulated dust and germs. It’s important to give your ceiling fan a good cleaning to keep your apartment a healthy home.
You’ll need the following tools: Step ladder, old pillowcase, all-purpose cleaner.
- Make sure your fan is off. To be extra safe, put some tape on the switch to ensure no one turns it on while you’re cleaning.
- While standing on your ladder, cover each frame of the fan with your pillowcase, doing it one at a time.
- After you’ve removed all the dust and grime you could find, spray your all-purpose cleaning solution on the fan and wipe each blade down.
Coffee grinders can’t be washed in the traditional way, so you’re stuck cleaning them out with a damp cloth. This does an OK job but tends to leave a lot of coffee residue behind.
Here’s a unique solution: try using uncooked rice to clean out your coffee grinder.
- Take ¼ cup uncooked rice and place it into the grinder.
- Grind it for about one minute.
- Dump out the ground rice, then wipe the inside down with a cloth.