Practical Tips About Cleaning Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Freezers, Microwaves & Other Appliances at Home in San Antonio, TX

Most homeowner’s incorrectly clean the inside of their kitchen appliances. There are many common household cleaners that are great for disinfecting countertops, bathrooms and other outer surfaces. However, many of these disinfectants should not be used on the inside of your kitchen appliances. You could potentially leave behind contaminants that can absorb into your food and even dishes. Those contaminants can make you sick. Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio will share a few proper cleaning techniques to clean your appliance and still kill germs and bacteria that won’t leave behind any contaminates.

How to Clean a Dishwasher

The dishwasher is one of the easiest appliances to clean the interior. Most dishwashers can be cleaned just by running an empty cycle on the most powerful setting. Put white wine vinegar in the soap dispenser to kill any bacteria and eliminate any odors. Make sure to clean the dishwasher filter before you run a cycle to clean the inside of the dishwasher. Of course you can use any cleaner for the outside of the dishwasher without worrying about contaminating your dishware.

How to Clean a Refrigerator

The refrigerator must be cleaned properly or you risk leaving contaminants that affect your food. Of course, remove all food items out of the refrigerator. Any shelves or drawers that can be removed should also be taken out. This will allow access to the entire fridge. For cleaning the interior of the refrigerator, make a water/baking soda solution and use a sponge to scrub the inside. Use the same cleaning solution on the shelves and drawers. Research shows the vegetable drawer has the most bacteria, so make sure you do a thorough cleaning of the vegetable drawer.

How to Clean a Freezer

Freezers surprisingly have the most resistant germs living inside of them. The downside is to clean a freezer properly you will need to allow the freezer to completely defrost so all ice particles melt and are removed. You will want to clean the freezer the same as the refrigerator with the water baking soda mixture. Clean drawers and shelves the same way as well.

How to Clean a Microwave

You never want to use any chemical cleaner inside the microwave. The heat can release some harmful chemicals that will get inside your food. You can use liquid dish soap to clean the glass plate inside the microwave. However you will just want to use hot water and a sponge to clean the inside. If your microwave has a funky odor, then place a bowl with baking soda inside and let it set over night. The baking soda will absorb the odor.

How to Clean an Oven

If you have an oven with a self-cleaning cycle you’re in luck. This is an easy way to clean the inside of the oven. All you will need to do is turn on the self-cleaning cycle and allow the oven to do its job. After it is done and has had a chance to cool down, you can use a cloth to wipe away any residue that may have been left behind. If it is not a self cleaning oven, you can put a cup of ammonia in a warm oven. The ammonia will turn into a gas or vapor and break up the spills and residue inside the oven.


These are the safe methods you can use to clean your appliances without the concern of leaving any contaminants inside your kitchen appliances. Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio can help maintain and repair all your household appliances, but it is up to you to keep them clean and sanitized. We hope we were able to help you accomplish just that. For all of your repair needs, contact Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio.

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