How To Clean Your Favorite Small Kitchen Appliances

When it comes to life in the kitchen, it is no secret that that our coffee makers, toasters and food processors play a very important role. Our coffee makers give us that important java jumpstart we need each morning and our food processors help us get busy weeknight dinners on the table in a flash.

So to return the favor and show these small appliances a little bit of love, it is important to clean and care for them properly. Here are a few simple tips:

Food Processors

There are three parts of a food processor or blender that you need to clean in order to keep the appliance looking and functioning at its best – the blades, the bowl and the base of the unit.

To clean the base of the food processor or blender you need to first unplug the unit and then wipe it down with a clean damp cloth. If over the years, your white food processor has developed some yellow staining, simply add a little bit of baking soda to some warm water and apply it to the stained area of the base. Let it sit for 15 minutes and wipe away.

Many food processor blades are dishwasher safe but some are not. If you must wash the blades by hand be very careful as they can be quite sharp. Always dry the blades thoroughly after washing so they don’t rust.


Alongside our trusty coffee makers, a toaster is another morning must-have. From chaotic mornings when we need breakfast on the fly to lazy Sunday mornings in our slippers and robe, a toaster is an essential tool in the kitchen.

Most toasters these days are stainless steel and can be a challenge to clean. In order to keep your toaster sparkling and smudge-free it is important to clean it regularly with either a specially formulated cleaner made for stainless steel appliances or wipe it with a damp cloth followed by a quick buff with a clean dry kitchen towel.

Coffee Makers

Perhaps one of the most used kitchen appliance in any home, a coffee maker deserves some special attention.

If your coffee maker is the type that requires a filter, be sure to replace it often and always clean the glass pot in warm soapy water after each use. This will help prevent the glass from developing ugly brown coffee stains around the middle.

Fortunately, if staining does occur, there is an easy way to get rid of it. Simply take one cup of crushed ice and add 4 teaspoons of coarse salt. Then mix a little bit of warm water to the ice and salt and carefully pour the mixture into your coffee pot. Gently swirl the ice around inside the pot for a few minutes and pour it out. Wash and rinse as usual and your pot should look as good as new.

With a little bit of time and attention, you can be sure that your favorite small kitchen appliance will look and perform its very best for a long time.

Article courtesy of Moms Kitchen – a great resource for helpful, honest and in-depth reviews on products like the Cuisinart Food Processor, Panasonic Bread Maker and a few of the most popular KitchenAid Mixer Attachments.

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