Clean Appliances Periodically
Coffee makers – run vinegar water (or other recommended cleaning solution) through it perhaps every three months, give or take. You need to make sure to clear out and kill the muck that collects inside the unit. After the cleaning, run plain water through a cycle several times to get the cleaner rinsed out. Every day clean and let dry the water reservoir and filter basket. If they don’t dry, mold can set up.
Wipe the gaskets of the refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and such – to remove gunk but also add mineral oil to wipe with, to extend the life. This can be done several months apart and not very frequently.
Wash the refrigerator shelves and drawers every couple or so months. Mold from food spills and old food starts growing if not wiped somewhat frequently. You can use soap and water, Clorox wipes (though wipe the chemical off), baking soda in hot water, or other cleaning solution. To help out, clean the top shelf one week, the next shelf down the next week, etc. so the whole day isn’t dedicated to a complete refrigerator cleaning session. Always clean from the top first so anything that drips down is caught as you clean below it. Make sure to wash the drawer guides – mold grows in areas you don’t normally see.
Wipe the appliances down after you use them – the base of a blender, a mixer, a food processor base. The sugar and flour attract ants and bugs – then they migrate to your flour and sugar storage areas.
Run a vinegar or mouthwash load without clothes in your washer once in a while. Keep up with occasional cleanings so you keep healthy and prevent issues with mold, germs and bugs.