Cleaning Appliances - It Doesn't Have To Be Horrible

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Greenville Upstate

Cleaning appliances can be a daunting task, especially if you're as lazy as I am. But fear not, my fellow sloths, for I have discovered the secrets to making your kitchen look spick and span without breaking a sweat (or a nail).

First up, let's tackle the oven. The oven is like the black hole of your kitchen, constantly devouring any and all spills and stains that dare to cross its path. But fear not, for we have the power of baking soda on our side! Simply mix some baking soda with water to create a paste, spread it all over the inside of the oven, and let it sit for a few hours (or overnight, if you're feeling particularly lazy). Then, wipe away the paste with a damp cloth and voila! Your oven will be as good as new. And hey, if you're feeling adventurous, you could even stick your head in there and pretend you're in a sauna. Just don't turn it on, okay?

Next up, the fridge. Now, I don't know about you, but my fridge is always filled with mystery stains and expired condiments. But fear not, for we have the power of vinegar on our side! Simply mix some white vinegar with water in a spray bottle, and use it to clean the inside of your fridge. The vinegar will help kill any bacteria and get rid of any lingering odors. And hey, if you're feeling extra fancy, you could even organize your fridge by color or alphabetically. Just don't forget to throw out that moldy cheese from 2017.

And finally, the dishwasher. Ah, the dishwasher. The one appliance that's supposed to make our lives easier, but somehow always ends up making things more complicated. But fear not, for we have the power of...wait for it...lemonade mix on our side! Yes, you read that right. Simply sprinkle some lemonade mix (the powder kind, not the liquid kind) into the dishwasher and run it on a hot cycle. The citric acid in the lemonade mix will help break down any gunk or buildup in your dishwasher, leaving it clean and fresh. And hey, if you're feeling extra adventurous, you could even try washing your dishes by hand for once. Just be warned, it's a slippery slope.

So there you have it, folks. The lazy person's guide to cleaning appliances. Just remember, a clean kitchen is a happy kitchen. And if all else fails, just order takeout and pretend like you never saw those stains in the first place.


Comments (12)

Trish Cole
Veterans United Home Loans of Puget Sound NMLS#1907 - Puyallup, WA

The lemonade trick is a new one to me.  I am going to have to give it a shot.  Thanks for slothful tips!  I love it.

Apr 14, 2023 07:37 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Apr 14, 2023 07:52 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bill, I rarely use my oven, so it is still pristine, but the refrigerator needs some attention every week.  

Apr 14, 2023 09:30 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bill  - I wipe the inside of my fridge almost daily!!! And I also have vinegar and baking soda in stock at all times. I'd forgotten about the lemonade solution! Thank you for the reminder. 

Apr 14, 2023 05:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 15, 2023 06:55 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Bill Kennedy very good detailed helpful report about cleaning appliances.

Apr 15, 2023 08:22 PM
Michael Jacobs

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - pondering creates all sorts of possibilities.  Of course, random rhymes and abundant alliteration must be addressed.   

Apr 16, 2023 02:12 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill - I can see it now:  Suggestions for Sloths.  I am thinking it could become a series of books, perhaps even more, as you are far from being alone.  

Apr 16, 2023 05:00 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Or a pondering sloth post Michael Jacobs !!

Apr 16, 2023 11:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bill Kennedy ,

Well I'm delighted I found your post in Kathy Streib's Sunday series! Loved reading you quick solutions to appliance cleaning and have never heard of the lemonade trick! 

Apr 16, 2023 06:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Very interesting tips. I found that even when I clean the inside of my oven (using the oven cleaning cycle) the door is not cleaned. You can use one of those dishwasher soap squares (the crumbly kind). Wet that and use it to scrub the glass. It comes out great!

Apr 16, 2023 06:34 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti the dishwasher soap square is a new one for me!!! I'm going to try that!

Apr 16, 2023 06:58 PM
Kat Palmiotti

I was surprised how well it worked Kathy Streib 

Apr 17, 2023 04:27 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I need to use the vinegar solutions more! I don't like the smell of a lot of the cleaning fluids.

Apr 16, 2023 07:20 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I don't like the smell either faye schubert and never use them because of it!

Apr 16, 2023 11:28 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Well hi Bill Kennedy I'm so  glad Kathy Streib featured your post!  You are a funny guy!  And it just so happens I'm cleaning my gas stove this morning.  But all I have to do is set it on the clean cycle and a few hours later it's perfect1  One and done, my kind of cleaning!

Apr 16, 2023 11:27 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The lemonade mix is new and should be environmentally safe as well.

Apr 17, 2023 08:20 AM