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How to maintain kitchen appliances during your tenancy

When you’re a tenant in someone else’s property, more often than not you’ll be using the appliances already fitted during your time there. This means you have to look after them properly. Not only is it pretty disrespectful to let your landlord’s appliances fall into disrepair, it’ll also remove any chance of you getting your deposit back when you move out.

To help you we’ve got tips on everything from how to defrost a freezer to how to clean a microwave, so you can keep your landlord’s appliances in good working order throughout your tenancy.

How to defrost a freezer

Learning how to defrost a freezer is essential to maintaining appliances during your tenancy. If you allow ice to build up on the walls, your freezer isn’t going to run as efficiently as it should. This means it’s more likely to breakdown, and you could pay more on your electricity bill too.

We’ve given you a quick run-through below on how to defrost a freezer, but you can also find more tips here.

Empty the freezer and turn it off.
Place a container of boiling water on the bottom shelf with a towel and close the door.
While the ice is defrosting, wash any freezer drawers in soapy water and leave to dry.
Open the freezer after a few hours, remove the container and mop up the melted ice.
Give the insides and door of your freezer a good clean and replace any drawers.
Turn the freezer back on and restock it. Do not re-freeze anything that has begun to defrost.

How to clean an oven

For a cheap and easy way of cleaning your oven properly, you need just two ingredients: baking soda and vinegar.

Remove any trays or racks from your oven and make sure it is switched off.
Mix half a cup of baking soda with 3 tablespoons of water.
Spread the mixture on the inside of your oven (apart from the heating rods).
Let it sit for 12 hours.
Wipe off as much of the mixture as you can.
Spray white vinegar everywhere that baking soda remains and wipe with a damp cloth.
Give your oven a final wipe down with plain water and wash the door and outside.

How to clean a microwave

It may be a smaller appliance but looking after the microwave during your tenancy is still important.

Mix 1 cup of water with a slice of lemon, orange or lime in a microwave-safe bowl.
Put it in the microwave and turn it on for a few minutes.
When the time is up, leave the bowl inside with the door closed to cool for 15 minutes.
Remove the bowl and wipe the insides thoroughly with a clean cloth. The dirt should just lift off.

How to look after a dishwasher

Dishwashers make being a clean tenant easy, but how can you make sure they don’t breakdown?

Rinse plates before putting them in the dishwasher to remove chunks of leftover food.
Never overfill your dishwasher so that it can work properly (and efficiently)
Run an empty cycle with a cup of white vinegar or use shop-bought cleaners once a month.

With these tips you can easily take care of kitchen appliances during your tenancy – something that will pay off when it’s time to leave. Put in a little elbow grease now, and you’ll enjoy the rewards.

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