How to Clean Appliances with Vinegar

How to clean appliances with vinegar - Ask Anna
Here are a few quick tips for how to clean appliances with vinegar! Forget harsh chemicals and clean your appliances the all-natural way!
#1 Dishwasher
Many of you may have seen my previous post on How to Clean your Dishwasher.  But if you didn’t here’s a re-cap.  To “remove built-up soap film and increase [dishwasher] performance [pour] 1 cup of undiluted white vinegar into the bottom of the [dishwasher], or in a bowl on the top rack.  Then run the machine through a full cycle without any dishes or detergent.”  When it has finished the cycle wipe down the inside of the dishwasher with a damp cloth.
#2 Oven
Here’s my previous post on how I use vinegar to clean my oven but today I’m going to give you a few new tips.  “To remove grease, grime and cooking spills from inside your oven make a paste of 1 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup of powdered laundry detergent.  Heat your oven for 5 minutes at 180 degrees, [then turn it off].  Spread the paste around the oven, applying it more heavily to very greasy areas.  Leave [the] paste on for an hour, then use a plastic spatula to gently scrape the [grime] away.
How to clean the oven with vinegar - Ask Anna
To prevent grease build up from even happening in the oven “dip a sponge or cloth in full strength white vinegar and wipe down all sides of the oven.”
#3 Microwave
How to clean the microwave with vinegar - Ask Anna
“To clean your microwave, place a glass bowl filled with a solution of 1/4 cup [white] vinegar in 1 cup of water inside the microwave, [then heat] the mixture for 5 minutes on the highest setting.  Once the bowl cools, dip a cloth into the liquid and use it to wipe away stains and splatters on the” inside of the microwave.  Be sure to wear rubber gloves to prevent burning your hands!
This series is based on a book I received from my mom at Christmas.  All items in quotations are referenced from Vinegar: 1001 Practical Household Uses.
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"Hi I'm Anna! Welcome to Ask Anna where I love to answer your household questions! I have always loved to clean, organize and decorate and this blog is a fun way for me to help you love it too! I am a busy mom of a beautiful little girl and I'm married to the love of my life. Together we fill our days with projects , laughter and love. I serve an incredible God and overall I'd say I'm truly blessed!"

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  1. i saw a post for cleaning between the oven door glass. i don ‘t see that posted.

  2. I came on here because of a Pin on Pinterest…..on how to clean between the glass on the door of my stove…..I have searched on here and can’t find your tips?

  3. Faith Kuhn says:

    Thank you so much for the posts I love it!

  4. I just used my orange peel vinegar that had been sitting for 2 weeks to clean my oven yesterday. It worked amazing! Much easier than regular vinegar. I diluted it 1:1 with water.

  5. anna perez says:

    Thank you for your tips Anna….Sincerely, Anna

  6. Paulette Charest says:

    How do I keep Stainless appliances clear of fingerprints??

  7. Anna Cannon says:

    Hi Anna, Well I think I just might try your cleaning method of cleaning the oven door,,Even tho it sort of sounds difficult,,,,,,Wish me luck,,,Have a great day,,Blessings Anna

  8. Karen Straehle says:

    How do you get streaks and scratches off of stainless steel refrigerators?

  9. kathy zwers says:

    Great, ecofriendly tips! Thank you :)

  10. Anna Kersey says:

    loved the window on oven

  11. Hi, is this cleaning method safe for gas ovens?

    • mreynolds says:

      Hey Jami,
      This is Monique, Anna’s Assistant. Anna believes that this should be okay with a gas oven, however she suggests to contact the manufacture to be sure seeing as they are the professionals and Anna is only a semi-expert 😉 Hope this helps!