Kitchen appliances ensure ease and comfort to any user, thus an essential in every house. While it’s inevitable that they will be replaceable at some point, extending their lives is definitely possible. Below are a few tips on how to make your kitchen appliances last longer!
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1. Keep it clean
If there's one thing we learned from this pandemic, it's to maintain a good hygiene and clean environment—and that includes keeping our kitchen clean. Much like your small kitchen appliances, oven, cooktops, and other exposed surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis using soap and water. “You will prolong the life of your oven and cooktop if you always keep it clean because you won’t need to use a lot of elbow grease or harsh chemicals to remove stubborn stains and food crustings,” added La Germania brand ambassador, chef, and restaurateur Chef Rolando Laudico in a release.
Cleaning your appliances regularly will refrain food or sauce from accumulating and sticking over time. Also remember to regularly wipe down your refrigerator, and schedule a deep cleaning every three to four months.
2. Check under the hood
Check your exhaust system once in a while, too, including the filter—the part that sits directly above your stove and prevents grease and food particles from being sucked up by the fan inside your range hood. This is to see if it needs scrubbing or if it’s time to have a professional inspect your range hood.
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3. Never use foil
Always skip the foil when cooking or reheating food in your microwave or a gas oven. Aluminum foil tends to reflect heat and can mess up your cooking times. It can also melt and damage your gas oven so avoid using it to line your oven’s bottom rack. It can also cause sparks and flames when used in a microwave oven.
4. Make sure everything is closed properly
Did you know that every time you open your refrigerator door, it causes more energy? That's because when you open the door, heat gets in and your refrigerator has to work extra hard to keep your food cold, thus, the longevity of your appliance diminishes. So, always mind the gap when closing your refrigerator or freezer door!
5. Have your service center on speed dial
When all else fails, it's time to have a professional check it. Keep the service center's contact number in handy, so you can call them if you have any concerns. Brands like La Germania offer a reliable after-sales customer service.
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