Introduction: Spring Cleaning Appliances

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With the rising cost of living many of us are finding ways to save money. Here are a few ways that you can save energy cost and repairs on the appliances around the home. I have spent many years in the cleaning business. I was surprised that people were not aware of the benefits when you keep things clean that aren't part of the normal routine. I would clean the homes rotating the cleaning routine on a regular basis. This allowed me to keep all areas of the home clean making my customers happy.

In the following pages you will see pictures of my appliances that are dirty. That is why I decided to post this particular instructable. We are in the middle of remolding and everything has been neglected so the dirt actually shows up in the pictures. We live in a dry dusty area and I usually dust and deep clean every week to keep the dust out. This will give you an idea how fast the filters get dirty and need to be changed. I cleaned all of the filters a month ago. I normally clean them every week.

Step 1: Facts to Consider

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I did a lot of research in the early years of my cleaning business and spoke with repairmen about how to reduce the repairs on appliances. I figured if anyone knew how to keep them in good working order they would. I always got the same answer. Keep them clean and ( oiled if needed!) Clean the filters on a monthly basis or according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Dust is an enemy to the electrical parts of appliances. Dust will cause the connections to short out and need replacing.

Step 2: Plan a Routine

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When I was cleaning homes I had a system that worked. I would rotate the way I went about cleaning. When I got a new client I would start cleaning on the back end of the house where there were less traffic. I would dust and clean everything in sight. Windows, ceiling fans, wood work around the windows, shelves, filters, fans, light fixtures, and so on. Then the following week I would begin where I quit deep cleaning the week before and do a deep clean on a room or two and finish up with light cleaning. I would do this for several weeks until all areas of the home were deeply cleaned. Then after that I would on a weekly basis begin cleaning in the front and work towards the back one week and the following week I would reverse the cleaning order. Sometimes I would start in the center of the home. If I had a two story home I would use this technique cleaning the upstairs deeply and then the following week I would clean the down stairs. Anyone that has cleaned a home is aware that one can't deep clean everything in one day on a weekly routine. Something will get missed. This routine has an overlapping method that maintains everything nicely. I rarely got asked to clean anything because they knew I would get it done within a reasonable time frame.

Step 3: Cleaning the Filters

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​Filters on all electric appliances should be cleaned once a month. If there has been a noticeable difference in the amount of dust in the home then I would clean them more often. I have one of the best air purifiers that I am aware of and they actually recommend only cleaning them once a month. I clean our window air conditioners every week. The dryer vent after every load and the furnace gets a good overhaul in the spring and fall. We take the grate off and remove the guts and clean it very good. We notice a huge difference in the air in the house and it does not smell like dust. It is not that difficult to do. We actually saw the repairman remove the guts and I never knew it could be done. I used to get on my hands and knees with the vacuum hose trying to reach the crevices and get in between them. That method was very difficult. I vacuum the air conditioner vents every week.

My husband took care of his mom in the last few years of her life and her refrigerator, dryer, and furnace were all going out. The repairman said: she would be better off getting new ones. My husband cleaned them very good and got them working and she got a couple of more years out of them. Cleaning can save money after all, but not a fun task.

Step 4: Frequent Vacuuming

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Vacuuming more often is also a great benefit. Removing shoes at the door will reduce a tremendous amount of dust and dirt that gets into the appliances and prevents them from working properly.

Step 5: Computers

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Computers are very sensitive to dust. I usually disconnect the key board and vacuum the keys and with a damp cloth and a mild cleaner wash the key board. I use a soft water dampened cloth to clean the screen. I vacuum all around the vents. Occasionally my husband will take them outside and use the air gun on them to blow out the dust. So far it has worked for us.

Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thought's

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I hope this information has been helpful to you. Thank you for stopping by and please come again. Have a great day!
Sunshiine

Comments

rimar2000 (author)2012-07-18

Sylvia, I have read that children raised in a very clean environment are more likely to develop allergies to adulthood. It sounds believable...

sunshiine (author)rimar20002012-07-18

Thought you might chuckle about Scooby!

rimar2000 (author)sunshiine2012-07-19

Nice dog, Scooby. Seems a bit spoiled.

sunshiine (author)rimar20002012-07-19

By the way rimar2000 My daughter has a lot of horses. I was visiting her and the front door was open and in walked her youngest cold. He acted like he owned the place. His name was Cowboy. He stayed a few minutes and out the door he went. I actually took a picture of the occasion but unfortunately I don't have a copy of the picture and I am afraid she does not either. Her PC crashed with all the pics and she did not have them backed up. If by chance I am wrong I will post a pic and share!

rimar2000 (author)sunshiine2012-07-20

1) What is a cold? I suppose it is a little horse, ¿is it?
2) Although the PC is dead, hard disc content can be recovered in 99% of cases or more.

sunshiine (author)rimar20002012-07-20

Sorry about that, it is a colt. (small horse) I do not have large print on my PC and sometimes in the light I can't see that I misspelled a word. I transpose letters all the time. Yes, it is possible she can recover her pictures but she has not taken it in yet. We had spent two solid weeks 14 hours a day copying family photos when I visited her and GONE in a flash! She did not back up the files. She has a mac, I will have to ask her if she ever recovered her pictures. Thanks for letting me know! I hope your day is off to a great start!
sunshiine

sunshiine (author)rimar20002012-07-19

That he is! He is an amazing dog! We all love him very much. My son rescued him from the pound the first year he went to college and that was 11 years ago! He is old like me now LOL. The very only dog I would allow in my bed that shed LOL. I have not had to do that yet thank goodness! Thanks for commenting! Your comment made my day!
Sunshiine

sunshiine (author)rimar20002012-07-18

Rimar2000, It is interesting that you mention that. I have heard that also. It does sound believable. I would not know if it is true or not because I have no real examples or experiences to relate to. I believe in balance. I think keeping balance in life in all areas of living is the key to health and happiness. My family has always teased me about my cleaning habits. I am definitely out of balance in that area, but fortunately I am not a major fanatic. An example: My son was here recently with his beautiful wife and sweet dog that sheds terribly, I mean reeeealy bad. I did let Scooby stay in the house during their visit because he is such a well behaved dog but it was very difficult. If Scooby was very ill for some reason, he would be able to sleep on top of my bed, I would have no trouble with that, I would use a clean tarp and throw a sheet over it. I do not like dog hair. I would allow my daughter to bring her pony in the house at the front door BUT if there was a pony mishap she would have to clean it up. It never happened though. For the most part kids need to have fun and get dirty. They can always take a bath right? Your comment made me smile because it made me wonder if it is not so much the clean environment that could cause allergies but the products used to make it clean. Thanks for your comment and support! Sunshiine

rimar2000 (author)sunshiine2012-07-19

You had me laugh!

sunshiine (author)rimar20002012-07-19

Thanks, Scooby speaks perfect English! I am serious my son knows what Scooby is telling him. It is hilarious. I enjoyed sharing! I hope you have a day filled with unexpected surprises and simple pleasures that make a fantastic day!
Sunshiine

canucksgirl (author)2012-07-17

Wow! You are on a roll today. Woot.

Very nice job. Everyone wants to save money AND their health. :)

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-07-17

I actually did clean for a family that even their kids hugged me because they felt better. That was a nice moment! thanks for commenting.
Sunshiine

canucksgirl (author)sunshiine2012-07-17

My son compares me to Monica from the show Friends... You and I could be a crazy cleaning crew! lol

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-07-17

I am way out of the loop on Friends because we have not watched TV for years. I might go peak on Netflix and see what you mean.

canucksgirl (author)sunshiine2012-07-17

Oh... oops. She's a total clean freak. In one episode, she was caught cleaning the outside door of her neighbors apartment (because it was dirty). lol... :D

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-07-17

He accuses me of going up in the attic to clean the rafters.

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-07-17

So funny! A few years ago my kids were coming to visit and my husband told them I was not home that I was getting things in order for their arrival and was working back from Walmart! I totally cracked up.

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