Get Your Appliances Ready for the Holidays


Tips for preparing and cleaning your appliances for the holidays

With the holidays in full swing, your appliances are going to get a workout.

Make sure your fridge, oven, dishwasher and other appliances are at peak performance levels before guests arrive.

Here are 9 tips for preparing and cleaning appliances before the hordes descend.

1. Clean out your refrigerator.

Yes, leftovers are yummy, not to mention they make for quick, easy meals during the busy holiday season. If you can't remember the last time you cleaned out the refrigerator, take the time to do it now. Holiday parties—and all the food that goes with them—could easily go on for a month. Make sure you have room in the fridge to store all those goodies.

Rule of thumb: Anything you can’t identify or any condiment not purchased in this millennium can go into the trash.

2. Have you cleaned your fridge’s coils yet this year?


While you’re cleaning the inside of your fridge, pay a little attention to the outside, too. You’re supposed to clean fridge coils every six months, but do you? Take 15 minutes and either dust or vacuum the coils (make sure you unplug the fridge first). This will ensure it’s running properly and efficiently. This coil brush can help with the task.


3. Check the filter on your water system.


Is it time to replace it? Every six months is a good rule of thumb, but a funny taste or decrease in water flow could mean it’s time to replace your filter.


Need an easy way to remember when to change your filter? Sears PartsDirect’s water filter subscription program means the water filters are delivered to your house exactly when you need a replacement.


4. Clean your dishwasher.


It sounds like an unnecessary thing to do—cleaning an appliance that cleans your dishes. But “using an approved dishwasher cleaner will remove stains on the tub, clean mineral buildup in the wash system and the tub, and help with odors,” says Mike Showalter, field support engineer at Sears. “Some dishwashers have removable filters that need to be cleaned regularly.” So check out the section on routine maintenance in your owner’s manual to keep your dishwasher in good working condition.


5. Disinfect your kitchen sink.


There’s more E. coli and other nasty bacteria in your kitchen sink than in your toilet bowl, according to multiple health experts. Lovely! Disinfect it (now that you know this, you’ll be doing it daily, won’t you?) with either one part rubbing alcohol to one part water, or bleach and water, and let the solution run down the drain.


6. Self-clean the oven.


If you didn’t do this before cooking your Thanksgiving turkey, now’s a good time to clean your oven. Pick a cool day, set it and forget it. Just make sure you didn’t leave last night’s pizza in the oven before you do.


7. Also self-clean the washing machine.


If your washer has a self-clean cycle, now’s the time to run it. If not, check out this easy tutorial to give your washing machine a deep clean. Or, use this washer cleaner.


8. Test if your oven’s temperature is properly set.


Here’s a simple trick to do that: Get a basic cake mix and bake it exactly according to the directions on the box. If it’s not done in the time allotted, your oven’s temp is off. This article can help you reset your oven's temperature.


9. Eyeball the hoses on your washer.


Make sure there are no tears or cracks. The last thing you need is a flood five minutes before your holiday guests arrive.


If your appliances need a little extra attention—or if you want them checked out before a problem arises—schedule an appliance check-up service today.