You may not know it, but your household appliances need spring cleaning too. Your oven, range, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer work hard all year long. Here’s how to make sure they keep working hard for by doing a little bit of do-it-yourself maintenance.


Use a dishwasher appliance cleaner like Affresh to destroy smells, and clean the inside of the dishwasher. One tablet helps to destroy odors inside the dishwasher and garbage disposal and also removes hard water deposits, scale, soap and general dirt accumulation inside the dishwasher. Use one tablet monthly. One package contains six tablets.

Remove and clean the silverware baskets as food and debris can buildup here and become caught in the holes leading to bad smells and odors.

If your racks are rusty, cracked or broken, use a rack tine repair kit to fix them. The kits come in a variety of colors from grey, blue and white.


Clean the coils using a condensor coil cleaning brush. The condensor coils help cool the refrigerator. Over time, dirt, dust and pet hair can cover the coils, making it more difficult for the refrigerator to cool itself. Cleaning the coils might help prevent a refrigerator breakdown.

Range and Oven

Use the self-cleaning function of the oven, but be sure nothing is inside during the cycle. Also, open the doors and windows as the self cleaning cycle of the oven can produce smells and smoke as it cleans.

Replace missing, dirty or broken parts with new ones. We sell knobs, burner grates and drips pans on our appliance parts website.

Clothes Dryer

Clean the dryer venting at least twice a year. If your dryer is taking a long time to dry your laundry, or your laundry or dryer is incredibly hot when the cycle completes, then that might be a sign of clogged duct work.

Washing Machine

Check the water supply, also called in infill hoses, for leaks, bubbles or cracks. Replace the hoses to avoid leaks and water damage to your home.