Let’s be honest, we all love black appliances, the sleek look, contemporary design, the shine - but cleaning them is a whole different story. Today, we are going to share some industry secrets with you on how to clean your black appliances, streak-free!
What you’ll need:
Our biggest tip for cleaning black appliances is microfiber cloths! You’ll want to make sure that they are clean before you use them, with no lint or hair on them - otherwise, it’ll just end up on your fridge! And you can purchase them in bulk and reuse them!
Now for cleaning the inside of your oven, you can certainly still use steel wool or scrubbing pads, but only on the inside!
So let’s get those appliances cleaned!
Step 1: Wipe Down with Vinegar and Water
For microwaves, fridges, and other black appliances: Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the homemade spray onto the appliance, both inside and out. Then take your microfiber cloth and wipe away any stains or grease. And don’t forget the handles!
And this cleaning solution is safe to use on microwave buttons!
Tip: We recommend using a different microfiber cloth for the inside and outside of the appliances.
For your oven: This is, generally, the hardest appliance to clean in a kitchen. For your oven, you’ll want to add an additional ½ cup of baking soda to your homemade cleaning solution. You can remove the racks and place them in a warm soap bath in the sink to soak while you clean the inside. Once you have removed the racks, spray the cleaning solution onto your stovetop and inside your oven - making sure to avoid any heating elements. Once you have saturated the inside, you will want to let the cleaning solution dry, usually takes around 12 hours so we recommend letting it sit overnight. Then go on to step 2.
Step 2: Wash with Soap and Water
Next, you’ll want to ensure that all the cleaning solution is gone, and you can do this with a microfiber cloth and a cleaning solution of dawn dish soap and warm water. If you have the option, using distilled or filtered water will help eliminate additional build-up or watermarks, which are often leftover when cleaning with hard tap water.
And if you are still seeing streaks, it's okay - the secret to a streak-free clean is next!
Step 3: Dry and Buff
Once you have wiped down your appliances, take a dry microfiber cloth and begin to dry the appliance, moving in a circular motion - similar to cleaning a mirror. If your microfiber cloth becomes too wet, switch it out for another one.
And that is really the secret.
Cleaning your black appliances regularly will not only keep them shiny but also help them last longer. Most sources say to clean them every few weeks. We would love to hear if you have any tips or tricks for cleaning black appliances so leave them in the comments below!