Tips for Cleaning your Bread Maker

For those who love making their own bread, there are plenty of perks to be found. Home made goods taste delicious, it’s often healthier than store-bought versions, it’s cheaper (thanks to buying baking ingredients in bulk). And of course, there’s the added satisfaction of creating something yourself. But what happens after the baking has been done? When the proceeds have certainly been found, but there’s still a leftover mess? Here, the kitchen is likely a semi disaster, and over time, your bread maker has developed a layer of filth that even elbow grease has a hard time eliminating.

To help remedy this unsightly side effect of home baking, try these simple tips to help get you through the cooked-on grime.

Go Natural

Why spend extra dollars on chemicals that cause harsh fumes? Believe it or not, some of the best cleaning ingredients can already be found in your cupboards – and they’ll cut the cleaning supplies budget way down. By mixing baking soda and white vinegar, virtually any type of grease and dirt can be bested.

Start by sprinkling baking soda on the dirty area, then spritz with vinegar and let the two get to work. The soda will bubble, breaking up thick dirt in the process. Then, once the bubbling has stopped, wipe up with a wet rag. Repeat if needed – although this is only necessary in serious cases.

Add a little lemon to offset the harsh vinegar scent. And for water or grease spots, use the lemon directly. Just cut in half and scrub directly on the necessary area.

Clean While It’s Fresh

The longer a mess is allowed to sit – especially when there’s heat involved – the harder it will be to clean. By attacking these little messes while it’s fresh, your job will be much easier in the long run.

After all, when it comes to your bread maker, it’s important to keep it in tip-top working order, lest the bread itself fall victim. Next time you bake up your signature loafs, remember to follow these easy and effective cleaning solutions.

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