The best way to clean your Instant Pot

There are so many households that have instant pots. It’s such a great invention that many love. Not only is it an amazing gift but it saves so much time when cooking. If you have an instant pot and you want to know what is the best way to clean it then keep reading. I will share the cleaning method that I use and I find the most effective.

Of course, your instant pot should be cleaned after every use with hot water and dishwashing liquid. But at least once a month you need to deep clean it and that is exactly what I will show you.

How to deep clean your instant pot?

Of course, the first thing you should check is whether it is unplugged – safety first.

Continue with removing the inner cooking chamber and wipe it with a damp cloth or sponge. Any food and crumbs need to be completely removed because sometimes they can interfere with sealing the lid.

If you notice any stains you can make a paste with baking soda and water. Dip a sponge in the paste and scrub the stained area. Using baking soda is such an inexpensive yet powerful cleaning method when dealing with stains. When you are done wipe everything with a damp cloth. Feel free to repeat this step however many times needed until the base is perfectly clean.

Then we will move over to the lid components. Wash the silicone sealing ring with hot water and soap. Then continue with washing the anti-block shield.

The next thing you should remove and clean is the steam release valve. Make sure you check whether there are any food particles that are stuck and remove them as well.

Continue with the inner stainless steel pot and racks

Scrub them with the baking soda and water paste.

You can also pour a cup of white vinegar straight into the pot and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then grab a sponge and scrub the sides of the pot with vinegar. Then rinse it.

How to take care of bad odors?

It’s quite common for the silicone seal to absorb odors. You can pour vinegar and lemon juice into the inner pot, put the lid on the instant pot, and turn the steam release valve. Set the appliance for three minutes. Once the cycle is complete let the mixture sit in there for a couple of more minutes then open the lid and allow it to air-dry.

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Are your cleaning habits actually bad making your home dirtier

Cleaning is not a favorite of anyone, therefore, everyone sometimes tries out to shorten the time they will spend doing it. But this can actually be doing more damage than good. If you have cleaning habits and want to see if they are making your home dirtier then check out the following list and see for yourself.

– Do you use too much cleaning products?

Sometimes we all think that if we use a lot of products, the object we are cleaning is miraculously going to become clean faster. This is indeed a very bad habit that is wasting a lot of product. If you don’t want to buy cleaners as often as you do you might want to cut down the usage a bit. Sometimes less is more and it is unnecessary to put down half a bottle in one go.

Plus, if you use a lot of product it is most likely for you to not be able to rinse it completely leaving behind a residue. We all know that all cleaning products are made out of harsh chemicals.

– Not cleaning your tools

Your cleaning tools also need to be cleaned, and some of them need to be replaced from time to time. When you clean with dirty cloths, sponges, vacuum cleaners, mops, etc. all you are going to do is spread more dirt than your home already has, and the whole act of cleaning will be totally useless.

Take time to carefully clean each cleaning tool you use.

– Using the same cloth or wipe to clean multiple surfaces

Let me give you an example. If you are cleaning something in your bathroom you definitely do not want to immediately go into your kitchen and wipe your kitchen counter or dinner table with that same cloth or wipe.

– Is dusting the last thing you do when cleaning your home?

This is a huge mistake. You never want to leave dusting to be the last thing you do. Just imagine – you have cleaned the floors then you move on to dusting. Where will all of the dust and dirt go? To the floor, you just cleaned. Have you ever heard of the following rule: clean top to bottom. The floor should be the last thing you clean.

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All of the areas in your home you neglect while spring cleaning

Spring is right around the corner and everyone is getting ready to start the spring deep clean that is very much needed in each household. But exactly how do you perform it? What types of products do you use? How much time do you spend cleaning? Do you miss important areas?

If you think you don’t miss spots and you are doing a great job you might want to sit down and think it again. Here is a list that the cleaning experts at Monster Cleaning gathered for you so that you can see for yourself which areas in a home are commonly neglected.

– Under and behind appliances

We are on top of the list and we probably already listed something you miss when spring cleaning. You probably clean the inside of your appliance, or you let a cleaning company do the job, but cleaning under and behind these heavy objects is often forgotten.

You will be surprised how dirty these spots are. It is disgusting but neglecting cleaning it won’t make your home cleaner. Just because you can’t see the dirt doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

– On top of cabinets

The “just because you can’t see the dirt doesn’t mean that it’s not there” applies to the second thing on our list as well. Don’t forget to clean on top of all the cabinets in your home when spring cleaning.

– The windows

According to Monster Cleaning, very few people clean their windows when performing a spring cleaning. There is no logic to this – spring is coming, and then summer, therefore, you will open your windows a lot. Outside will no longer be rainy, cold, and dark so why don’t you include washing the inside and outside of your windows when spring cleaning?

– The carpets

As the main dirt, dust, and germs magnets in your home, carpets should be professionally steam cleaned twice a year – when you are performing the spring cleaning is the perfect moment to book the service. Monster Cleaning also offers this service, and they recommend you consider it.

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5 things you should never vacuum

Aren’t we all so grateful that vacuum cleaners exist? They seem to be able to fix a lot of our messes and it’s the easiest way to clean your home on a daily basis.

But when we are using them, we need to keep a couple of things in mind. There are certain things we should never vacuum because they might damage the cleaner.

– Dead plants

And by dead plants, I mean dead leaves or flowers. They can effortlessly clog the vacuum cleaner which will create a lot of problems to you. And in the end, you will most likely either need to bring it somewhere where the vacuum can be repaired or you will buy a brand new one.

– Liquid

I decided to add this to the list even though to me it seems quite obvious. The dangers of vacuuming liquids are numerous. Starting with the damage you will cause to the machine and ending with the possibilities of it catching on fire.

– Used coffee grounds

Are you making coffee in a coffee maker? You know that sometimes early in the morning you are sleepy and clumsy. You might drop used coffee grounds on the floor, it happens. Do not even think about cleaning them with your vacuum cleaner because they can actually ruin it by clogging pipes.

– Ash

And more specifically fireplace ash. Why not, you might ask. Ash particle is so fine and they might not stay in the bag and get blown out the back of the machine. This means that this will get right into the air that you are breathing in your home.

– Makeup

Vacuuming some eyeshadow, bits of lipstick, bronzer, highlighter might not look like a big deal – but it actually is very bad for your vacuum cleaner. The makeup might melt while it’s inside the vacuum which will cause lots of problems.

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How to clean chocolate from a carpet

Chocolate is one of these things that everyone loves. Do you eat it often? Have you ever dropped it on your carpet? If the answer is yes – you know how much of a mess it can create. If the chocolate you dropped was melted – the cleaning process will be tough, I am not going to lie, but still, it’s not impossible to clean it by yourself. You can always ask for help from a cleaning company. After all, professionals will most likely be able to save you lots of headaches surrounding your carpet (I definitely recommend but if you are determined to try on your own – I will give you the exact steps to do it.

What do you need and what to do with them?

The first way

  • A white cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol

Get the rubbing alcohol and apply it to the white cloth. Start blotting the area (and turn the cloth to clean sides each time you blot). Do this until the stain is almost fully transferred to the cloth.

The second way

  • A white cloth
  • Dishwashing soap
    Grab the soap and add a ¼ teaspoon to a cup of water. Soak another cloth there and start blotting the stain with it.

The third way

  • Water
  • Ammonia
  • A white towel
    Make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of ammonia and a cup of water. Get the white towel, soak it in the mixture and start blotting (make sure you do not use this on wool carpets).

The fourth way

  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • Water
  • A toothbrush
  • A sponge
    Soak the toothbrush in 1 teaspoon of powdered laundry detergent mixed with a cup of water and gently start scrubbing. Once the stain is gone – rinse the area by blotting a watered sponge.
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Cleaning Glass-top Stoves

Glass-top Stoves CleaningGlass-top stoves are a sleek, stylish, modern and appeal to your cooking skills. Having said this, they are also notoriously hard to clean properly. Cleaning the glass-top stove to a perfect finish is not about hours of mindless rubbing and scrubbing, but doing the right things at the right time. Here is what you need to know:

-Make sure the stove is switched off, and fully cooled down after cooking. Do NOT spray or apply any cleaning products on a stove which hasn’t cooled down completely. Not following this advice will cause you a ton of headaches.

Important safety tip: If you need to clean the glass-top stove shortly after cooking, but don’t know if the surface is cool enough, do NOT use your hand to check it, but look for the small indicator light which is usually on when the surface is still hot.

Cleaning products and materials you need:

  • special purpose stove top cleaning products;

Alternatively you can use:

  • lemon, baking soda, white vinegar;

The cleaning materials you require are: sponges, microfiber cloth or a soft towel.

Correct cleaning method:

When using baking soda

  • sprinkle bicarb soda directly on the glass surface and let it sit there for a little bit; rub the soda using the sponge and the stains should disappear relatively easy; wash the surface thoroughly using warm water; wipe off any smears and streaks and polish the glass using a soft cotton towel. Find more here: Oven Cleaning Services | London Oven Cleaners.

When using lemon and vinegar

  • Glass-top Stoves Cleaningmix white vinegar and / or lemon juice in a spray bottle and apply the solution generously over the stained glass surface; let it sit there for a minute or so and then wipe off using sponge; repeat the procedure as many times as necessary; remember you have to clean the surface with a damp cloth at the end in order to remove any leftover cleaning product or grime.

Whether or not you should use a special scraper to clean tough stains and burnt on residue from your glass-top stove is a hotly debated topic. Manufacturers usually allow the use of specially designed scrapers, though the risk of damage is present. However, if you feel confident in your manual cleaning skills, you can apply the scraper to great cleaning results. Make sure to pour a generous amount of liquid detergent on the surface when scraping– this will prevent scratches and speed up the process.

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A tutorial on how to clean your fridge

Your fridge must always be clean and well maintained because you don’t want your food to get contaminated by harmful particles such as dirt, dust, bacteria and germs. If you have never clean a refrigerator before then you will like this article because with the help of our friends from Cleaning Services London we have written down a tutorial that will allow you to quickly clean your fridge.

  1. Fridge CleaningTake out all the food from your refrigerator. You must empty your fridge for two reasons: one you will be using cleaning products and therefore don’t want your foods to get in contact with the cleaning products and two an empty fridge is much easier to clean than a full one.

  2. Before you commence the actual fridge cleaning go through your foods and throw away all the foods which are aged, moldy or inedible. Also checked the expiration date of your packed foods and get rid of all foods which are out of date. There is no need on storing such foods because they will do nothing but taint your eatable foods.

  3. Now take out all removal parts from your fridge. Place the removed shelves and drawers near your kitchen sink because at one point or another you will end up washing them before you rearrange them into your refrigerator.

  4. Next get a clean cloth and a cleaning detergent and wipe the interior of your fridge. You can use any type of cleaning detergent expect a toxic or chemically based solution. You should never use chemical or toxic cleansers for the cleaning of your fridge because you will do more harm than good. You can also create your own cleaning detergent by mixing two tablespoons of baking soda to one quart of water.

  5. Fridge CleaningOnce you are done with the interior of your fridge, wipe clean the exterior and don’t forget the back. Lots of people forget to clean the backs of your fridges which is a big mistake because the back is the location of the fridge engine and the more dust it has the less efficiently the engine works.

  6. Continue the fridge cleaning by washing the removal parts that you have removed earlier. You can wash them either by using the cleaning solution with which you have cleaned your fridge or by simply using dishwashing liquid soap and water. Once the shelves and drawers are carefully washed, dry them and put them in place.

  7. Finish the cleaning by putting back your food into your refrigerator. 

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