How to Clean Filthy Appliances

carole88_2008August 20, 2008

I recently purchased a house and found that the appliances have not been cleaned regularly. I have tried Easy Off Bam and it is not doing the job. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am concerned about the outsides of the stove, refrigerator (including the grill on the bottom) and dishwasher. The appliances are about 12 years old; the appliances are grimy. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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You did not indicate what color the appliances are but considering their age (12 years) I will assume white.

On my white appliances, I use Magic Eraser and it has worked very well for grime. I cannot say whether it is a good or bad choice for grease build up.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2008 at 8:29PM
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They are almond (I guess now they are called "bisque"). I will try the Magic Eraser--even if you are supposed to use it only on white, they can't get any worse. Thanks for the tip.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2008 at 8:34PM
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Greased Lightening is a favorite here too. I buy it at the hardware store in the cleaning aisle.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2008 at 9:37PM
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I used magic eraser on the outside of my bisque refrigerator and it took some of the finish off. (it wasn't filthy)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2008 at 11:10PM
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Try plain baking soda--just pour some on your wet sponge. I use this to clean my stovetop & it is amazing how it instantly removes grease etc & does not harm the finish.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 9:43AM
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This will cut right through it like magic, smells nice and non toxic. It comes out as a foam that you give a few seconds and you can actually see the foam turn yucky brown as it begins to break down and drip.

Don't let the initial price in the link turn you off. Thats for a case. The cans were under $4. locally. I did a lot of searching for this because I had one can that I've been hoarding for years but recently needed more for the same situation as yours. Selling a house where appliances are filthy (not mine.) You wouldn't believe what it took off the range hood, and window cranks caked with goo.

Go to products on right side of list, and put your zip code in to locate a store. Sounds like a lot of trouble, but believe me it will save you lots of time and aggravation.

What I found when I was searching for it on internet was its used a lot in bicycle and motorcyle shops, etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crazy Clean

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 11:45AM
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PS: Made by Sprayway, and its the red can with black lettering. Haven't tried any of their other products. Sandy

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 11:49AM
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Another vote for Greased Lightening. It does a great job removing built up grease and dirt. I would spray it on and let it sit a few moments than paper towel off. You might want to wear gloves since it looks like you will be cleaning for a while!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 3:53PM
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Washing soda cuts grease and has many uses around the home without fumes etc.

Any product used should be given time to start breaking down the dirt/grease and also baking soda is a great grit additive on the scouring pads too, as mentioned above.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 4:48PM
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A strong solution of Charlie's All-Purpose has really done the trick for me.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 4:49PM
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I think I'll try the baking soda first, since I already should have some (and hopefully can find it, which has been a problem since the move). This is my first time at this site and it looks like there's a lot of great information available. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 6:35PM
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Greasy Lighting, it even cleans the inside of our Weber BBQ!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 1:03PM
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