Five ways cleaning your appliances will save you money

A little elbow grease can go a long way. That’s especially true when it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy. But taking the time to clean your appliances isn’t just an aesthetic choice – it can save you a lot of money in the long run. Here are the biggest benefits of regularly cleaning your household appliances. 

They’ll work better

Over time, gunky deposits can build up in your major appliances, reducing their efficiency. The best way to get the most out of your refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, etc. is to keep them clean. Most major appliances will come with recommendations for cleaning, including frequency and method. Sticking to those recommendations can really help you get the most out of your investment. 

They’ll last longer

When you spend a lot of money on a new appliance, the last thing you want to do is think about buying its replacement. That’s why it’s so important to do routine maintenance and cleaning. The longer you can keep your appliances like-new, the longer it will be until you have to start replacing them. 

You’ll waste less

Cleaning your refrigerator regularly is a great way to cut down on food waste, especially if you have a tendency to let things pile up in there. An overstuffed refrigerator doesn’t circulate air properly, causing some food to spoil ahead of schedule. Meanwhile, the items in the back may be forgotten or ignored since you can’t see them. Clean, properly maintained appliances function better, with greater efficiency, resulting in less waste across the board. 

You’ll be healthier

Besides working better, clean appliances have the benefit of not harboring the kind of germs and bacteria that can make you sick. This extends beyond your appliances, of course – taking the time to clean places like your kitchen and bathroom regularly can go a long way towards keeping you and your family from catching preventable illnesses. 

You’ll be bug-free

Creepy crawlies love those little dark corners created by the big, heavy appliances we never move and never clean. Cleaning in and around your appliances regularly can help reduce the likelihood of an insect infestation and a potential call to the exterminator. And even if things never get bad enough to require professional assistance, less bugs are always better than more bugs, right?

Jesse Campbell is the Content Manager at MMI, focused on creating and delivering valuable educational materials that help families through everyday and extraordinary financial challenges.

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