Tom McNulty: Most kitchens are packed with small appliances. Everything from your basic toaster, microwave, and coffeemaker, to the blender, rice-maker, waffle iron, sandwich-maker, and maybe a coffee-grinder too. You couldn't live without them, so here are some quick tips for keeping your small appliances in tip-top shape.
To clean your microwave interior, just boil a half cup of water inside. Its steam softens splatters and spills so you can just wipe them away with a damp sponge.
Quick cleaning your blender is a snap. Fill it halfway with warm water, add a drop of dish-washing liquid, run it, rinse it, and you've cleaned it.
To keep your coffee tasting delicious, run a crap of white vinegar through a cycle every three weeks or so to remove bitter coffee residue and lime deposits, then run a pot of clear water through to rinse it out.
And do you grind your own beans? If so, wipe out your coffee-grinder regularly with a paper-towel, coffee beans contain oils that can become rancid and make your food taste bitter.
Unplug your toaster before cleaning it. Remember; never poke a metal utensil inside to fish out a stuck piece of toast unless the unit is unplugged.
And the best time to clean spills and splatters inside your toaster oven is right after cooking when it is still warm and easier to remove.
And to keep garbage disposal blades clean and sharp, run a lot of ice-cubes through.
You see, housekeeping is faster and easier when you clean like a man.