The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Kitchen Appliances


Exterior cabinets (refrigerator/freezer, range, dishwasher) can be scratched. Avoid abrasive cleansers. Porcelain finishes on cooking surfaces can become discolored from acidic spills, such as tomato sauce. Wipe up spills immediately with a dry cloth. Never wipe a hot porcelain surface with a damp cloth as cracking and chipping can occur. Allow cooking surfaces to cool before cleaning.

  • nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner liquid kitchen wax to clean and protect the surface

Interiors (refrigerator/freezer) are easily scratched.

  • nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner solution of baking soda and water

Ovens (standard cleaning type) require strong cleaning products to remove burned on grease and food. Cleaning spills as you go will make this tough job easier.

  • oven cleaner products that work in a cold oven are stronger than those designed to work in a heated oven. Don't use oven cleaner on a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning oven because it may damage the surface.

Sinks get a daily workout. The type of cleaner depends on the surface.

On porcelain,

  • nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner disinfectant cleaner mild abrasive (liquid or powder cleanser)

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