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How to Get Your Small Appliances Ready for Storage

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When you pack up your kitchen and put everything into storage, don't just put your small appliances straight into a box and hope for the best. If you want your small appliances to be in good condition when you take them out of storage, you need to take the time to store them properly.


Toasters are full of crumbs that can attract a variety of pests. Clean your toaster and make sure that no crumbs are left behind.
Start by pulling out the crumb tray and rinsing it off. Scrub the crumb tray with a toothbrush to get rid of any built-in grime.
Then take the toaster, hold it upside down, and gently shake it to loosen up and remove all the crumbs from the toaster. Use a brand-new paintbrush to dislodge any crumbs hiding in the crevices of your toaster, and shake it again to dislodge any newly loosened crumbs.
Sometimes toasters get greasy. Use a scouring pad with a little dish soap to get rid of built-up grease on the outside of your toaster.
Once your toaster has had time to dry, wrap it up with bubble wrap. Be extra careful if your toaster has a plastic cover, as these can easily be damaged.

Electric Knife

With an electric knife, safety should be your top concern. Take the battery out of the electric knife. Take the blades apart from the electric base.
Electric knife blades are really sharp. Wrap cardboard around the blade, and secure the cardboard in place with black electrical tape.

Coffee Pot

Stop using your coffee pot a few days before you need to pack it up.
Put equal parts vinegar and water into the chamber, run the pot until the chamber is half empty, and then turn off the coffee maker. Allow everything to sit for half an hour, then allow the remaining water and vinegar to brew out.
Repeat until the water in the pot is clean. Next, run clear water through the machine to get rid of the vinegar smell. Clean the coffee pot itself. Wipe down the outside of the machine.
Allow everything to dry. You don't want to put your coffee pot away when it is at all moist — that can lead to mold. Take the coffee pot, stuff the inside with newspaper, and wrap the outside up with bubble wrap. Put the glass coffee pot inside of its own small box to protect it from damage.


You can find food residue both inside and outside of your microwave. Before you put it in storage, remove all food residue. Leaving food residue on the microwave will attract pests and lead to a moldy-smelling microwave when you pull it out of storage.
To clean the inside, take a bowl and fill it up with a cup of water and slices of either lemon or lime. Run your microwave until the water starts to boil inside, then keep the door to the microwave closed for about fifteen minutes. This trick will loosen up all the hard food inside the microwave and make it easy to wipe away. Additionally, the slices of lemon or lime will help deodorize the inside of the microwave.
Next, use a vinegar-and-water mix to clean the door and the rest of the microwave inside and out. Clean around the rubber gasket on the door.
Allow the microwave to air out before packing it up. Take the glass carousel from the middle and wrap it up in packing material separate from the microwave as a whole to keep the glass from getting damaged.

Put the microwave inside of a large box, and use padding to keep the microwave from moving around.
The key to storing your appliances so that they don't attract pests and are functional is to clean them thoroughly, protect them with packing wrap, and place them inside a small box where they will not move around a lot.
Give us a call at All American Storage so that we can help you select the right size storage unit for all of your belongings.


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