The refrigerator should be cleaned out regularly. The freezer compartments must have adequate airflow to work effectively. Full freezers will not work as well as one with looser spacing around foods. About once a month, roll the refrigerator away from the wall to sweep behind it and to clean the exterior sides.
Regularly remove and clean the stove drip pans. Do NOT line the drip pans with foil. This causes uneven heat during cooking and can result in damage to the oven. Cleaning oven spills quickly will prevent the extra effort needed to clean them after they have become baked on. Do NOT use oven cleaners on any exterior surface and remember, the vent hood needs to be cleaned and dusted, too.
The dishwasher will clean much more effectively when all the dishes are rinsed clean prior to washing. Do NOT use any detergents not specifically designed for automatic dishwashers.
Use of other cleaning agents can cause foaming, flooding, or other damage to the appliance. The resident can be held responsible for damages caused by this neglect. If you see excessive foaming and dripping, call for maintenance immediately.
The garbage disposal is intended for the disposal of soft foods only. Items that should never go down your garbage disposal include: grease or oil, vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, pits or seeds, bones and rice or pasta. Foreign materials can easily damage the disposal and warrant costly replacement. Grinding a cut up lemon regularly will keep the disposal smelling fresh, and a few ice cubes will keep the blades sharp.