Prepping Your Appliances for Thanksgiving

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Your Thanksgiving celebrations may be a bit smaller this year due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you can leave all of your prep work until Thursday morning. Before friends and family walk through the door, make sure your appliances are ready to run all day long.

Getting the Most Out of Your Appliances this Thanksgiving


  • Clean your oven, including the burners, racks, and base, especially if food has dripped to the bottom.
  • If you have a gas oven, make sure the igniter is working properly and quickly.


  • Make room for Thanksgiving leftovers by throwing out any soon-to-be expired foods and unnecessary condiments.
  • Using a mixture of white vinegar and water, whip down the inside of your refrigerator walls and shelves.
  • Check your refrigerator temperature. With the door opening all day and hot leftovers going into your refrigerator, it’s important that your fridge can stay at a consistent, cool temperature.


  • Clean your dishwasher. Remember that dishwashers use far less water than hand washing dishes, so encourage guests not to wash their own dishes or pre-rinse them. Instead, leave a trash can nearby and ask friends and family to scrape leftovers into the garbage.
  • Empty out your dishwasher in preparation for dirty plates, silverware, and cups.
  • Run your dishwasher the week before Thanksgiving and look closely for leaks. Even a small leak could damage your dishwasher and kitchen floor.

If you’re in need of anything from an inspection of your appliance to a full-scale replacement and installation of a new one, make sure you enlist the help of someone who you can trust. Mr. Appliance of Huntington is here to help you every step of the way! Contact our team to learn more.