Washing machines, refrigerators, slow cookers, dishwashers, microwaves, toasters, and blenders are appliances that most of us simply can’t live without.

It’s a given that preventative maintenance and regular cleanings are key in making sure that they continue to run hot, cold, and everything in-between. But, there’s more to caring for them than just wiping it down with a sponge and calling it a day.

If you want to avoid costly repairs or replacements and help extend their life, then be sure to follow the tips below to keep your favorite appliances in tip-top shape.