Clean your microwave with these simple tricks
Microwaves are the best thing since sliced bread, as far as we’re concerned. They make life so much easier! You can use a microwave to heat up leftovers, of course, but you can also cook a meal from scratch or bake a cake with it (with the right recipe). And did you know you can use it to boil an egg within a minute? Unfortunately, the machine can get pretty grimy when you use it a lot…
When’s the last time you cleaned your microwave?
We’ll admit it’s been a while since we last cleaned ours. It’s not exactly our favorite chore and we only remember to clean it when we’re just about to use it. But with these four steps, our microwave will be clean again without any fuss. All you need is some vinegar and all-purpose cleaner.
- Removing food stains from the inside: Take a microwave-safe bowl and add 1 cup of water and a few tablespoons of vinegar to it. Place it in the microwave and turn it on high for a couple of minutes, until the water/vinegar mixture starts to boil and the window gets steamy. Wait for 15 minutes before opening the door, to let it cool. Then, take out the bowl and wipe the inside of the machine with a sponge. You’ll see you’ll be able to easily remove most stains!
- Wipe greasy door: Use a slightly wet sponge to clean the rubber seal or gasket around the door. The window of the door will probably be quite greasy, so use a mixture of half water and half vinegar to clean it with and then dry it. You can also use all-purpose cleaner instead of the vinegar mixture for this.
- Clean the outside: Spray some all-purpose cleaner on a sponge or cloth. Don’t spray it directly onto the machine, because you don’t want to get it into the vent holes. Clean the outside of the microwave.
- Wash removable pieces: Most removable items, like the turntable, can be washed in the dishwasher or in the sink. Before doing this, though, Good Housekeeping recommends reading the manual provided by the manufacturer to make sure the pieces can be cleaned this way.
One last tip: to make the next time your clean your microwave a little easier, try wiping it clean every few days and remove splatters and bits right away.
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