Keep your kitchen clean
Cleaning your kitchen appliances might be one of those tedious tasks, but the results are worth the effort. Let’s take the microwave oven, for instance.
It’s a great and efficient kitchen appliance that we use every day. Choosing to clean it regularly it will maintain the unit and ensure that the food tastes as it should.
It doesn’t take too much for a microwave oven to go from very clean to a complete mess. Just imagine forgetting one uncovered plate of spaghetti, and your dinner is ruined.
You might overlook taking care of your microwave because it’s a small appliance. You might even think it needs a lot of time to clean it.
Luckily, there are some easy-to-follow steps that you should try at least once.
Before you follow any of the next techniques, don’t forget to unplug the power cable. You can inspect the whole cable as well, for any damage or dirt to avoid any fire hazard.
If there’s nothing to worry about, just wipe off the accumulation of dirt or dust. Now, we better take a look inside.
Clean the microwave oven efficiently
Begin by taking a peek inside of the microwave oven to determine where the dirtiest parts are. You will also want to find out which parts are removable.
Such a thing will help you more in the overall cleaning process, even to pretreat some of the most affected areas.
- The wet paper towel trick
The quickest method might also be the most efficient. Place a few soaking wet paper towels inside the microwave and set it on high power for only 5 minutes.
You’ll be surprised, but the power of the paper towels is truly underrated. The steam from the towels will loosen and soften caked-in dirt. And don’t rush to throw the paper towels. Instead of that, use them to wipe the interior.
- The duo that never fails
Here is a fantastic “recipe” you might want to try:
First, you’ll need….
- 4 tbsp of baking soda
- a quart of warm water
- mash and stir
- dip a sponge/cloth into the formula
- wipe it all over the interior of the microwave
- take a bowl (microwave-safe bowl)
- add two parts of white vinegar and water
- put the bowl in the microwave oven
- run it for up to three minutes on high power
- keep the oven closed for 15 minutes
- remove the bowl carefully
- you can also remove the turntable, and the carousel carefully
- put the removable parts into vinegar and hot water (as much as needed) mix
Or you can use baking soda and water like this:
- add one part water and two parts baking soda
- mix them until it becomes a paste
- apply it to the stubborn dirt
- let it sit for 10 minutes
- wipe up the mix with a wet cloth/sponge
- use a paper towel for a final touch
Extra “recipe” with water and vinegar:
- take a bowel (microwave-safe bowl) and fill it halfway with water
- add 1 tbsp of white vinegar
- put the bowel inside the microwave oven
- set on high for 5 minutes
- remove carefully the bowel
- wipe down the inside with a dry towel or a paper towel
- remove the turntable and wash it
- The lemon juice for extra shine
The lemon juice is great if you want that extra clean and shiny oven. Take a lemon and cut it in half.
Place the halves cut-side down on a small plate, friendly with the microwave’s environment. Add 2 tbsp of water and set the microwave for 2 minutes.
Open the microwave door and with a paper towel wipe down the inside.
Tip: You can run small slices of lemons through the microwave with a lot of water, as well.
- The diluted formula
The following method is one of the most utilized and all you have to do is:
- take a bowl (microwave-safe bowl)
- add two parts of window cleaner and one of water
- soak a cloth/sponge in the formula
- wipe the interior and the exterior of the microwave
For better results, remove the carousel and wipe the base of the microwave oven carefully. Also, clean the vents using the same formula and eliminate all the grime.
Make sure to wipe down the ceiling, too.
- The dish soap mix
Take a microwave-safe bowl and fill it halfway with warm water. Add a generous amount of dish soap and put the bowl in the oven for two minutes.
Don’t rush, because you need to avoid any injuries. Remove the bowl carefully. With a cloth or paper towel, wipe the inside vigorously. You can add 1 tbsp of baking soda to serve as a deodorizer.
- The commercial cleaners
There are lots of commercial cleaners you might want to try, but sometimes they create unpleasant or heavy fumes that remain in your microwave. Your food could also have an odd taste, and your cooking experience might have to suffer a little bit.
However, you can avoid such things easily. Consider the following recommendations for the best results when using the commercial cleaners:
- choose a fume-free product and always leave the microwave door open for a couple of hours
- don’t use soaked towels inside the microwave; any loose particles can be extremely dangerous and catch fire
- dry and replace the carousel and the turntable thoroughly
Set a cleaning routine for your microwave oven
Of course, there will never be someone ever to give themselves extra stuff to do, naturally. It’s significant to understand that the more often you choose to clean your microwave oven, the easier and pleasantly it will be to clean next time.
Try to wipe down the microwave interior every few days or after you use it to prevent a layer of dirt from sticking too much to the inside. The outside is also important, so don’t forget to clean it.
You can use a cloth or paper towel soaked in a little bit of cleaning product.
Clean your microwave oven weekly, and you’ll get rid of bacteria and germs. Studies have shown that microwaving some foods can attract bacteria.
How can you spot such a thing? Take a closer look next time when you will heat a leftover chicken breast, for example.
You might observe that parts of your food didn’t heat up properly. Hard to believe, but bacteria from inside your microwave oven grow in those unheated parts.
Microwave ovens are an efficient kitchen appliance in most households, whether it’s for warming a meal, drying your favorite pair of socks, or reheating yesterday’s meatballs.
Despite being so useful, the microwaves are sometimes forgotten when it comes to frequent cleaning. If you care about your health, then it’s better to watch for those germs and bacteria.
Your microwave oven can gather such things around, causing you lots of health issues. If you’re still in doubt about the cleanliness of your kitchen appliance, try the following trick.
Cover a beverage or food with microwave-friendly plastic wrap or a lid. If you noticed that your food has hardened from continual splashing, place a cup of cold water into the microwave.
Set up to three minutes at a high temperature and wait. You’ll notice steam, meaning that the food particles are easy to clean. You will also avoid using some abrasive cleaners that might harm or scratch the microwave.