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Cleaning a Microwave

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Having problems with your microwave? Think it might not be working as effectively because it is dirty?

Maybe it doesn’t smell so great and the plate on the inside isn’t spinning well? These are problems that arise often and need to be addressed quickly.

If you don’t want to have your food smell bad or damage your microwave permanently, it’s important to clean your microwave regularly.

Here are three tips for cleaning a microwave:

1. Be Thorough

When you clean a microwave, you need to be absolutely thorough. Pieces of food can fly in all directions when your microwave heats them up enough, and this can be a recipe for disaster. Ever had your food explode in the microwave. We bet it wasn’t pretty.

To clean thoroughly, wipe the ceiling, walls, and all of the interior of the microwave. Then, remove the tray from the microwave, wash it according to the manufacturer’s instructions, wipe off any crumbs you find on the tray, and wipe down the interior of the door handles and keyboard.

Clean the edges and sides of the doors that seal the oven with a sponge moistened with water and dipped in a little baking soda. Take your microfibre cloth, some grating alcohol, or window cleaner and pour some of it into the cloth.

2. Tackle Hard-to-Clean Grease

If you have a large grease build-up inside or out, wipe the outside of your microwave door with an all-purpose grease cleaner like Mr. Clean. Spray it into the microwave gently to prevent it from entering the vent holes. Don’t forget to hit the greasy microwave door or window with a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and warm water, to really break down grease and other oils.

Another method is to fill a microwave-proof glass with water and add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Put the water and vinegar in a bowl and microwave until the water/vinegar comes to a boil and the window steams. You will microwave the vinegar and water solution, causing the interior to steam and dissolve stuck food.

3. Details Matter

Food and grease can get everywhere when it comes to microwaves. The key is getting into the places you normally don’t think of. Take a look at the vent holes and the ceiling of the microwave. There is likely more buildup there due to evaporation pushing food or other oils higher.

Definitely don’t neglect the outer door of your microwave. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the outer door, especially if it has a large surface of glass or reflective stainless steel.

An Essential Tool

Your microwave is an essential tool for heating and cooking food quickly. The more you use your microwave, the more it needs to be cleaned.

Clean it on average every few weeks according to a reasonable schedule if you want to make it look and smell new. You can also clean the microwave with a safe, natural deodoriser and cleaner that makes the microwave smell fresh and sparkling clean.

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