Four Easy Ways To Clean Your Microwave

June 4, 2019

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One of the most dreaded cleaning jobs in the kitchen is tackling whatever exploded, popped and boiled over in the microwave. While it may be easier to just keep the microwave door closed to hide the mess, there are some pretty easy ways to clean those tough food spills, splats and oozes! The most basic method for cleaning your microwave, zero elbow grease required, is based on steam. So fill a microwave-safe bowl with plain old tap water, nuke it so that the water comes to a boil, and then keep the door closed for about five minutes. The baked-on bits and pieces will soften and you’ll be able to just wipe them away. There's the paper towel method too. This technique is for microwaves that are dirty but not disgusting.  Basically, all you do is wet a few paper towels, put them in the microwave, and heat on high for one minute. Wait five minutes to open the door, then (carefully!) use the hot towels to wipe down the inside of your microwave. Another cleaning method is to boil water with lemons. Lemons are a natural, mild disinfectant.  Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 1/2 cup of water. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the bowl, then add in the lemon halves. Nuke on high, and keep the door closed for a few minutes, then remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of your microwave. Finally, swap out lemons for vinegar. Vinegar started off as wine. Yeast eats the sugar in crushed grapes and creates alcohol in a process called fermentation. However once exposed to air a second kind of fermentation occurs when the alcohol is turned into acetic acid, the main compound in vinegar. Acetic acid is a powerful cleaner, which is stronger than the acids found in coffee and citrus fruits but not as strong as the acid in your stomach. So add about 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl and run it until it begins to boil. Then let it sit to let the steam loosen all the gunk, then wipe everything down.

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SOURCE: The Kitchn

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