We won’t let you feel the need for heavy-duty cleaners by arming you with these simple yet effective microwave cleaning hacks. The key to a shining and hygienic microwave is religious and regular maintenance ﹘ every few days at the very least. By the end of this article, we promise to turn you into an expert microwave cleaner of sorts.
Whether you’re trying to get rid of the toxic gunk of the office microwave that refuses to leave or attempting the impossible task of cleaning off the sauce splatters and piled-on grease of your home microwave, there are ways to clean a microwave without having to scrub it endlessly until you’re fingers are chafed and hands too tired to even hold the scrubber.
Want a one-word answer to all your microwave cleaning woes? Well, here it is, Steam!
Steam’s most significant utilization was to run steam engines during the Industrial Revolution. The second most significant utilization of Steam was in the saunas, and the third greatest utilization of Steam has been to clean microwaves. Read further to find out how is the case so.
With Steam as your best friend, here are seven hacks to make cleaning the mighty microwave as easy as cooking in it.
The Lemon Method
When life gives you lemons? Clean the microwave!
Fill a measuring cup or a glass bowl with three to four cups of hot water. Cut a lemon into medium chunks next and add those to the water. Place the bowl of lemon water in the microwave and run it until the water boils, which might take around three to five minutes. It is advised to keep the door shut for five minutes after the Steam covers each corner of it so that the Steam can do its job. If the microwave doesn’t get steamy even after boiling it for five minutes, microwave the water for another minute. You can now wipe the microwave clean with a microfiber cloth as easy as a duster wipes off the blackboard.
While you are cleaning the microwave with Steam, it also makes for a great chance to check your microwave for air leakages. On a serious note, microwaves can also leak radiation that is harmful to our health. To ensure your microwave isn’t leaking any radiation, always make sure to use a microwave tester or ‘Die Mikrowellen Tester‘ as the Germans like to call it.
The Vinegar Method
If you believe vinegar was only meant to add that tinge of taste to your food or only act as a preservative, you were only partially correct. When it comes to the dirt sitting on your microwave surface, vinegar can turn destructive too.
For those stubborn marinara splatters or other sauces, spray some white vinegar inside the microwave and let it sit for 15 minutes, then use a microfiber cloth to wipe, rinse, and wring every inch of the interior of your microwave. If you are in the mood to wipe the whole slate clean, feel free to further remove, wash and dry the glass plate before placing it back in.
The Dish Soap Method
Everyone has thought of using the dish soap for the microwave but never have because no one knows how to go about it.
Take a microwave-safe bowl and add one cup of water and one teaspoon of dish soap to it.
Microwave the mixture for about two minutes to create Steam; make sure not to boil over the liquid. Remove the bowl with oven mitts and then wipe the inside clean with paper towels.
The Sponge Method
No cleaning is complete without our beloved sponge. But this once, we are not going to use the sponge to scrub at all. Instead, saturate the sponge in water added with a drop of dish soap. Take one to three ounces of water and three to five drops of essential oil, with orange or lemon being the better choices. Wipe the stuck food clean with the sponge after you have microwaved it on turntable mode for two to three minutes after you allow it to cool down to a hand-held temperature.
The Wet Towel Method
A wet towel makes the cleaning process extra simple. Wet a small towel thoroughly after ensuring that it has no metal tags or other elements, then microwave it for a minute or two. The towel softens the stuck-on bits, and once it is cool enough to handle, use it to wipe down the microwave’s interior.
The Baking Soda Method
If you desire to handle serious microwave spills without resorting to harsh chemicals, the baking soda method comes in handy. Make a paste out of baking soda and water in a small bowl. Apply this paste to the hardened food inside the microwave and let it sit for five to seven minutes. Now wipe it all up with just a wet sponge without any need for the harsh scrubbing that everybody is tired of.
More Tricks To Keep Your Microwave Clean
We all have been taught how prevention is better than cure; this rings true in taking care of a microwave too. The most apparent microwave cleaning hack is not to let the microwave get filled with crusted pieces of food at all.
Once you’ve toiled hard and applied every trick mentioned above to clean up your microwave, here are some additional pieces of advice that you might benefit from in keeping your microwave shining as good as a brand new one every day.
Cover It All Up
Always cover everything that you are heating, irrespective of how long you are going to microwave it. No wonder those butter sticks that you microwave seem to explode unannounced, and your microwave ends up bludgeoned with butter all over. A cover prevents your butter from going to waste.
Consistency Is Key
Always remember that consistency is the key. Make it a habit to wipe down the inside of your microwave every time you clean your kitchen counters. Try to avoid microwaving items that might leave lingering smells and/or grease, such as popcorn or bacon. If you cannot escape microwaving the bacon or popcorn, make sure you apply the lemon method to clean the microwave immediately after.
Hope you make use of the microwave cleaning methods mentioned above for thorough and hygienic cleaning of your microwaves.