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How to Clean the Microwave – 5 Cleaning Tricks

    Remember when you first bought your microwave? It seemed magical. The super-speedy, efficient, and ultra-clean way of reheating and cooking soon made it a kitchen essential. Everyone in the house, from your kids to grandpa, could use it safely and conveniently. This all-in-one appliance took the world by storm, despite all the nay-sayers and doomsday prophets who declared it was unsafe and a health hazard. Keeping it clean and hygienic does add to your list of chores. As with all household tasks, the trick is to clean as you go along. Here’s another great edition of our handy household hacks:  How to Clean the Microwave – 5 Cleaning Tricks. Follow these, and you’ll never have to spend hours scrubbing to get stubborn grease and grime off your microwave oven.

    Are Dirty Microwaves A Health Risk?

    Though you use the microwave for a few minutes at a time, it can and does pick up grease, gravy splashes, and liquid spills. Being air-tight during operations, it retains strong odors. The door and inner metal body can rust with exposure to dampness and steam. The microwave may be positioned at a higher level in modular and fitted kitchens. You could miss viewing the base and sides because it’s above your eye level.

    Spills are bound to happen because of the fast action and high heat generated. Food spatters get embedded in the air vents. The environment inside the microwave gets damp and moist if you don’t air it out regularly. This is the perfect scenario for germs to thrive in. Bacteria multiply on liquids, mold develops on food, and if you neglect to remove these, your microwave could soon become a germ factory.

    Another hazard is the risk of cross-contamination. When you put in something new to reheat, there’s always a chance that old, degraded, and moldy food particles stuck in the oven could fall into your fresh food. Your microwave handle is another spot that attracts nasty micro-organisms. Oily stains and grease stuck on handles can spread allergies and germs, including those that cause dysentery or food poisoning.

    Food and grease build-up inside your microwave could catch fire. Dirty microwaves are inefficient, and your energy bills could spiral upwards. The turntable may become stained and dirty.

    So the next time you burn buttery popcorn or nuke your breakfast egg in the microwave, it could turn into a gluey mess. The longer you leave it, the harder it gets to remove.

    How to Clean the Microwave – 5 Cleaning Tricks

    There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to cleaning. Every homeowner develops his or her own schedule for handling household chores. It’s easy to forget the microwave in the throes of hectic house cleaning, but it’s important to add it to your routine.

    Gather Your Materials: Cleaning is simple, and you can find all the materials in your kitchen. You will need the following:

    • Sponges
    • Soft scrubber and brush
    • Microwave safe bowls
    • Vinegar
    • Baking Soda
    • Dishwash liquid soap
    • Microfiber cloths
    • Paper towels
    • Commercial cleaner for the outside
    1. Light Cleaning:If your microwave is relatively clean, you won’t need the big guns. An effective and easy cleaning hack is to fill a microwave-safe bowl with plain tap water, add a cup full of vinegar and place it in the microwave. Switch on high and let the water boil for two minutes. Leave for a few minutes till it cools. Remove the bowl and wipe the microwave interior and door dry with a clean microfiber cloth. If there are greasy spots, mop with paper towels. Leave the door open for ten minutes till fully dry.

    This method works well, and you can do this once in two or three days to keep your microwave fresh and sparkling. This is a great way to get rid of nasty smells too.

    1. Cleaning The Outside:Finger marks, oily patches, dust, and grease collect on the outside of the microwave. Switch off the microwave and pull it out from the wall so you can reach to clean behind. First, wipe well with paper towels. Spray on a commercial cleaner. Make sure the door is shut. Leave on for a few minutes and wipe dry with a damp microfiber cloth. Don’t forget to clean the keypad. If it is extra greasy, spray a little dishwashing detergent and wipe it dry with a damp cloth.
    1. Extra Effort Cleaning:If your microwave looks like a war zone inside, it’s time to put in some extra effort. Make a thick paste of white vinegar and baking soda. Apply it liberally on the greasy spots and lightly in the rest of the oven. Let it stay for at least 5 minutes. Wipe off with a wet sponge. This is a great way to remove stuck-on food and grease. You can wash the turntable under a hot tap with normal dishwashing liquid. It’s not a good idea to toss the turntable into your dishwasher. If the baking soda-vinegar paste doesn’t work the first time, you can repeat the process till you get a spotless surface.
    1. Doors and Keypad: Fill a spray bottle with 3 parts water and 1 part window cleaner liquid. Mix well and spray on the outside of your microwave. Use a soft rag or sponge to thoroughly spread the mixture over the microwave. Leave it on for a few minutes. Wipe dry with a soft cloth. In case of stubborn stains or residue, use a sponge to gently scrub the surface. Dip the sponge in the remaining liquid and scrub for some more time if the dirt doesn’t come off easily. You can use this mixture inside the oven too. Just wipe it off completely with a wet cloth and then dry well.
    1. Fresh and Fragrant:You can’t beat this cleaning method for that citrusy fragrance all over your kitchen. Slice a couple of limes, lemons, and oranges and add them to a microwave-safe bowl of plain water. Place this in the microwave and turn the heat on high. Let the mixture boil for at least two or three minutes. Switch off the heat, disconnect the microwave and let the oven cool down. Remove the bowl and thoroughly wipe the inside of the oven and door with a soft, dry cloth. You will love the fresh perfume that lingers in your oven and kitchen.

    Final Thoughts

    Factor in microwave-cleaning into your daily cleaning schedule. It helps to keep your appliance efficient, hygienic, and great looking. You may use commercial cleaners on stubborn grease and food particles if you need deep cleaning.