Microwave Cleaning One-on-One!
The microwave is the kitchen appliance I don’t let a day go by without using it. However, when it comes to cleaning it, I struggle mightily to convince myself to get it done. Well, unless my mother-in-law is coming to visit, in that case I go into action to clean the entire house. In this article I will explain and provide tips on how to keep your microwave mother-in-law approve. A clean microwave not only ensures the safety of your food but also contributes to a hygienic cooking environment and make your mother -in-law provide of you!
1. Pre-Cleaning Preparation: Before starting the cleaning process, gather the following items: a microwave-safe bowl, water, white vinegar or lemon juice, a microfiber cloth, and mild dish soap.
2. Steam Cleaning: Fill the microwave-safe bowl with a mixture of water and equal parts white vinegar or lemon juice. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it on high for about 5 minutes. The steam generated will help soften hardened food particles and stains.
3. Wiping Interior: After the heating cycle, leave the bowl inside for a few minutes to allow the steam to further loosen grime. Carefully remove the bowl (it may be hot) and use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the interior surfaces, including the walls, ceiling, and turntable. The softened residue should come off easily.
4. Removing Turntable and Tray: Remove the turntable and any other removable parts from the microwave. Wash them in warm, soapy water. If there are tough stains, let them soak before gently scrubbing with a sponge or cloth.
5. Cleaning Exterior: Wipe down the exterior surfaces of the microwave with a damp microfiber cloth. For stubborn stains or fingerprints, use a mixture of water and mild dish soap. Dry the exterior with a clean cloth to prevent streaks.
6. Deodorizing: If your microwave has lingering odors, wipe the interior with a cloth soaked in a mixture of water and lemon juice. Place a bowl of baking soda or activated charcoal inside the microwave for a few hours to absorb odors. Remember to remove it before using the microwave.
7. Routine Maintenance: To keep your microwave clean, cover food with a microwave-safe lid or paper towel to prevent splatters. Wipe up spills immediately and perform a quick wipe down after each use to prevent buildup.
Whatever mess that the spaghetti might create in that microwave, know that it can be clean and restore to its original state again. Keeping that microwave mother-in- law approve is a challenge you will deal for the rest of your life.