Most of us are all too familiar with the occasional food splatter when heating something up in a microwave and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ll have plenty of leftovers on our hands that will call for a zap. Eventually the occasional food explosion takes a toll on our microwaves and we have a few tips on how to maintain its cleanliness while preserving its functionality.
If your microwave has been working in high gear and already has a layer of food remnants, then a deep clean is in order. Before you get your scrubbing game face on, have your microwave run a pregame steam to help loosen sediments. Simply take a microwave safe bowl and fill it with a half cup of water, squeeze and toss half a lemon in there to add a fresh aroma and nuke to boiling, about 3 – 5 minutes. Lemons are high in citric acid and are considered to be one of the best natural cleaners due to their low pH and antibacterial properties. Be sure to let the water sit and cool, about 10 minutes to allow the steam to work its magic, before removing or handling, it will be hot.
Now that the steam-clean has run it’s course and the water has cooled, take the remainder and add its equal of white vinegar to create a 50-50 solution. Now dip a washcloth, sponge or cleaning instrument of your choice and wipe the surfaces. White vinegar is also known to be a natural disinfectant so the combination with lemon water will provide you with an active cleaning solution. If you have some stains you are hoping for removal, add a tablespoon of baking soda to the solution. Baking soda is another of one those awesome all natural, nontoxic stain removers.
Your microwave should now be in pristine, nearly good as new condition. Keep up the spotlessness by covering your food to prevent splatters and wipe down the surface after every use. This will also help minimize the frequency of how often you will need to deep clean in the future.
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Just another Shop RTO lifestyle tip.