3 Ways To Clean Your Microwave
The super-heating powers of a microwave can cause food to splatter and even explode leaving a mess that bakes on and is extremely difficult to clean. But these three simple ways to clean your microwave quickly can take the hard work out of the task and make cleaning this useful household appliance easy.
1. Steam It
Place a shallow bowl of water in the microwave until it boils and steam is released. This steam will condense on every surface as well as the mess and help dissolve it. It should then be a simple matter of wiping away the dirt and water with a soft cloth.
You an also place wet paper towels in the center of the turning plate to steam it much faster. However, you need to keep a careful eye on the towels to ensure that they do not dry out and burn leaving a bigger mess for you to clean as well as a burnt odor that can be difficult to get rid of.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda (also called bicarbonate of soda) is a common household item that is ideal for cleaning without using chemicals or detergents. Mix a small amount of the powder with water to form a paste. Use a sponge to apply to any baked on food and leave the solution to work for about 5 minutes. Any mess should simply wipe away with a soft cloth or sponge.
However, it is important to keep in mind that the paste is abrasive and can cause damage to the interior surface coating of the microwave. This method is therefore better served at cleaning the turntable and special care should be taken when applying and wiping away the mixture from the other surfaces. Here at RGS Ltd we have tips on how to clean microwave oven.
Lemons are acidic in nature and the juice makes for a very powerful but natural cleaning agent. Not only is it great at cleaning but also has a pleasing aroma which is ideal if your microwave has contracted some foul odors along with the food splatters and explosions.
Simply cut the lemon in half and place in a shallow dish with the cut surface facing down. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the dish and allow to cook until your microwave is nice and steamy. Wipe the surfaces down with a soft cloth to remove all debris and dirt easily.
You can even combine these microwave cleaning methods for a far more effective clean.
Add a few drops of lemon juice to your water while using the steaming method for an additional cleaning boost and a fresh, citrus odor.
You can also add a few drops of lemon juice to your baking soda and water paste. This mixture is great at cleaning away just about any mess and not just baked on dirt and grime in the microwave.
Lemon juice can also be substituted with vinegar although you may end up with a less pleasant odor than the lemon juice can provide.
If you are still struggling to clean your microwave, it may be time to purchase a chemical detergent that is designed specifically to clean the appliance without causing any damage.