Monday, March 19, 2012

How to Clean a Microwave

Microwave ovens can get pretty scary inside, but I do have the secret to keeping your microwave looking spic and span like the microwave pictured below...which happens to be mine, by the way.

This tip is so revolutionary that it will truly amaze you. Are you ready?

Clean your microwave after EVERY use!

See I told you...revolutionary. But I have one more tip to help you clean the inside of your microwave and it is just as simple.

  • Wipe down the microwave, removing any loose food particles. Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar with 1/2 cup water in a microwaveable glass bowl. Heat in the microwave until the liquid reaches a rolling boil. After heating, wait a few minutes before opening the door to allow the steam to loosen the food particles. The steam should loosen any food particles remaining inside. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave.

Editor's note: Anonymous alerted me in the comments about the potential for the water to explode. This has never happened to me and I had never heard of it happening, but I did research it. Water can in fact be overheated in the microwave and appear to not be boiling until the cup or bowl is jostled and then it can explode sending boiling water everywhere. I found some tips to help prevent this from happening: insert a wooden stirrer in the cup before heating, use a glass container whose surface is a little scratched (ie, not a brand new container), and with a long object, like a plastic spatula, tap the bowl or cup to rattle it before removing from the microwave.

Now make a promise to yourself that you will wipe down your microwave after each use and you'll probably never have to use the vinegar tip again.

What does your microwave look like? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Make sure you put a skewer or something microwave safe in your cup when you microwave it. The water can become super heated and when you go to remove it from the microwave it can basically "explode" when you disturb it. The skewer allows air bubbles to form and prevents the liquid from becoming volatile.

  2. I like this chemical free cleaning tip - I will have to give it a go!

  3. This works great on coffee pots. Run vinegar water through the pot on a cycle, follow with two cycles of clear water. Makes the pot as fresh as new.


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