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Microwave has fast become a kitchen appliance that is deemed to be pretty important. Most people consider it as a piece of equipment that everyone must have available in their kitchen or even for commercial use. It could be because of its capacity to cook food quickly and also because of the energy-efficient feature that it offers.
But like any other appliance, it requires care. All it really takes is one lousy spill to turn your shiny and sparkling microwave into a dirty and smelly one. Especially if you just cook greasy food, it can be pretty hard to remove it out of your microwave. If you want to save yourself from the challenging task of taking care of month-old stubborn stains, then the key is to clean your microwave regularly! How do you that?
We have compiled a detailed step-by-step guide that will provide you with all the information you need about how to clean a microwave. So, are you ready to make your microwave squeaky clean? Let’s get started!
How To Clean A Microwave
How To Clean Interior Of A Microwave
While the exterior of the microwave is responsible for making it presentable, the interior of the microwave is what makes it functional. If you want to get rid of all kinds of dirt or awkward smells, then you have got to give your microwave a good scrubbing from the inside. So how do you clean the interior of a microwave? Well, follow these steps:
Step 1: Put water into a bowl and add some vinegar. You could add a tablespoon of baking soda, too, if you want.
Step 2: Bring the mixture to boil in your microwave for about five minutes. You can increase/decrease the duration depending on the nature of the stains you have inside the microwave. The steam from the water-vinegar solution will loosen the splattered fragments on your microwave’s insides, and you won’t have to use too much pressure to scrub it.
Step 3: Grab a clean cotton cloth and wipe off the insides of the microwave to remove all the leftover splatters and stains. Once you have wiped down your microwave from inside out, let it air dry for a few minutes before taking out the turntable.
Step 4: Place the turntable on a flat surface and wash it with a solution made of water mixed with a mild detergent to remove any leftover food stains. Then let it dry for about half an hour before putting it back into your shiny microwave oven.
How To Clean Exterior Of A Microwave
The exterior of your microwave is what you are going to see whenever you open your microwave door, so it is mandatory to keep it clean and shiny. Cleaning the exterior of a microwave is, however, not a piece of cake; it is time-consuming and requires a lot of elbow grease. Here are a few steps that may make it easier.
Step 1: Add water into a bowl and add some dishwashing gel or mild cleaning solvent to it. Dip a sponge into this solution and give the exterior of your microwave a good scrub
Step 2: To clean your microwave correctly, remove everything from the top. Don’t forget to clean the sides and display panel as well. Pay extra attention to the display panel since it’s more likely to get fingerprint smears and grease stains.
Step 3: Be sure to remove any lingering stains and marks; you can even use all-purpose disinfectant wipes to give it a polishing finish. Lastly, wipe the microwave dry with a soft microfiber cloth.
How To Clean Greasy Microwave Doors
No matter how much greasy food you cook in the microwave, the one intolerable thing is greasy microwave doors. Here are a few steps that will help you in tackling this issue;
Step 1: Start with cleaning the gasket. All you need are multi-purpose disinfectant wipes that you can use to clean around the door.
Step 2: Once you are done with wiping down the gasket, move on to cleaning the door itself. Mix up a solution of warm water and dishwashing soap in a bowl. Dip a sponge into it and start scrubbing away at all those tough stains that have accumulated over time.
Step 2: Last but not least is the microwave window which is especially vulnerable to greasy stains and fingerprints. To clean the microwave window, you could use well-reviewed glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth or paper towels.
Voila! Now your microwave looks as good as new, isn’t it?
Best Way To Get Rid Of Odor From Microwave
Did you overheat a leftover pizza or make that yummy chicken dish that left behind a pungent smell for days? Unclean microwave exhaust fans are primarily responsible for the unpleasant odor that accumulates inside the microwave. How must you fix that? The answer is actually quite simple.
Leave the door open for a while after completing your microwave cooking so that the apartment smells fresh. If you still feel the odor remaining, you can keep a bowl of baking soda in your microwave to absorb any bad smells. Since baking soda is a good absorbent, it will gather the pungent odor and leave behind a pleasant fragrance for you.
How to Remove Burnt Food Stuck From the Microwave
Unfortunately, most of us have left the food unattended and end up burning it. While we all make mistakes like this from time to time, the result is that now the burnt remains of your dinner are stuck inside your microwave; how do you remove those stubborn stains? Here are a few ways;
1. Start by cleaning off the major residue first. Remove as much of the stuck food remnants as you can using a sharp knife.
2. Next, fill a bowl with water and add some liquid dishwashing soap to it. Place this bowl in your microwave and turn it on at full power for about 5-7 minutes until steam starts emitting from the bowl, which will loosen up all the debris stuck inside your machine.
3. Following this, you can sprinkle baking soda on the surface and use a non-abrasive brush to scrub the stains gently. Spray diluted vinegar over it and leave the door open for half an hour.
4. Wipe the interior with a damp cloth. This way, you will easily remove any remaining food particles stuck in hard-to-reach areas of your microwave.
5. Finally, pour out the water and dry your microwave oven using a clean microfiber cloth or paper towels.
Pro Tip: Always be careful while placing and picking bowls from the microwave since they may be hot. We would advise you to use oven mitts to avoid getting burnt.
How to Maintain the Microwave and Keep it Spotless
These tips will make your cleaning process easier next time and ensure a long life for your microwave.
1. Wipe down the appliance after every use and especially when spills are involved.
2. Avoid using the microwave with the door open and leaving the door open to prevent dust particles from getting in.
3. Cover the containers of meals before you heat them to avoid spills.
4. Clean your microwave with any preferred mixtures at least once a week if you use it regularly (or less depending on how often you use it).
5. Do not use abrasive cleaners on your microwave and avoid using bleach as it can make plastic brittle.
6. Regularly inspect the power cords for any dirt or cuts which can pose potential fire hazards.
Note: Make sure to unplug the microwave and remove all the cords before cleaning.
Apart from knowing the right steps of how to clean a microwave, regular care for your appliance is equally important. Like any other appliance in our home, it will break if you don’t care for it. However, with just a few minutes of your day and proper maintenance- as mentioned in the article above- your microwave will continue to function optimally for years to come.