The best way to safely clean a microwave
In modern-day society, a home is not a home without a microwave, the convenience of these tiny micro ovens is astonishing. Everything from ready meals, to baby food and steamed vegetables, it’s hard to imagine how we ever managed without them!
However, when it comes to cooking your porridge on a Monday morning the last thing you want is for it to come out smelling of Saturday night’s takeaway. We’ve all been there. If you open your microwave and there is an overwhelming smell of last week’s Beef Stew, then it is probably time to give the microwave a thorough deep clean.
The task isn’t as daunting as it may seem, and with this step-by-step guide on how to safely clean your microwave, you can make your microwave sparkle again.
The importance of cleaning your microwave:
Safety in the Kitchen is of the utmost importance. Not only do the splatters of food in your microwave smell and look bad, but this build-up of food could cause a fire and void your warranty. Not maintaining the cleanliness of your microwave could decrease its efficiency, so it is best for your own health and safety to regularly clean your microwave.
What you will need:
- A medium-sized microwaveable bowl
- 50ml white vinegar or a lemon
- 2 x clean cloths
- Abrasive sponge
- Disinfectant cleaner
- A bowl of soapy water
How to clean your microwave:
- Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 200ml of water and 50ml white vinegar. If you don’t have vinegar handy, you can substitute for half a lemon with its juice.
- Place the bowl in the microwave and turn it on for 2 minutes, full power. You want the water to steam but not boil over, this way you are letting the steam do most of the heavy lifting for you.
- Once the 2 minutes is up, leave the bowl inside the microwave and leave the door shut for a further 2 minutes to let the steam do its job.
- After these further 2 minutes, carefully remove the bowl with a towel or oven gloves as it will be very hot.
- Remove the rotating plate and roller, clean these separately with warm soapy water. Then wipe the sides and roof of the microwave with a cloth and use the abrasive sponge to remove any stubborn stains.
- Clean the exterior of your microwave with a clean cloth and a disinfectant cleaner, this includes the button and display screen.
Tip: Spray the disinfectant onto the cloth, not directly onto the microwave, to avoid getting the cleaner into the venting system.
- Go back over the inside and the outside of the microwave with a clean wet cloth to remove any soap residue.
- Put the roller and rotating plate back into the microwave and enjoy your sparkling clean microwave.
How often should you clean the microwave?
How often you need to clean your microwave, depends on how often the microwave is used. It is recommended that microwaves in family homes should be wiped over once a week and then deep cleaned every few weeks. Regularly cleaning the microwave will prevent a build-up of food grime and stains will be easier to remove.
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