How to clean a microwave using a little elbow grease and a mild cleaner. Make a nasty job in a cramped space easy for your house cleaning business.
A microwave will smell bad and the efficiency of the microwave will decrease if splattered food is left in it. Here’s how to clean microwaves properly and eliminate both of these problems.
The quickest and easiest way to remove stubborn splattered on food is to fill a bowl or glass half full with water and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Make sure you use a bowl that can be used in the microwave. Place this container in the microwave. Turn the microwave on high for five minutes.
This method produces steam inside the microwave oven. Steam loosens all the dried on grease and splattered foods. After five minutes, remove the glass container (carefull — it will be hot!) and thoroughly wipe down the entire inside of the microwave with a clean paper towel or cloth.
Take great care in wiping the top of the inside of the microwave. Many foods splatter on the top and it is hard to see them. This process on how to clean a microwave should remove any food particles or bacteria that has been building up inside.
Most microwaves have a glass tray or turntable inside also. These can be washed just like ordinary dishes and they can washed in the dishwasher while you’re cleaning the rest of the kitchen.
How to Clean a Microwave with an Alternative Method
Another method uses a lemon cut in pieces. Place the lemon pieces so the inside of the fruit is face down on a microwaveable plate. Add two tablespoons of water. Turn the microwave on for one to two minutes. The inside of the microwave should be steamy.
Wipe out the inside of the microwave with a paper towel and then wash the plate and put it away.Here is a little extra tip; the lemon you used is soft now, so it makes a great garbage disposal cleanser. Cut the lemons into even smaller pieces and run them through the garbage disposal with plenty of water. Not too many pieces at one time!
How to Clean a Microwave Using a Lemon — Part II
Another way is to cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a microwave safe glass bowl or any microwave safe container with 1 1/4 cups of water. Put the power on the highest it will go, place the bowl with the mixture inside the microwave and turn on for five to ten minutes. This will allow the steam to circulate inside the microwave.
After the time is up, wipe out the microwave with a soft towel or paper towels. After the dried food is removed, wipe and buff the inside of the appliance with lemon juice on a paper towel. It is surprising how easy it will wipe away the entire dried on gunk. Also the microwave will smell so much better and the lemon smell helps deodorize the kitchen also.
It is important to remember to never use abrasive cleaners in the microwave. Also replace the glass microwave dish or turntable after it has been thoroughly cleaned.