Microwaves are one of the most used appliances in any household. Whether you are cooking, reheating, or just using it to heat leftovers, microwaves can really come in handy. However, they need a little bit of care and maintenance to keep them running smoothly – especially if you want yours to last for years!
Your microwave is a handy appliance, but it does have a few things that can get dirty and need cleaning. Your microwave oven has one part that can get hot – the magnetron. The magnetron gets warm and becomes very hot when you use your microwave. Since it is so hot, it needs to cool down. This can result in smells from the burnt material on the magnetron since they do not release much heat when they burn, then re-condense on the heat plate of your microwave.
The second thing that can get dirty is the inside of your microwave. Food splatters, grease, and burned particles can build up on the interior walls and surfaces. This can cause a stench to start developing in your kitchen.
Have germs and bacteria that you don’t know about lurking inside your microwave? Studies show it’s not as clean as you think. A study found that over 80% of Americans surveyed reported using their microwave for something other than its intended purpose. Dirtiness is usually located in the door handle, old food splatters all over the surface, and moisture/warmth is created when heating your next meal – providing the perfect environment for germs to grow.
- Microwaves are not to be used as a food storage space.
- As your meal heats, it will create steam, which will loosen old contaminants stuck in.
- Food poisoning is commonplace if not taken care of properly.
- Clean your microwave thoroughly to remove all germs for safety.
Cleaning Your Microwave
It is important to clean your microwave regularly. It does not take a lot of time to do this, and it will keep the microwave functioning more efficiently. Here are some tips on how you can keep it clean:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a great cleaner for your microwave. It is a natural, non-abrasive cleaner. It can easily remove stains and smells with ease.
To use it, add one cup of white vinegar to a bowl, then place it in the microwave for around five minutes until the vinegar is warm. Once the vinegar is warm, wipe down the inside and outside of your microwave with a sponge or cloth to get rid of any stains or smells; however, be careful not to let any splatters from food on the interior walls hit the plastic bowl containing your vinegar, or it will melt! The smell of vinegar will disappear once you leave your microwave to air for a while.
I love baking soda! It can be used for almost anything. That is why it is important to keep an open box of baking soda in your kitchen and one in your microwave. To clean your microwave with baking soda, sprinkle a little bit on the walls and air vents and let it sit for a while. Wipe it off with a sponge or cloth to get rid of any stains or smells.
To use this on a deeper scale, mix one cup of baking soda with two cups of hot water. After you mix the two ingredients, put them in a bowl, then place them in the microwave for around five minutes until the mixture is warm. After the mixture is warm, wipe down the interior walls of your microwave with a sponge or cloth to remove any stains or smells. The smell of baking soda will disappear once you leave your microwave to air for a while.
This is another great method to use if you are looking for something quick and easy. You can purchase a Magic Eraser at any hardware or grocery store, and it will clean up all those hard-to-reach places in your microwave, leaving everything clean and stain-free! Magic Erasers are composed of melamine foam with a polypropylene core that acts as an abrasive cleaner. It also contains functional groups that break the bond between the dirt and surface of any material to which it is applied.
Vinegar and Lemon
I use vinegar and lemon for many things, but I especially like to use them on my dishes and glasses. It’s a great alternative to everyday soap and can be used on almost anything in your home. It removes stains, smells and can even help clean your drains.
Vinegar is a natural cleaner and is free of harsh chemicals, so it’s perfect for people who have allergies or chemical sensitivities. Vinegar and lemon are effective cleaners because they’re both natural bleaches. You’ll be amazed at the number of things you can clean using this mixture, which costs very little.
Mix the vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle. It’s important to use equal amounts of both ingredients, which will create the perfect cleaning solution.
Spray with the vinegar/lemon mixture so that it covers as much of the surface as possible, using an old dishcloth to wipe it down. Allow it to sit for five minutes or so, which gives it time to soak into any grease or grime on your microwave. Afterward, wipe it down with more dishwasher-safe paper towels to remove any stains. If you notice that the vinegar is not dissolving the grime as much as you’d like, add another spray to the microwave before using it again.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
This is another great solution, which is very similar to the one above. Cover your microwave in baking soda (use a good amount) and let it sit for about an hour or so. After the hour is up, take a spray bottle and spray vinegar onto the baking soda. If you’re worried about the smell, you can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to help with that issue. Let it sit for another 5-10 minutes before you wipe it down with an old dish towel or sponge until all of the soap is completely gone!
Use A Steam Cleaner
Steam cleaners are the best! I use mine daily for all kinds of things, but it’s especially great for getting rid of stains in your microwave. The steam cleaner is quick and easy to use, and it will make your microwave look brand new. You can purchase a steam cleaner at any hardware store or online – they’re inexpensive (mine only cost about $60), and they last a long time!
Steam cleaners are particularly effective for microwave models with glass turntables, as the steam will loosen any dried-on food residue that might be clogging up the unit. Place a few drops of dishwashing detergent in the compartment, turn on the steam cleaner, and set it to full power. With regular use, you can expect your microwave to look and smell like new again!