Microwave Oven Cleaning Tips

It’s an all too common problem: your microwave oven is dirty! Out of all the kitchen appliances that you likely use on a regular or semi-regular basis, the microwave oven is the one that seems to pick up the most grease, oil, and leftover sauce. Keeping a microwave clean can seem like a nearly impossible task. But it’s not as impossible as you might think! The following are some of the best microwave oven cleaning tips that will keep your microwave looking sparkly new day after day and use after use.

Tip: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Have you ever had to clean up massive spaghetti sauce splatters, chili streaks, or strands of cheese from your microwave? It can be difficult—not to mention gross—and is generally something you want to avoid. This is where prevention comes in: whenever you are microwaving something with the tendency to splatter or jump, cover your microwavable plate with a paper plate, a long paper towel, or another microwaveable plate to help reduce the amount of food that finds its way on the microwave walls. Just remember to watch out for steam that might develop underneath the top plate, especially if you are using a regular plate to keep the food in check.


Tip: Use steam to your advantage

Did you know that steam can actually loosen food particles and other food stains that find their way into your microwave? To take advantage of steam, you can heat up a bowl of covered water in the microwave for several minutes. Carefully remove the bowl with oven mitts, and then wipe down your microwave with a damp wash cloth. The steam should have loosened up much of the food, oil and other tidbits that were clinging to the inside of the appliance.

Microwave oven cleaning tips, clean quickly, clean often

It is much easier to do minimal cleaning once a day or every other day than to attempt to scrub down your microwave once it has been positively caked with undesirable food stains, splatters and particles. Instead of waiting for your microwave to be totally dirty. Do a quick wipe down with a damp cloth once a day—or twice, if you tend to use the microwave very frequently. This will help keep the day to day mess accumulation to a minimum, further reducing the chances that you’ll have to be scrubbing for your life to get your microwave presentable before a house party.

Tip: Only use microwave-safe cleaners

Microwave Oven Cleaning Tips should be a no-brainer, but you might be surprised at what people will put into their microwaves. Before using any type of cleaner inside your microwave, double (or triple!). Check to make sure that it is safe for you to use inside of the appliance. Some cleaners can be toxic if heated up, while others are not suitable for use in kitchen appliances or any appliances that might handle or touch food.

Feel free to ask me if you have any question, or need my suggestion! Best of luck on your coocking trip!

Lynda Smith

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