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How to Clean and Deodorize A Microwave

I have a love hate relationship with my microwave oven. I love it for it’s quickness, but I hate the way it looks. I hate how high it is, making it difficult to clean, (especially the top) I hate how it can smell for days if you burn something like popcorn.

How to Clean and Deodorize a Microwave

I have learned How to Clean and Deodorize a Microwave Oven quickly, easily but most importantly, a non-toxic way.  I don’t want to smell cleaning supply chemicals with my food.

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This is SO easy and will help deodorize your microwave too. A smelly microwave is so gross…..There is a microwave at one of the locations I teach my injury prevention classes in the early morning. Occasionally, I want to heat up my coffee, but when you open the microwave door, the smell of cooked lasagna over takes the room and the splattered mess inside is disgusting. I’ll drink my coffee cold, thank you very much. If I was nice, I would take in my supplies and clean it for them.

Since I’ve been doing NutriSystem, many of my meals I can heat up in my microwave and I’ve noticed it getting splattered and like many people, I haven’t been cleaning it right as it happens because…….I’m hungry and want to eat! After doing this about 5 times, I thought it may be helpful to share my easy tip.

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Gather Lemons, Apple Cider Vinegar (although I’m sure white vinegar works great too) and water. I don’t really measure anything exactly. I chop up a couple of lemons, place in a microwave safe measuring cup, pour in about 1/4 cup vinegar, then fill the rest with water.

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Place it in your microwave and turn on for a couple of minutes. My microwave is older, so it takes me 3 or 4 minutes. You want the water to get hot enough to create a steam. After it’s done, DON’T OPEN THE DOOR. Just set your timer for 10 minutes or so. If you don’t set your timer, nothing bad will happen, you’ll just have to turn the microwave on again.  During that 10 minutes, the steam created is softening all those icky food particles. The lemon’s are deodorizing and the vinegar is helping neutralize odors. It’s a miracle!  You could probably clean the rest of your kitchen in that 10 minutes.

Once it’s set long enough, wet a sponge with warm water (or dish rag), open the door and wipe away. All the food is now soft and can be easily wiped out. I’ve also just used a dry paper towel to wipe it out. Simple, Easy and Non-Toxic…….just like we like it. It’s time for Spring Cleaning. Last year, I cleaned my garage! Boy did it need it!  Maybe this year, I’ll clean my dishwasher.

Do you have any quick cleaning tips?

 

 

 

Kim

Kim

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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and InspirationDIY.com where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!
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Comments

    • says

      It will certainly help. For microwaves that are heavily “scented”, it may take a few times. Good luck

  1. says

    I love using vinegar for many cleaning things in the home, but I’ve never used it for the microwave. Thanks for sharing and pinning for later.