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.
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.
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.
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?