Baking soda is an indispensable household product that serves more purposes than just baking. Here’s how it works:
Combine one cup of water and two tablespoons of vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high until the solution boils, causing window steaming up.
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1. Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 2 cups of water
If you use your microwave frequently, cleaning it once every week or so should help ensure it remains looking and smelling nice. Cleaning with natural products that you already have in the house is simple, much better for the environment than using harsh chemicals, and requires less scrubbing effort than traditional chemical-laden approaches.
One easy way to clean your microwave quickly and effectively is to combine one cup of water with the juice and peel of one lemon into a microwave-safe bowl and heat it on high for one or two minutes, until steam begins escaping from it. This steam will loosen any food debris while lifting stubborn stains; its citrus fragrance will leave your microwave smelling fresh and clean!
Vinegar and baking soda can also provide an effective cleaning solution. Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar in 1 cup of water, microwave for five minutes to create steam, then use damp cloth or sponge to wipe down afterward. This should help break down and remove food stains as well as kill any bacteria lurking within the microwave itself – before wiping down.
Another easy and effective way to clean a microwave is to mix some washing-up liquid with warm water and use the mixture like any traditional cleaning product, scrubbing over both external and interior surfaces of the appliance with it before wiping with a clean cloth and drying afterwards.
Try mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a glass measuring cup with some water and heating it on high for one minute in your microwave to create a bubbling action that will deodorize and clean your microwave, as well as use up any extra baking soda you might have lying around. It will create an effective method to deodorize and clean it while using up leftover supplies of baking soda that might otherwise go unused!
If your microwave is particularly filthy, try creating a solution of equal parts water and distilled vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl and placing in the microwave on high for several minutes until it boils, before leaving it alone for 10 minutes while you clean your other areas of the kitchen.
2. Microwave on high for 5 minutes
Microwaves are an invaluable household tool, used frequently to heat food quickly. Unfortunately, though, microwaves are also notoriously difficult to keep clean; often gathering grime and food residue that makes it hard to wipe clean. Therefore, regular maintenance cleaning with natural cleaning agents such as lemon juice or vinegar is recommended to maintain its effectiveness and keep your appliance in peak condition.
Start by mixing equal parts water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl and running it at high until the solution begins to boil. Once steaming has occurred, close and allow this solution to sit inside for at least 10 minutes to degrease and loosen any dried-on spills or stains in your microwave. Afterward, simply open your door carefully after 10 minutes have elapsed to carefully remove your bowl – then dip a cloth or sponge in warm vinegar solution, using it to wipe down interior walls of your microwave!
Cleaning a microwave this way is one of the fastest and simplest methods, as you won’t require any special ingredients or cleaners to do it safely and sustainably. Plus, this approach is much better for our planet than using chemical-based cleaners!
Use multiple cleaning methods together for an even deeper clean of your microwave, such as boiling water + scrubbing to achieve an extra thorough deep-clean. Finally, finish up by wiping off its exterior using a damp cloth for that brand new appearance!
Alternatively, baking soda can help dissipate stubborn messes by creating a paste with one tablespoon. This solution can break down grease and food residue to help eliminate those pesky stains and odors quickly.
As we’ve already established, white vinegar is an incredibly potent and versatile cleaning agent, capable of being used on almost anything from carpets to windowsills. So why not put its powers to good use cleaning up those unsightly stains and smells from your microwave? Just be sure to have some towels, paper towels or washcloth handy as extra residue might need removing later.
3. Let the solution sit for 10 minutes
No matter the state of your microwave, these natural cleaners will get it sparklingly clean without needing chemical sprays. Simply combine vinegar and baking soda with water in the microwave to form a steamy solution which degreases and loosens food residue.
This method works wonders on any stubborn spots on the exterior of your microwave, such as its handle and touchpad. Plus, it’s a great way to use up old lemons that wouldn’t pass muster with food but still have kitchen use! For an alternative approach, squeeze fresh lemon juice together with vinegar instead.
Pour the vinegar and water solution into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it on high for one or two minutes until it comes to a boil, producing steam in your windows.
Remove your microwave door for approximately 10 minutes to allow the vinegar mixture to gently steam up its interior, loosening stuck-on foods and stains from its interior surfaces. Once cool enough to touch, open it up and use a sponge or cloth soaked in the solution to clean all surfaces of the appliance – paying particular attention to doors, handles and touchpads where gunk often gathers.
If any stains or smells remain after repeating this simple routine, they may require additional effort but once done you should find that your microwave should be free of grime and odor in no time!
For a deeper clean, you may wish to create an abrasive paste out of baking soda and allow it to sit on areas soiled with grease or food residue for five minutes, before using a scrubber to scrub away. As another option, leave a bowl of baking soda in your microwave overnight to absorb any strong or unpleasant odors; peppermint extract works equally as well if none is available; make it part of your routine to do this at least once every week and your kitchen will always look and smell its best!
4. Wipe it down
White vinegar combined with water may sound strange at first, but it works. Vinegar has natural antibacterial and cleaning properties which make it perfect for eliminating grease stains in a microwave, while also helping eliminate any lingering odors that cause an unpleasant kitchen environment.
Combine equal parts water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat on high for three minutes to allow the steam to penetrate stubborn stains, degrease them, and make wiping much simpler.
Once the microwave has cooled down, remove its bowl and dampen a sponge with vinegar-water solution to clean its interior, paying special attention to any corners or crevices that require attention. For stubborn stains that refuse to come off use baking soda + water paste.
Once your microwave interior is clean, wipe down its exterior and handle. This will help get rid of any greasy fingerprints that might have built up over time, while regular maintenance helps prevent build-up from occurring in the first place.
An alternative way of cleaning the exterior of your microwave quickly and effectively is spritzing a bit of washing-up liquid onto a sponge and using this as a method to scrub it down the outside – this method works just as effectively as any commercial microwave cleaner sprays!
By following these simple hacks, you can get your microwave clean in no time. One sure way of preventing it from getting dirty in the first place is wiping it down with a sponge or cloth after each use with a sponge or cloth – this will ensure any spills or splashes don’t have time to set and become harder to remove later on. In addition, include regular cleaning of both handles and touch pads to remove smudges or fingerprints which might accumulate over time and make deep cleaning your microwave much less time-consuming!