However careful you are, every now and then some baked beans will explode, leftovers will bubble over or a reheated cup of coffee will flood the inside of your microwave. All of these culinary incidents can leave their mark on your appliance, resulting in a microwave that looks less than its best.
Luckily, cleaning the microwave is easier than you think. With a few basic household items and a bit of elbow grease you should be able to get your appliance looking as good as new – until the next over adventurous microwave recipe that is.
As with many of the best household cleaning hacks, vinegar is the key to getting your appliance looking clean and smelling great. Mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of water together in a microwave safe bowl. Place a toothpick or another small wooden object into the bowl to help the liquid bubble and boil without overflowing.
Microwave the mixture for three to five minutes until your microwave is full of steam. Leave the door shut for up to five minutes once the timer has sounded to allow the steam to do its work. You should now be able to wipe away the worst of the dirt and grime from inside the appliance.
If you don’t have any vinegar handy, or don’t want your microwave to smell like a chip shop for the next few hours, you can use lemon instead. Simply squeeze a bit of juice into a bowl of water and add a few slices of lemon to the mix. Heat the bowl on high in your microwave for a few minutes and then wipe the appliance clean.
Baking soda is another of those larder staples than can be invaluable when it comes to removing tough grime and stains. If you want to try this method, mix some baking soda with a little warm water until you have a paste. Spread the paste on the inside of the microwave, being careful to cover dried on stains. Leave the baking soda to do its work for five minutes and then wipe the microwave clean with a sponge.
If your microwave isn’t too stained or grimy, a few pieces of damp kitchen roll may be enough to spruce it up. Place the wet tissue in the microwave and heat it for around five minutes. The steam that’s produce should help to loosen baked on dirt and food residue. Leave the paper towel in the microwave to cool down and then use it to wipe clean the inside of the appliance.
By using a few basic items from the larder and employing a bit of ingenuity, you can get your microwave clean, fresh and as good as new in minutes. Why not give it a go now and see just how easy cleaning your kitchen can be? Alternatively, if you’re short on time and the WHOLE kitchen is in a state, you could always use a company like Service Octopus to help get it sparkling in no time.