“Today’s the day I have to clean my microwave! Yesssss!!” said no one. Ever.
Cleaning the microwave is my least favorite chore. I would rather scrub toilets. #truestory
Nevertheless, it’s something that has to be done. I used to let it go and go and go, until it was downright embarrassing. Now I’ve found a way that helps me knock out this dreaded chore in just a couple of minutes!
Here are the steps I take so you, too, can deep clean your microwave in less than five minutes.
Step 1: Put vinegar in a small bowl and microwave for 3 minutes.
Step 2: Leave the microwave door shut for another minute while the steam works it’s magic. What I love about this is the steam does all the work! There is no heavy scrubbing.
Step 3: Use a damp dishrag to wipe down the top, sides, and bottom of the microwave. Thanks to the steam, most of the hard stuck-on bits of gunk should be fairly easy to wipe up now. You shouldn’t even have to scrub! Just gently wipe off any residue with your rag.
Step 4: Place the tray in the dishwasher to sanitize it even further.
Step 5: Give the outside of the microwave a good wipe-down with your damp dishrag. Make sure you wipe down the door handle, the numbers, and all the buttons.
Step 6: Wipe down the interior of the microwave with a dry dish towel and you. are. done!!
Just in case you need a little more convincing, here is a before pic…
And now for the after pic…..
Ahhhhhh. Much better!!
Side note: I don’t mind the smell of vinegar, but it’s not my husband’s favorite fragrance. So I try to do it either right before bedtime, or early in the morning right before everybody is leaving for the day. If you really hate the smell of vinegar, feel free to heat up a bowl of water instead. It does mostly the same thing. You might have to scrub a little harder since the vinegar is a little stronger, but water is the way to go if you absolutely can’t stand the smell of vinegar. You could also do a half water, half vinegar mixture.
Here’s to clean microwaves for everyone! Happy cleaning!!
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