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How to Clean a Microwave Oven




By Louisa Price


A clean microwave oven heats food more efficiently. Food residues attract microwave energy which cause food to burn and give out unpleasant odors. Learn how to clean a microwave oven properly with the help of a few easily available items, and keep it fresh-smelling in no time.


Before you start to clean your microwave oven, it is important that you loosen the dirt or residues from food splatters on your microwave. To do this, fill a microwave-safe glass bowl half way with water. Place a table spoon of white vinegar into it and put this bowl inside the microwave.


Turn the microwave oven on high  for 45 seconds to 1 minute, depending on your particular model. This will steam up the walls of the microwave and will loosen the dried-on food. Now, remove the glass bowl and wipe the interiors of the microwave with a clean cloth towel or paper towel.


After this, remove the glass tray or turntable and wash it the way you would wash a dish. To make things easier, you can even run it through the dishwasher.


Another simple way to clean a microwave oven and eliminate unpleasant odor is to cut a lemon in half and then placed both the halves cut-side down on a microwaveable plate with a tablespoon of water.


Turn the microwave oven on for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until the lemon is hot and the interiors of the microwave are steamy. Then wipe the interiors of the microwave with a kitchen paper and the turntable as described above.


If you rather not use commercial oven cleaners, you can make a homemade microwave cleaner with four tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of vinegar. Mix together in a bowl until the baking soda and vinegar form a paste.


Before you use the homemade cleaner, put a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl and place it in the microwave oven. Turn the microwave oven on and heat until the water boils. Turn off the microwave, and let the water sit for 1 to 2 minutes before you remove the bowl of water. Then spread the homemade cleaner around the interior of your microwave oven, using a moist sponge or cloth. Scrub until all the food has been loosened up, then use plain water to rinse off the cleaner.


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