From heating baby food to reheating that cup of coffee you left idle to helping us cook dinner, our microwaves get a lot of daily use.
This daily use results in a very soiled appliance. The food splatters or spills along with the smells from stinky foods like fish seem to hang out, grease spots cover the interior and leave everything looking quite a mess.
Fortunately, it isn’t all that difficult to clean your microwave. Thankfully, you generally don’t need any heavy-duty scrubbers either. Instead, you can opt to use simple things you probably already have in your cabinets with a list of microwave cleaning hack.
Let’s take a look now at some easy ways on how to clean a stainless steel microwave.
First, think about the interior box of the microwave.
If your microwave has a turntable, take it out. Be sure to remove the part with the wheels as well. Place these in a sink full of warm soapy water to soak them thoroughly and allow all that grease to fall away.
Next, fill a bowl with warm water and the juice of a lemon or lime. It doesn’t have to be fresh fruit although that works best. If all you’ve got on hand is bottled concentrate, no worries! This will still do the job and is much better than nothing. You can also use plain white vinegar mixed with water if you have no citrus fruits at all.
The steam from the water mixed with the citrus or vinegar will help to break down the grease and grime making it easier to clean.
Heat this solution in your microwave for 5 minutes, and then allow it to cool for 15 minutes before you remove it.
Using a damp sponge or cloth, wipe all the gunk out of the microwave.
Remove the wheel and turntable from the sink and wipe them down with a sponge. Dry them and put them back into the microwave.
Clean the greasy glass window of the microwave using the warm citrus and water solution that you heated inside the microwave in the first step.
For the rubber gasket area that surrounds the door, gently wipe this down using only water, no soap or citrus.
To clean the outside of the microwave, you first need to spend a moment dusting the top of the appliance. Then you can continue using a sponge and the citrus or vinegar water you have been using to wipe the exterior of the machine clean.
Keeping It Clean
To keep your microwave operating well and looking nice, frequent cleaning is key. The longer you let things sit in it, the more difficult it will be to clean properly. Dirty microwaves can become a fire hazard, so be careful!
You should have no problems at all cleaning the microwave but, if you find the rest of the housework is getting on top of you, then it might be a good idea to hire a house cleaning service.
Sometimes, making a small investment in outside help can save you time which, ultimately, translates to money, so don’t put off the idea of at least thinking about some form of outside help if the demands of housework are taking their toll on you.