Microwaves are one of the most popular and convenient kitchen appliances. However, most homeowners neglect cleaning them thoroughly, usually focusing on the outside surfaces.
This blog will show you how to clean your microwave’s insides effectively and quickly, removing food residue and dry stains.
The importance of cleaning inside your microwave
Cleaning outside the microwave oven is what most people do; however, did you know that grease stains and other residues on the inside walls can lead to malfunctions?
Here are some important impacts of not cleaning your microwave:
Less heating potency
When you leave food residue on your microwave walls, it can absorb some of the heat meant for your meals, lowering the efficiency of your appliance.
Damage and fire hazard
Food residue and dry stains can damage your microwave walls as time passes, not to mention burnt-on residue can provoke an unwanted fire.
Your meal’s taste can be affected
Bad odors can penetrate the food you are heating, resulting in an awful taste.
How to clean your microwave insides
Deep cleaning your microwave is the best you can do to prevent unwanted consequences. It’s not a big task at all, but we highly recommend planning before scrubbing to select the ideal method for your microwave.
Check the stains and dirty spots
It’s time to check inside your microwave. Are the stains old or fresh? Are they greasy or dry? Knowing what you are against will help you select the best cleaning plan to proceed with.
Choose your cleaning tools
Good-old kitchen gloves and microfiber cloths are a must for every cleaning task. If your appliance is heavily stained, be sure to have enough cloths.
Usually, everyone already has the best cleaning agents in their pantry: baking soda and white vinegar. Also, you’ll need a soft or small brush for scrubbing.
Decide between vinegar or baking soda
When to use baking soda? This natural agent is excellent when dealing with fresh or not-so-old stains. For cleaning, mix one and a half tablespoons of baking soda with one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the mixture for about 5 minutes and let the vapors soften the gunk.
However, white vinegar will be your best option when dealing with dry and old spots on your microwave walls. In a microwave-safe bowl, mix two tablespoons of vinegar, the juice of a lemon, and a cup of water. Heat the bowl for two minutes and let the steam act for another ten minutes.
Scrub away the grime
Once the steam has softened the stains, it’s time to start cleaning. Use a soft toothbrush to tackle mild grime and a small brush with stiff bristles if the stains are still problematic. Just be careful not to damage your microwave walls.
After scrubbing, wash the turntable in the sink with warm water and dish soap. Use your kitchen sponge or scrub brush to tackle dirty spots. Finally, remove excess moisture off the turntable and let it air-dry.
Get help to clean your kitchen
Cleaning your microwave is usually one of many cleaning chores you have in the kitchen. We know! That’s why we provide professional house cleaning services for homeowners like you, who don’t have time to do all the work themselves. Request a quote or book your cleaning service easily on our website.