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Hunger strikes.  

It’s late.  I’m exhausted and it’s freezing outside.

Stumbling into the kitchen I grab my favorite can of my favorite soup and pop it in the microwave on high.  I’ve got several minutes to kill so I head off to start a load of laundry while I wait. 

At first, the popping noise is subtle and I pay no attention.  Then all of a sudden Pop! Pop! Pop! Now I’m awake!   Rushing back to the microwave I pop open the door. 

Soup is everywhere.  Why didn’t I put a cover on a bowl?  Now I’m kicking myself for what should have been a quick meal when all I’m left with is a giant mess on my hands.   Not to mention how much delicious soup I just lost. Oh well, I’m going to go enjoy my soup and clean this mess up later.  Big mistake.  

Sound familiar? 

I’m just going to put it out there that I hate cleaning the microwave.  It’s right up there with how much I hate cleaning the oven.   

I hate it so much that I avoided it at all costs. Let’s just say, it got ugly.

Here’s an actual picture of my microwave.  

Dirty gross microwave
Dirty Microwave

Yep, disgusting!

I didn’t know there was a better way for years. I no longer dread cleaning the microwave and now, it’s always sparkling clean!

Cleaning Tips

Easy Steps to a Sparkling Clean Microwave:

Step 1: 

Grab a medium-size microwave-safe bowl.

Step 2: 

Fill the bowl half-way with warm water and add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Step 3: 

Microwave on high for at 5 minutes (time varies depending upon microwave wattage).

Step 4: 

Carefully remove the bowl, as it will be hot, hot, hot! 

Step 5: 

Easily wipe down the microwave with a clean rag or paper towel.

Step 6: 

Smile at your sparkling clean microwave!

Sparkling Clean Microwave
Sparkling Clean Microwave!

Don’t have vinegar?  No worries, you can also try these other tips!

  • Wet Paper Towels:  Use a handful of wet paper towels.  Place the wet paper towels in the microwave using the steam from the towels to loosen everything up.  Bonus, you already have your towels ready to wipe out the microwave.
  • Baking Soda: Make a paste of baking side to apply to the most stubborn mess in the microwave. I use one part water and two parts baking soda.  Leave the mixture on for several minutes before easily wiping away.
  • Dish Soap:  Follow the instructions in the “Easy Steps to a Sparkling Clean Microwave” but instead of vinegar, switch out your favorite dish soap instead. 

These tips are all well and good if your microwave is already a mess, but what if you want to stop it from happening in the first place?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Ben Franklin

So how can we stop this from happening?

Prevention Tips

Tip # 1:  Cover your food

Make sure you cover your food with a microwave-safe covering to prevent popping in the first place.   Don’t have an appropriate cover?  A simple paper towel or paper plate can do wonders in preventing a mess.   If you’re looking for something more permanent, check out my favorite cover.

Tip #2: Wipe down spills immediately

Wipe down spills immediately.  Don’t wait until your mess has hardened, wipe it down immediately with a sponge or wet paper towel. 

Tip # 3: Keep the outside clean

Keep the outside clean!  Residues such as grease and dust can build up on the outside of the microwave.  Wipe down the outside regularly to prevent build up and turning it in another dreaded task.  If it’s too late and it’s already dirty, try using some dish soap and warm water to break down the grease.

Tip #4:  Safety Tips 

Here are a few things you should NEVER put in a microwave, (this list is not exhaustive).

  • Frozen meat – Meat is a tricky thing to defrost in the microwave. That fancy defrost button may not be your best option.  How many times have the outsides of the meat started to cook and the middle remains completely frozen?  Your best option is to move the meat into the fridge the night before for slow defrosting. If you don’t have time, you can run the meat under cool water.  
  • Plastic Containers – I’m sure you’ve heard before you shouldn’t microwave plastic.  Do you know why?  A lot of plastic (especially containers you may have had for years) contains BPA or other harmful chemicals.  Microwaving the plastic can allow these chemicals to leach into your food.  No one needs that!  Keep things like zip lock bags, baby bottles, Tupperware containers and all other plastic far from the microwave.
  • Whole Eggs – Don’t try and make hard-boiled eggs in the microwave.  Can we say exploding anyone?  Stick to the stove for egg cooking! 
  • Styrofoam – Styrofoam is just a fancy name for plastic.  Plastic does not belong in the microwave, ever.  You don’t want toxins in your food. 
  • Anything with metal on it – The quickest way to cause a fire in your microwave is to put ANY kind of metal in the microwave.  Watch out for take out containers with those cute little metal handles on them, bowls with metal rings, stainless steel travel coffee mugs, or spoons you may be tempted to leave in the bowl for regular stirring. DON’T DO IT!
  • Sauces without a cover – To prevent having to clean up the microwave, make sure you put a safe top on any sauces or other items you will be microwaving. After all, we are trying to prevent clean up in the first place.
  • Nothing  –  Do not turn on your microwave without something in it.  With nothing to absorb the microwave waves, you can end up damaging your microwave or even start a fire. 

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