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How to Clean a Microwave

How wonderfully convenient are microwaves? When you have a microwave, you can enjoy crispy fresh popcorn, warmed up leftovers and piping hot soup in an instant.

But – if you do have a microwave, you’ll know that with all that convenience comes the struggle of having to clean it.

And when it comes to the microwave, you will surely have grappled with cleaning it using an array of cloths, sprays and various other accoutrements – often with varying levels of success.

You wonder if you should use spray and wipes, or get in with a brush – but there’s a different way we know which means that you’ll never have to struggle with a stubborn stain in your microwave again.

When you use this method, you will be able to clean off the dirt that you didn’t even know existed.

And, considering you only need a couple of products (all available in your own home, mind), you’ll be enjoying a cleaner microwave before you know it.

How to Clean Your Microwave with Just Vinegar and Water

What you need:

1. A glass bowl or microwave safe bowl

2. A sponge

3. A wooden toothpick

4. Vinegar

You might be wondering what on earth the toothpick is for. Well, when you are microwaving water, you need to ensure that you have something in the water to create a nucleation site.

Nucleation sites assist in the physical separation of solid, liquid and gas, and usually happen where the surface is uneven in some way, or where there is the presence of an imperfection in the vessel used for heating.

When microwaving, the mug or bowl that you use may be perfectly smooth, which can cause superheated liquid due to there being no nucleation site. When you bump the mug or bowl, it can explode.

This is very unlikely, as it’s probably the case that the bowl or mug you use has imperfections and thus nucleation sites, but to be on the safe side, just pop a toothpick in there.

So! Now that we have taken care of the safety side of things, let’s get cleaning!

Cleaning Your Microwave

Take your bowl and fill it with water. Add a splash of vinegar to the water. Pop the toothpick into the bowl and set the bowl to microwave for three or four minutes.

Now, you want there to be plenty of steam created – because that is what’s going to be cleaning the microwave for you. All you’re going to be doing is wiping away the grime.

When the microwave beeps, don’t open the door straight away. You want to leave the bowl in there for a few more minutes to allow the steam to get into the dirty splashes and do its work.

Once a few minutes have elapsed, you can open the door and, very carefully, remove the microwave turntable. Pop the turntable into the sink and give it a good wipe down before turning your attention to the interior of the microwave.

Take your sponge and wipe down the interior walls. If you find that there is STILL caked on grime, simply repeat the steaming and vinegar process until the grime loosens up.

You won’t usually have to do it more than twice. Particularly dirty microwaves might benefit from a double dose of steam and wiping.

The Benefits of a Clean Microwave

When you have cleaned your microwave, you will see the difference between what you had before and what you have now!

Plus, cleaning with steam and vinegar is an eco- and family-friendly method of cleaning in your home, and is one of the easiest methods we’ve ever come across.

If you are inspired by this microwave clean and think the rest of your house could do with a spring clean, why not get in touch with us for our Houseproud Spring Clean where you will get 5 hours of professional cleaning for just $160!

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