Cleaning and deodorising your microwave oven like a pro

If you’re anything like me, you don’t think about cleaning the inside of your microwave much. I mean, the radiation keeps it sterile, right? In truth, it probably does, but take a look inside yours right now. Would your mother tut quietly at the state of it?

So, how do you get your microwave really clean?

First, take out the glass plate that rotates along the bottom. This may be the only piece some people regularly clean, because it usually fits in the dishwasher. Just wash it like you would any plate.


The Baking Soda Method

Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda (not baking powder) with a cup of warm water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook it for around three to six minutes and then remove. The point is to boil it for a while, and let the steam fill the microwave.

Scrub out the inside of your microwave with a scrubby sponge. The steam will have loosened the dried-on food particles and spills, and the baking soda will have absorbed much of any odours that were lingering inside.


The Vinegar Method

Some people swear by using vinegar, rather than baking soda in the water. They feel that it is better at cutting grease. For me, though, a little washing up liquid on the sponge is all you need. Nonetheless, I have tried this and it does indeed work.

Pour approximately one cup of vinegar and one cup pf water into a microwave-safe bowl. Boil it for longer than with the baking soda method, between five and ten minutes. Again, this lets the steam soften and loosen any dried on food particles, splashes and such.

Now wipe down the inside with a scrubby sponge or a dish cloth. It should come clean easily.

Lastly, no matter which method you use you’ll need to clean the door, inside and outside. Simple glass cleaner should work well, as either of the steam methods above will have loosened any dried-on food.

More information on how to keep your microwave in perfect condition can be found here.

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