The microwave is one of the most neglected appliances in the kitchen, as far as cleaning is concerned. But that it is closed and dark if it is not working, does not mean that there are germs and bacteria inside. There are, and many.
In fact, it is one of the household appliances that accumulates the most germs. Nearly one in two of them have found high levels of adenosine triphosphate only on door handles, according to a study by Kimberly . This bacterium is responsible, along with others such as, for food poisoning.
In general, the residues that accumulate in the microwave are food debris that splashes the surface when heated, because they are not properly covered with lids or microwave-safe plastic.
They are not cleaned and you do not know how to do it. What kind of products are suitable? Is there one that is dangerous or is it worth it with the grease remover used for the rest of the kitchen? Plugged in or unplugged?
The truth is that there are many methods to do it and some of them are wrong, even dangerous. For example, using detergents and not cleaning them afterwards can cause combustion in the microwave, in the same way that scrapers to remove grease can damage the surface until it breaks it.
recommend lemon juice or vinegar and a damp cloth to clean the inside, while the accessories such as the turntable, usually glass, the support and the roller have to scrub as if they were a part of the crockery more.
These are the steps to follow to clean the microwave in less than 15 minutes.
For the interior:
1. Scrub the accessories.
2. Cut a lemon into two halves, crush them and put the fruit in a bowl with water (about 300ml). The alternative is to mix several tablespoons of white vinegar with water.
3. Put the microwave on maximum power for 10 minutes.
4. Wait 5 minutes with the microwave closed for the hot steam inside to dissipate.
5. Go over the interior walls with a dry cloth or scouring pad to remove condensed drops.
Remove the bowl and hit it with a scouring pad or cloth inside.
For the door and the outside:
1. Unplug it from the electrical outlet.
2. Use grease remover on the outer plastic part. For the window, both inside and outside, and the door seal, put a cloth in a bowl with water and vinegar – it can be the same one used to clean the inside – or water with bicarbonate of soda.
how to clean your microwave
Step 1 – Fill the microwaveable bowl with a cup of water and a quarter cup of white vinegar. If you don’t have vinegar on hand, you can use a teaspoon of dish soap.
Step 2 – Let the solution heat up in your microwave for one to two minutes, depending on the power of your appliance. For example, if you have a 1,200 watt or higher microwave, one to a minute and a half will probably be enough. But if you have a 700 watt microwave, you will have to heat the solution longer (about two minutes). Your goal is to steam it out, but without boiling or spilling. With this step you are allowing the steam to do most of the dirty work for you.
Step 3 – When the time has elapsed, keep the door closed for about three minutes and let the steam heat the inside of your oven.
Step 4 – After the three minutes, carefully remove the bowl. You will probably need the handle to avoid burning yourself, as it will be hot.
Step 5 – Wipe all sides with a paper towel or rag; Use the abrasive sponge to remove stubborn stains.
Step 6 – Hand clean the turntable with soap and water. If necessary, put it in the dishwasher.
Step 7 – Clean the exterior, buttons, and display panel of the microwave with a paper towel or cloth covered in some disinfectant fluid or soap and water. Do not spray the disinfectant directly on the appliance, as it could penetrate the ventilation system. Spray the fluid on the paper towel and wipe it all off.
Step 8 – Using a paper towel with soapy water, clean the gasket around the microwave door (if applicable) and also the wheel that turns the plate inside. After you’ve cleaned those areas with a soapy paper towel, repeat the action with a damp paper towel to remove the soap residue.
Step 9 – Reinsert the turntable.
Step 10 – Enjoy your beautiful clean microwave!
If you don’t have dish soap or vinegar, you can cut a lemon in half, put it in a bowl full of water, and cook it for five minutes. This option is the most natural, and the hot lemon will give a pleasant aroma to your kitchen for a few hours.
Avoid using harsh chemicals inside your microwave.
When reheating food, cover it to prevent the food from spilling.
To extend the time between deep cleaning, try setting your microwave to use less energy, especially when heating food that may splatter.