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How to Clean a Microwave

All it takes is a round of scraps or a burned bag of popcorn to make one sparkling clean microwave in a dirty, smelly mess. The key to a clean microwave is regular maintenance – at least every few days. Good news: Carolyn Forte, director of Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab provides easy-to-understand tips for cleaning a microwave.

not how other kitchen appliances you can clean a microwave with everyday supplies that you already have in your home, including baking soda, detergent, and vinegar (white or cider). That’s right, stay away from bleach because General Electric warns against actually weakening the plastic interior and causing long-term damage to the entire device. In addition, microwaves do not stain like worktops and sinks, so the whitening cleaner is not initially necessary.

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Now that you’re focused on the right thing cleaning supplies Follow this expert-tested guide to get a sparkling clean microwave.

How to clean the inside of the microwave

The mixture of splashes and smells can make your microwave look rough. Go step by step to get inside your microwave – including turntable -:

    1. Place 1 cup of water and lemon, lime or orange slices (squeeze the juice from the fruit slices into the water) in a microwave-safe bowl. If you have white or apple cider vinegar on hand, combine a couple of tablespoons and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl.
    2. Put it in the microwave and turn it on for a few minutes until the mixture boils and the window steams.
    3. Let it cool down for 5 minutes before opening the door. Then take out the bowl and wipe the inside clean with a sponge.


How to clean greasy microwave doors

It’s not just the inside that matters: remove stains and grease from the outside of the microwave by following these tips.

    1. Clean the rubber seal around the door with a sponge dampened with water and dipped in some baking soda. Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge to rinse.
    2. Clean for a greasy window with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Get up and wipe dry.
    3. If there is a lot of fat, wipe the microwave door with an all-purpose grease cleaner (Mr Clean Clean Freak Mist) or a foamy mixture of detergent and water. Apply the cleaner with a cloth or sponge to prevent the cleaner from getting into the ventilation holes.

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How to get a burnt smell (and really all smells) out of the microwave

Sad but true: if you burn popcorn in the microwave, the smell will come back when you turn it back on. That said, it is best to get rid of the stench immediately. For light smells (think spicy food with a strong aroma), ventilate it by leaving the door open, or put a bowl of baking soda with the door closed to absorb odours. If there are strong smells (think burnt popcorn), clean all residues and add an odour-absorbing gel, e.g. Fresh wave until you run it again.

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How to remove stuck foods in the microwave

Use a Good Housekeeping Seal star to get rid of dried foods Mr Clean Magic Eraser. If it sticks to the turntable, just put it in the dishwasher or wash it by hand with foamy water. Be sure to read your manufacturer’s manual beforehand.

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