This is one of those ideas I have gone back and forth on whether I should post.
First of all….I feel like EVERYONE already knows this “trick” to cleaning the microwave. I’ve been doing it for YEARS.
However, I didn’t discover it until I had been married for several years and had cleaned the microwave COUNTLESS times the “hard way”. And it really IS a super EASY and EFFECTIVE way to accomplish one of my LEAST favorite kitchen cleaning duties!
So….I would HATE for anyone to suffer needlessly because they just happened to have been living under a rock and hadn’t heard of this! ;-)
How to clean your microwave in 3 SUPER EASY steps:
Place measuring cup (or bowl) in the microwave a put a non-metallic object (such as a wooden spoon or stir stick) in the cup or bowl. This step will ensure that your liquid doesn’t get superheated and explode. It may not be necessary, but it won’t hurt anything either.
Set your timer for approximately 10 minutes and turn it on.
After 5-10 minutes (this will depend on how powerful your microwave is)…CAREFULLY remove the cup with the HOT liquid (use an oven mitt!).
Then wipe out the inside with a wet sponge or rag. You have effectively just “steam cleaned” the inside of your microwave.
But that’s not all!
(HELP! I’m turning into an infomercial!) I have a BONUS cleaning tip for you today…that goes hand-in-hand with the “cleaning the microwave trick”.
Earlier this week I posted a homemade granite cleaner recipe that contained rubbing alcohol. In the comments section of the post…Deb said she’s been using JUST rubbing alcohol for years to clean pretty much EVERYTHING in her kitchen AND bathrooms. As a matter of fact, she just attaches a spray nozzle to the rubbing alcohol bottle itself and goes to town. I had never heard of this before…so I, of course, had to try it out.
To be honest, after trying it on several surfaces in my kitchen, I was less than thrilled with its’ ability to “clean” (I’m still a firm believer in 1/2 water, 1/2 ammonia)…but what I WAS thrilled with was the SHINE it gave everything! It had been so long since I had actually seen my appliances SHINE…I kind of forgot they originally WERE shiny!
So today after I CLEANED the microwave…I gave it the “shine treatment” with just a few sprays of some rubbing alcohol and a clean, dry cloth. It turned out go great and shiny!
How about that?? A CLEAN and SHINY microwave without having to bust out a single bottle of “cleaner”. I guess this was worth posting about afterall. :-)