The Lazy Way to Clean Your Microwave

NN-784MFOne of my favourite, laziest methods is to take a microwavable bowl of hot water, fill it with half-cut lemons or a good dash of lemon juice and zap it at full power in the oven for about 5-10 minutes. While doing this, make sure you do not let the water boil dry! You should then find that this has effectively steam-cleaned the insides of the microwave.

The next part of the cleaning process is then to carefully take out the bowl and wipe out any of the softened food particles from inside the oven with a damp cloth. This method could not be simpler, leaves you microwave smelling fresh and, best of all, is completely non-toxic.

You can also use a bowlful of, our old friend white-vinegar as an alternative. You will be amazed how useful this stuff is for household cleaning – more on that later!

Zap this for five minutes only but make sure to avoid using malt-vinegar because this will make your oven smell truly awful after microwaving! Popcorn Woes or How to Clean a Smoke-Damaged Microwave We’ve all done it – that neglected little bag of instant popcorn suddenly bursts into flames, transforming the inside of your microwave into a stinky, smoky mess.

So, how do you clean it?  With baking soda, of course! Simply sprinkle the soda around the inside of the oven, and rub it in with a damp paper towel or micro-fiber cloth until the stains come out. Finally, steam-clean the inside of the microwave using the methods explained earlier.

Though the microwave may smell for a while, the burnt-odor will eventually disappear within a month or so.

So, now your refrigerator is sparking inside and out and the microwave looks good as new. As you spin around, you notice your stove, looks like a prop from a 1930’s horror movie – time to break out the baking soda again!