Tips&TricksEase your kitchen cleanup: Quick microwave cleaning tricks and what not to microwave

Ease your kitchen cleanup: Quick microwave cleaning tricks and what not to microwave

How to clean a microwave oven?
How to clean a microwave oven?
7:16 PM EST, January 11, 2024

A microwave is an incredibly convenient appliance that makes reheating food a breeze. However, many of us neglect to clean it immediately after use. Consequently, food particles stick to the walls before quickly drying and hardening. Over time, this debris becomes more and more challenging to remove.

Efficiently cleaning your microwave

At some point, everyone has to tackle cleaning their microwave. Luckily, with a couple of simple tricks, this task can be done relatively quickly and without any specialized cleaning agents.

how to clean a microwave, photo.
how to clean a microwave, photo.
  • Pour a bit of rubbing alcohol into a dish. Then, place the dish inside the microwave and run it at full power for a few minutes. You'll soon find that the steaming alcohol has softened the dried food remains and dissolved the grease, making it easy to wipe them away with a paper towel. Finish by wiping the interior of the appliance with a damp cloth.
  • If you're not a fan of the smell of alcohol, try this alternative cleaning method. Fill a dish with water and the juice squeezed from a lemon. Heat this mixture in the microwave. The heated water and juice will also soften any grime clinging to the appliance's walls. Plus, the lemon juice will leave your microwave smelling fresh.
  • If you would like to prevent food from splattering while being heated in the microwave, consider buying special lids to cover your dishes. The grease will then simply collect on the lid, making cleanup a snap.

    how to clean a microwave, photo. Freepik
    how to clean a microwave, photo. Freepik

    What shouldn't go in a microwave?

    While a microwave undoubtedly makes meal prep easier, it's important to remember that not all dishware is microwave-safe.

    • Plastic dishes may start to melt under high heat. This could potentially lead to tiny particles of plastic being deposited in your food.
    • Metal utensils and bowls can cause sparks to fly inside the microwave.
    • Styrofoam containers could rapidly melt.
    • Aluminum foil can elicit sparking as well.
    • Gold-plated and silver-plated plates can quickly get damaged and cause sparking, too.
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