Does your microwave smell like a mini dungeon?

After all the food and dishes we introduce to the almighty microwave (let’s face it, life wouldn’t be the same without it), that kitchen device tends to keep all the odors, spills and crumbs in its inside. It’s easy to guess that, in the accumulation of all of that, the smell that we perceive when opening the microwave can transform from delicious to plainly offensive.

The cleaning of a microwave by regular methods (water and soap) can be useful; however, the smell remains. In this article we’re going to define easy, quick and effective ways to clean the microwave—ways that actually include food!

The Lemon Method

What will you need?

–          One lemon

–          A microwave-safe bowl

–          Water

–          A dry towel

What should you do?

–          Pour half a cup of water in the bowl

–          Squeeze the lemon in order to pour the juice inside the water. Drop the lemon halves into the bowl.

–          Place the bowl in the microwave. Microwave for 3 minutes so the liquid comes to a boil.

–          Do not open the microwave door during the following 5 minutes. The steam trapped inside will help loosen food gunk.

–          Open the door and carefully remove the bowl with the lemons. If your microwave has a turntable, lift it out and wipe it clean. Wipe the inside of the microwave clean starting with the ceiling and the sides. Finish with the floor, and remember the door!

The lemon-water is still useful for all those stubborn spots! Use it whenever you deem necessary.

The Vinegar Method

What will you need?

–          Two spoons of vinegar

–          One cup of water

–          One drop of lemon juice

–          A microwave-safe bowl

–          A cloth or a sponge

 

What should you do?

–          Fill the bowl with the water and add the vinegar.

–          Add the lemon juice

–          Put the bowl in the microwave and shut the door. Microwave the water and vinegar for 5 minutes.

–          As with the lemon method, turn the microwave for 3 minutes.

–          Leave the door shut for about two more minutes to let the steam continue to work. The steam will help loosen up caked on bits of food, and the vinegar will help eliminate any odors.

–          When you open the door, be careful pulling the bowl out.

–          Remove the turntable tray (carefully) and wash it in the sink.

–          Take the cloth or sponge and wipe down the inside of the microwave, as previously detailed.

Let us know what method worked better for you!

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