Tips for a Spotless Microwave

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From spaghetti sauce to bread crumbs, if it seems like your microwave is storing leftovers from daily meals, no worries. Make the grime, stains and crumbs disappear with innovative methods to clean without breaking a sweat. Instead of spending hours tirelessly scrubbing, keep it spotless with some simple tricks using natural products safe for your most-used appliance. Before long, your microwave will look shiny and new, ready for your next tasty treat.

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Steam Clean

Steam clean your microwave once a week with water. Fill a container with water, place it in your microwave and run on high for at least two minutes. Caked build-up may require a longer time setting. For tough build-up, add 1/4 cup vinegar or lemon slices to the bowl of water. Keep the microwave door closed for a few minutes after heating to allow the steam to loosen the stains and build-up. Remove the bowl of water and wipe down the interior surface with a wet, warm cloth. Dry the inside with a paper towel to remove leftover bacteria.

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A Citrus Twist

Remove stuck on stains and spruce up the scent in your kitchen with a whole lemon. Cut a lemon in half and place both halves face down on a small saucer. Sprinkle a tablespoon of water on the lemon halves. Microwave for approximately one minute to ensure the lemon is hot and the inside of your microwave oven is steamy. Let the steam naturally loosen the gunk and grime on the interior of your microwave for two minutes after heating. Wipe away stains and spills with a paper towel and enjoy the citrus smell that remains. Instead of tossing the lemons in the trash, cut the lemon into smaller pieces and add to the garbage disposal to eliminate kitchen odors.

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Sponge Clean

Sponge-clean your microwave without the scrubbing. Soak a sponge in water and add a few drops of dish detergent. Place it on the glass container inside the microwave and run on high for a minute. Wipe away the loosened gunk from the interior with the sponge after it cools and your microwave will look brand new. The heat and dish detergent also helps to disinfect the sponge.

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Loosen the Gunk

Give your microwave the shine it deserves with a little rubbing alcohol. Pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and spray down the interior surface of your microwave. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe away the build-up with a dry microfiber cloth. Not only does the rubbing alcohol loosen the gunk, it also adds a shine to the appliance. Spray and wipe down the exterior, too, for an unbeatable glow.

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Safeguard Spills

Safeguard your microwave from splatters and spills that your family ignores by placing wax paper underneath the glass plate. Cut the wax paper to fit the width of your microwave to catch those unsightly drips and drops. Replace the wax paper as needed to minimize the need for scrubbing the base of your microwave. For added protection, place a piece of wax paper or a paper towel over containers when heating.

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Spot Clean Stainless Steel

Keep a spotless shine on the exterior door of your microwave, too. Remove any food debris with soapy water and a damp microfiber cloth. Dry thoroughly to reduce streaks. If your microwave is stainless steel, follow up with a stainless steel appliance polish or lightly rub with vinegar and water to spruce up the shine of the exterior.

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