Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cleaning the Microwave

It's been quite a while since I participated in Works for Me Wednesday. Mostly because it's more fun digging through my computer for photos of my kids to participate in Wordless Wednesday than digging through my brain to come up with WFMW tips. But, that's just me.

Anyway . . . I thought of a tip that I'd like to share! And it involves the dreaded cleaning of the microwave. I don't know why I have such an aversion to cleaning my microwave, but I do. This tip will make cleaning it out easier, though I cannot promise that you'll eagerly await microwave cleaning day every week.

Put a microwavable bowl with about 2 cups of water into the microwave and heat for about 2 1/2 minutes. Once you've heated the water, be sure to keep the door closed for several minutes. How long depends upon the level of crusties that have built up on your microwave. You'll have to experiment. Two minutes usually works for me.

When you open the door an begin to wipe it out, you will find that the crusties have softened and come right off. And then use cleaning agent as desired. I use a teensy bit of liquid dish soap and Viola!
I find this method to be much easier on my conscious than using chemicals in my microwave. Since I am not the best housekeeper/cleaner then I do not have to worry about chemicals left behind and hanging around in my microwave the next time I warm up leftovers.

It passes the yellow glove test and it Works For Me!

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Have any microwave tips to share? The comments are open!


  1. I've done that but with a bit of lemon juice in it.

  2. I do that too, but I boil full strength white vinegar or full strength lemon juice and let it sit. Freshens AND cleans!

  3. I have an aversion to cleaning anything but this is a great tip I'll have to try! Thanks!


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