I realize it has been awhile since my last post. I was not sick, nor did I drop off the face of the earth; I was instead preparing for a weekend on my in-laws’ farm. In case you’re not an Instagram follower, here’s a picture from the weekend.
Okay, on with this post…
Microwaves have got to be one of the best inventions. I recall a picture of me stirring hot cocoa on the stove when I was young; now 1 minute in the microwave, and you’ve got your mug of warmth. The thing about microwaves is they get dirty. Those fabulous bags of buttery microwave popcorn leave a little buttery goodness behind, spaghetti sauce explodes…everywhere. For some reason, I just allow all that splatter to sit in my microwave for weeks, until one day it’s just too gross to handle anymore. I’m not really sure why I wait so long because there is a very simple trick that can get your microwave clean in no time.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Vinegar- Yep, that’s all!
Using either a microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup, fill with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 1/2 cups water. For good measure, I add a toothpick to the mixture to prevent the water from exploding when I open the microwave*. Place your bowl/measuring cup in the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes.
*Note- I remember seeing a news show about water literally exploding when it had been heated too long in the microwave. I don’t want this to happen to you, so I recommend putting a toothpick in the water. I am not a scientist, so I cannot guarantee this works, but apparently by putting a toothpick in the water, it will agitate the water to prevent any explosion from happening. I do it, and the water has never exploded.
Once the timer beeps, keep the door closed for another 2 minutes to allow the steam to really work. Open the microwave and CAREFULLY remove the water/vinegar mixture. (This will be extremely hot, so use a hot pad!) Remove the turntable if your microwave has one and rinse with warm water, wiping it down with a cloth. Remember, the turntable may also be hot, so use caution. With a damp cloth or sponge, wipe down the inside of your microwave. Everything should come off easily without much effort. Return the turntable to its place. For the outside of the microwave, use an All Purpose Spray and wipe it down with a damp cloth. You’re done… with this part!
BUT WAIT… There’s More!
If you have an overhead microwave, the ones above your stove, there are vent covers that get FULL of grease and other loveliness from whatever you are cooking. They are truly a sticky mess. Quite awhile ago, I thought I’d try the same trick I did with the stove top grates, because ammonia does such a great job breaking down grease. As I was starting the process, I noticed this:
Oops! But, I’ve learned a simple way to clean these vent covers (without ammonia), and you only need more vinegar… well, quite a bit more actually.
Place the vent covers in the sink and pour in enough vinegar to cover them. Remember to plug the drain, you want that vinegar to stay in the sink. Allow the vent covers to sit in the vinegar for 15-20 minutes.
Once done soaking, use a sprayer to rinse them off with hot water. If you don’t have a sprayer, just run hot water over them.
You can gently run a scour pad over them as well. I am not claiming that every particle of grease will be removed and they will be shiny and clean, but I can say that a lot of the grime will wash off. I decided to plug my sink so I could show you what came off… cue gag reflex.
And that’s just one side of the sink; every side looks like that. Lovely. Here’s the grates before and after:
Replace the vents and now you’ve got everything clean and ready for more exploding sauce and movie theater popcorn!
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