The holidays are a time for family, friends, and lots of delicious food. But all that good cheer can often leave behind a mess—especially in the kitchen. If your microwave is looking a little worse for wear, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. In this post, we’ll teach you how to clean a microwave with vinegar.
Step 1: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with the same measurement of water as for lemons. Add 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar per cup of water.
Adding vinegar to the water helps to loosen any food residues and bacteria that may be stuck on the walls of the microwave. The lemon juice, meanwhile, helps to cut through any grease or fats that may have built up.
Step 2 of the vinegar microwave cleaning process is to add the vinegar to the bowl. You can either pour it in or spray it on, whichever you find easier. Some people like to add a wooden toothpick or cocktail stick to the water as well to prevent it from boiling over.
After microwaving the bowl of vinegar for 3 minutes, close the door and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The steam will help loosen any caked-on food or spills. Open the door and wipe away the mess with a sponge or cloth. Rinse the sponge or cloth often, as the vinegar can be a little acidic. If there are any tough spots, you can use a toothbrush to scrub them away.
Step 4: After adding the vinegar to the bowl, put it in the microwave and leave it to stand for 5 minutes. This will allow the vinegar to work its magic and loosen all of the dirt and grime. Once the five minutes are up, carefully remove the bowl from the microwave using oven mitts (the bowl will be extremely hot). Wipe down the walls of the microwave with a damp microfiber cloth, making sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies. You can also use a toothbrush to get into tight spaces. Finally, use a another damp cloth to clean the door and base of the microwave.
You've just microwaved some popcorn and now there's grease and sticky kernels all over the inside of your microwave. Don't worry, though – it's easy to clean with just a little bit of vinegar.
Step 1: Fill a glass bowl with about 1 cup of vinegar.
Step 2: Microwave the vinegar for about 2 minutes, or until it begins to boil.
Step 3: Remove the bowl from the microwave and carefully place it on the counter.
Step 4: Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a paper towel or rag, using the hot vinegar to help loosen any stuck-on food.
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