It’s the worst, isn’t it? You’re microwaving something and heard the dreaded POP of food being splattered everywhere. Worse yet, you’re like me with kids (and a husband) who don’t pay attention to messes in the microwave and you open it up only to discover crusty food caked on the sides and top. What to do, what to do? To save yourself the time and energy of scrubbing the microwave, here are three easy ways to use the power of steam to clean a microwave fast and easily!
Method 1: Bowl of Water
This is my preferred method that I use at home 99% of the time. All you will need is water, white vinegar and a chopstick or toothpick.
Pour equal parts vinegar and water (I use one cup of each) in a medium microwaveable mixing bowl. Add a chopstick or toothpick to the bowl-this breaks the surface area of the water to help prevent superheating and “popping” of the water than can leads to splashes and burns. Microwave for 7 minutes, then allow it to sit an additional 3 minutes without opening the door.
When you open the microwave door be cautious of the built up steam. Carefully remove the bowl and the turntable-both will be hot. Use a sponge to wipe down the sides, top and bottom of the microwave-it should wipe clean easily. Wash the turntable in the sink and you’re all done! Easy-peasy!
After-No Scrubbing Required!
Method 2: Sponge
I published this method years and years ago but I rarely use it anymore. First, because sponges in general gross me out! Second because I find the bowl of water method to be more useful because it releases more steam. But, if your microwave isn’t too dirty and you’re in a rush simply saturate a sponge with water, pour a tablespoon or two of distilled white vinegar on it and microwave for 3 minutes. Again, let it sit an additional 3 minutes then carefully open and remove then wipe out the interior. As a bonus this method can clean your sponge as well!
Method 3: Angry Mama Steamer
I don’t use this myself but I recently saw a friend with one and was impressed with how well it worked. It uses the same principle as both methods above by allowing the water/vinegar to steam and loosening the grime.
Cute right? So, if you don’t mind spending the few bucks and want the amusement of the angry mama, it’s a great effective way to clean your microwave as well!
How does your microwave look right now? Do you need to steam it clean? Try one of these methods and let me know how easy it was in the comments!
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