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Some time ago I heard that microwaving your moist dishcloth for 2 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave) will sanitize it. I have begun doing that every evening following dinner dishes, but there is an added bonus. The heat and moisture loosens anything on the walls of your microwave as well and a quick wipe-down with your heated cloth will make it sparkle. My microwave looks totally brand new since doing this faithfully, and it is almost a year old!
By Lee from Southeast WI
To clean the inside of your microwave of splatters of food without any chemicals, fill a soup bowl halfway with water and put in the microwave on high power for five minutes. Let it set for 1 minute. Take the soup bowl out (be careful, it will be hot), then use a wet sponge to wipe away the splatters.
Almost no scrubbing will be necessary. You can cut a lemon or lime and put in the water before putting in the microwave to makes it smell good, but it is not necessary.
By Thriftygirl from Boston, MA
To clean your microwave, take a bowl of water and had a half cup of lemon juice. Place in microwave for 3 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes or so to loosen the dirt inside and wipe clean. This makes all the dirt and grime come off a lot easier.
By Jeni B from North Tonawanda, NY
Pour 1 cup of vinegar into a 2 cup measuring cup, then add 1 cup of hot water to that. Place the measuring cup into the microwave for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the cup, use gloves and wipe out your microwave with a wet rag, then dry it. Stuck on stuff will come right off.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
To clean the interior of a microwave, first boil a bowl of water in it for 3-4 minutes. The humidity allows everything to wipe out easily with a regular dishcloth.
By Sandi from Sherwood Park, Alberta
One of the hardest places to keep clean is the microwave since the kids and hubby also "cook" in it. That also means spills that no one "saw" and therefore did not clean up and then cooked again.
I finally got smart: For about a dollar, I got a roll of waxed paper. Just cut to fit and lay one in. Then all you have to do it replace it from time to time.
Source: This is actually something I came up with on my own, but now everyone in the family, even my mother-in-law is doing it.
By Sarah from Berrien Springs, MI
Put water in a large cup with 2 tsp. of vinegar. Put it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, then let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe out. It's easy to clean and sweet smelling!
I always have winter gloves that have no mate showing up around the laundry room. I decided to see how well one cleaned the inside of the microwave. The glove allowed me to get the inside of the oven cleaned quicker than with a cleaning cloth.
To quickly clean your microwave oven just wet a paper towel and wring it out. Put the wrung out towel in the oven and run for 1 minute.
To clean and freshen the microwave, in a microwave safe bowl mix and 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Heat for 5 minutes on high. This will remove odors and soften baked on food spills.
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