Microwaves are one of the most used appliances in a home. Microwaves are effective time savers, however, you will need to clean it frequently to avoid smells and keep it maintained. Big City Maids, the professional house cleaning service in Cypress Tx, recommends the following tips in order to clean microwaves – quickly, easily, and affordably.

Before You Start Cleaning

The first thing to do is to disconnect the power cord to avoid an accident. Make sure the cord is in good shape without any cable exposure, if it is in good shape wipe off dirt and accumulated grease.
Next, open the microwave door and inspect it. Watch for extremely dirty areas so you can focus on them during the cleaning or leave the cleaning solutions sitting in that area a bit longer.

1 | Cleaning with Paper Towels

An easy and fast way to clean a microwave is with a handful of soaked paper towels. Place the soaking paper towels inside the microwave and turn on the microwave for 5 minutes. When you do this, the steam will soften and loosen grease and grime in the interior of the microwave. Allow wet towels to cool down and then wipe off the interior with them.

2 | Baking Soda

Another good option to clean a microwave is making a baking soda paste. To make the paste, use one part water and one part baking soda and mix together. Once you mix the water and baking soda, apply it to the interior of the microwave and let it sit for 5 minutes. After it has been sitting for 5 minutes, wipe off the baking soda paste with a wet sponge or wet cloth. If there are any dirty spots left, use a paper towel to remove any residue.

3 | Vinegar and Water

Another steaming option is to use vinegar and water. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to one cup of water and turn on the microwave for 5 minutes. Make sure to use a microwave-safe glass. This process will also create steam and make it easier to wipe off grime and grease. After running the microwave for 5 minutes, carefully remove the glass container, and wipe off the inside of the microwave. Remove the turntable and wash it in the dishwasher.

4 | Baking Soda and Vinegar

Another economical option is to use vinegar and baking soda. Use 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water, mix together until the baking soda is dissolved. After making the baking soda paste, apply it using a cloth all over the microwave interior and let it sit for 15 minutes. After the baking soda has been sitting for 15 minutes, remove it using a cloth that is dipped in vinegar. All the grime will come off very easily and quickly. Repeat steps until the microwave is completely clean. You can also allow the baking soda to sit overnight if the microwave is too dirty.

5 | Lemon Juice

Start by cutting a lemon in half, and place both halves in a microwave-safe plate. Next, add a tablespoon of water and microwave for about a minute until the lemon is hot and the microwave interior is steamy. Finally, wipe down the interior of the microwave using paper towels. You can also throw the lemon in the garbage disposal/extractor and eliminate funky odors.

6 | Dish Soap

Mix 1 tablespoon of dish soap and a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. After stirring and mixing it for a few seconds, place the bowl inside the microwave and run it for 2 minutes. This process will create steam and loosen all the grime and nasty food residue left inside your microwave. Simply get a cloth or paper towels and wipe the interior of the microwave. All the grime and grease should wipe off easily.

7 | Diluted Window Cleaner Solution

In a microwave-safe bowl, mix 2 parts window cleaner and one part water. Stir the mixture and apply it to the interior walls of the microwave, turntable and turntable support. Let it sit for five minutes so it can loosen all the stains and wipe down using a cloth or paper towels that are dipped into the mix you previously made. As a final step, use a clean paper towel or cloth that’s soaked with clean water to wipe off the microwave to ensure the mix is completely removed from the interior of the microwave.

8 | Commercial Cleansers

There are many commercial cleaners that work perfectly and reduce the scrubbing you have to do to leave your microwave clean. We recommend Soft Scrub, it works perfectly on hard jobs. Be careful when using commercial-grade cleansers, some create fumes, choose a fume-free cleanser. We also recommend unplugging the microwave just to be safe. Different commercial cleansers have different recommended dwell times, so check the label when using commercial cleaners to clean your microwave.

Cleaning Tips from Big City Maids

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