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How often do you clean your microwave? If you’re like me, not often enough! Yikes!
I don’t use my microwave very often. Growing up, we didn’t even have one, so I’m used to reheating food in the oven. I don’t think I could ever actually cook a meal in a microwave…that just seems gross to me. And I’ve read somewhere or other that microwaving your food kills all the good things in it during the quick heating process.
If you’re sticking to a minimalist kitchen, you don’t need a microwave, but currently we have room for one and it is convenient sometimes. I’ll use it for reheating coffee, melting butter, and the occasional reheat of lunch when I’m in a time crunch. I’ll also use it to speed up my soap making. Cocoa butter and shea butter take forever to melt in the slow cooker.
Regardless of how often you use your microwave, you do need to clean it every so often. I had some butter pop in mine the other day, and just realized I had left the mess when I pulled my sticky coffee cup out. (As I write this it makes me sound like a complete slob. Hm…maybe I should reconsider this confession…)
Instead of ignoring it, I decided to test one of the many life-hacks I see all over social media. I saw a fancy little meme about placing a wet sponge in the microwave for a few minutes, heating it up, and then bam, steam bath for the microwave and all the grim comes off in seconds. Of course I’m skeptical because I read it on the internet (and even more so because it was on Facebook).
But I thought I’d give it a try. And guess what? It works!!
I didn’t have a sponge, but tried a dish cloth instead. I added a little soap to the process since it seemed like the right thing to do. And the whole thing only took about 2 minutes.
Clean Your Microwave in 3 Easy Steps:
- Place damp cloth in your microwave and “cook” for 1 minute.
- Carefully remove the cloth and add a dab of liquid castile soap. (It may be hot!) Wipe out the grime.
- Rinse the cloth in hot water and wipe out any remaining stickiness.
Yeah, it’s that easy. Why did I put off this simple task? Now that I know it works, no more excuses. None for you either!
Have you cleaned your microwave lately?