A cleaning tip….

This morning when I was trying to find things to fill the last couple of spots to fill the dishwasher so that I could run it, I remembered that the microwave hadn’t been cleaned in a while, and the glass plate in there, as well as the food cover could probably use to be cleaned.   Well, I almost never use the microwave (I do use it 3 days a week to sterilize baby J’s bottles, but I don’t necessarily pay attention to it, just throw the bottle sterilization bag in there, close the door and set it for 3:30 and let it go), so I don’t pay that close of attention to it’s state.  Which is actually a HUGE mistake, because the people that are using it (D and the kids) aren’t the best at wiping up spills and splatters.   So, I opened it up this morning and discovered that Yes, indeed, it did need a good cleaning.  There was a good amount of splatters on the “ceiling” and walls, and the glass tray had a spot of crusties (it looked like burnt on cheese…..probably from the nachos that the kids made earlier this week for a snack) on it, so I knew that a “deep cleaning” was in order.    Now in years gone by, this would have been a chore that I would have put off for days or even weeks because I just didn’t have time or energy to put the elbow grease into.   That is no longer the case.   About 5 years ago a dear friend and I were talking about cleaning and the things that we hate to clean the most, for me that would be the microwave and the oven.   She said something along the lines of “why do you hate cleaning the microwave”.   I explained that it didn’t matter how much elbow grease I put into it, I just couldn’t always get all of the burnt on splatters off of the “ceiling” and walls.  Then she told me the GREATEST TIP I think I’ve ever received……

To clean your microwave, get a large pyrex or microwave safe glass bowl and slice up 2 lemons.  Cover them with water (making sure there is room in the bowl for the water to boil, you don’t want the bowl more than half full with water/lemons), place in the microwave and cook on high power  for 5 minutes.  Carefully remove bowl and use a dishcloth or sponge to wipe inside of microwave.  If everything doesn’t come off, put the bowl of lemon water back in and microwave on HIGH power for another 5 minutes, remove and repeat.   You shouldn’t have to put any elbow grease at all into this, the splatters should come off easily.  If they don’t microwave the lemon water mixture again.     The lemon oil not only works to soften the burnt on grease and food, but it also sterilizes the inside of your microwave.     I love this tip, and only wish I could find something so easy for my oven  that doesn’t involve the chemical oven cleaners that are so caustic.

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6 Responses to A cleaning tip….

  1. Karen says:

    I have an even better tip for cleaning the microwave Lori. Take a hand towel and get it wet. Sqeeze out the eccess water and fold the towel in half. Place it in the microwave for up to 5 minutes. When the buzzer goes off, leave the towel in the microwave for another ten minutes. When you open the microwave, use the towel to clean the inside and EVERYTHING will fall off. Be carefull! If the towel is still too hot to hold, leave it in the microwave a little bit longer to cool. No need for lemons!

  2. Renee' says:

    What a great cleaning tip! I am going to try it out this week. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Gail says:

    I think my microwave instructions said to do something similar with a pyrex cup and water, which still works pretty good. But I love the idea of lemons! It should really clean good and smell clean too.

  4. annie says:

    Great tip!
    Thanks for stopping by earlier! It was good to hear from you 🙂

  5. Adriana says:

    This is how my mom has always cleans her microwave. It works like a charm!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lori,
    I posted another chocolate recipe for you. 🙂
    Hugs,
    Elizabeth

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