Monday, April 4, 2011

Clean Your Microwave in 10 Easy Steps

1.  Take photos of the disgusting microwave interior.  (Really, I cover my food; what gives?!)

2.  Listen to Handy Man complain: "Are you REALLY going to show this on the blog? YUCK!"

3.  Try to explain to Handy Man that I'm just "trying to keep it real," and get started.  Take out a microwave safe container (I used a large glass measuring cup).

4.  Realize I don't have lemons to squeeze into the water, per the instructions I found on the internet.

5. Wonder if lemon juice will work instead.

6.  Boil water with two tablespoons of lemon juice in the microwave. (I had some comments from readers about using vinegar.  Yes, you can use vinegar instead.)

7.  Try to be patient; wait five minutes for the steam to work on softening the gunk.

8.  Help Handy Boy with something and get distracted; steam does it's job.

9.  Take a cloth and wipe up all of the gunk.

10.  Take "after" pictures for the blog.

28 comments:

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

Lemon Juice! huh! I've always used vinegar.
Also, totally ironic as cleaning the microwave is #1 on my to-do's for tomorrow!
Tell the hubs that this was a great post :)

Jennifer said...

NIce, that's how I clean mine.

gin said...

Very nice; I'd never heard of that. I love an all natural way to clean things I use every day. Thanks!

Jodi said...

That's how I clean mine too! It looks much better now!
Coming over from Homemaker on a Dime.

Just One Donna said...

Nice! I agree, we have to keep it real. As much as we would like everything to be perfect and sparkly all the time, it really is not. It's nice to share. Here's one of my keeping it real moments, http://www.justonedonna.com/2011/01/freezer-dont.html.

Dave @ Transform My Home said...

Great tip to know. Lemon juice, who would have thunk. I have a shower cleaning project to post soon that involves using vinegar.

Scrappy Gal said...

Lemon juice, or a fresh cut lemon does wonders for cleaning!! I use them a lot to cut grease on things in the kitchen, such as the micro after I've squeezed the juice out for a recipe....it's a 2 for 1 in my house.

Heather @ Significantly Simple said...

I do much the same thing - I spray the inside with vinegar/water/lemon oil then put a cup of water inside to steam. Works like a breeze!

Jenn said...

Too funny- I almost posted the exact same thing the other day! Thanks for sharing and saving me the time! I post about Green cleaning from time to time so I will link back to you if you don't mind! :) I love that you kept it real! My was worse!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Thanks for the tip...lemon,hu! Love the smell. You're hubs was wrong, we all needed this!

FABBY

Mary said...

You did a really great job! Thank you for sharing this at Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

Toqua's Crafts said...

Isn't it AMAZING how disgusting the microwave gets - even when we cover the food!?!?

I have a friend that told me she puts a wet sponge in the microwave and turns it on. You get the same steam affect, plus she says it sanitizes the sponge.

Mikey said...

Great magic trick! Do you do kid's parties! LOL! Thanks for the tip!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

CAS said...

Great tip! I like the idea of the lemon. I've used vinegar & that's pretty strong. I always cover things, too, but the little grubbies just seem to appear.
CAS

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I do this too and I love it! I also throw the scrubby sponge in there and sanitize it too.
:)

Lori E said...

I can't reach the inside of mine because it is over the stove and I am only five feet tall. I make others clean it and I don't care how they do it. Lol.

Andrea said...

Just this evening, I accidentally overheated something in the microwave... I'll have to try this and get rid of those splatters! Thanks for the info!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Great tip! Yup, I also use lemon juice for cleaning microwave!
Thanks.

Sanghamitra.
http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for creating such an amazing blog full of inspiration and tips. I'll be back often (and I LOVE the before and after pics)!

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

LOL! That was halarious! The tute to clean the microwave! Love it!
I would LOVE to have you link up to my PARTY! WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!

And I have a party button you can grab and put on your blog so your friends can come too:)




*ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

xoxokara

Bloggymom said...

I just heard about this a few weeks ago. I just love how slick it works.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Yup... that does work like a charm. Visiting from Show and Tell at Blue Cricket.
~Kimberlee
{$15 Amazon GC Giveaway} 

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow, thats a good tip. Great blog. Hope o see you at My Dream Canvas!

Mary said...

I have a totally lazy way of doing this. I buy the big thing of bulk lemon juice. I put water in and dump a whole bunch of lemon juice. I let that boil/steam in the microwave while I wipe down the inside of the fridge and appliances. I know that fresh lemons are better ... BUT ... :)

emilysnan said...

hiya crafty woman tell handy man you get a lot of credit for being real and showing your not so clean microwave cause you know some of us would not be brave enough !lol have the fake lemon juice on my shopping list now ! tfs

Leen said...

Great post, I don't think it was yucky at all! I will be sure to forward it to my hubby so he can get to it (that's his job around here)!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

Have you ever heard of Shaklee's Basic H2? I am giving away samples of them on my blog right now! It is a natural organic, non-toxic cleaner! :) Erin

www.healthybranscoms.com

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Sparkling! I love a clean microwave. Thanks so much to linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...