Clean Kitchen Update: Microwave & Toaster Oven

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October’s Clean Kitchen Task:  Microwave & Toaster Oven

Cleaning the microwave is something that needs to be done on a regular basis.  I don’t actually use the microwave very much because I prefer to heat leftovers in my NuWave oven.  So when I do open the microwave to use it, I’m sometimes surprised at how dirty it is and the fact that it doesn’t seem to bother any one else.

To keep spattered food from building up and getting baked on, I try to clean the microwave often.  Covering your food when you heat it also helps to keep down spatters.

One of the areas that I find most difficult to clean in the microwave is the top part on the inside of the oven.  Since my microwave sits above my stove, reaching and applying enough pressure to the top is just a bit awkward.  Here is a picture of some of the grime I found on it this week.

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I gave it a good cleaning and used a toothpick to remove gunk from the groove of the large circle and the little circle.  After I had it looking nice and clean I snapped another picture only to see in the picture that I still hadn’t gotten it all!  Maybe the camera is a good tool to use when cleaning.  It has a way of magnifying imperfections.

Anyway, I went at it again and finally got it all clean.

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  1. Sandy says

    It’s easier to clean the microwave if you heat a cup of water in it first and then let the water sit in there for a few minutes. Helps to loosen all the stuff up!!

  2. Heather says

    I haven’t used the microwave for years, but my husband still uses it regularly. I actually use it to store his large tea pot! :-)

    If you want to clean if FAST, heat (to boiling or almost boiling) a thick glass with handle (such as a pyrex measuring cup) filled about half full of white vinegar. After it is boiling, or near boiling, just turn off the microwave and leave it in there for a bit. The vapors will loosen ALL dirt, even the baked on stuff, and all smells will be removed, as well. Once the vinegar has cooled a bit, I usually carefully pour it down the walls of my shower to clean off any soap scum. Just be sure to let it cool a bit. You don’t want hot vinegar vapors in your lungs!

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