Confession: I don't clean my microwave very often.
I felt embarrassed until I came across all the other mommy bloggers confessing the exact same faux pas.
I think my problem is that I don't really even SEE the mess. I'm just distracted...distracted by the delicious food I probably just microwaved.
Can you blame me? I thought not.
But for those times when I do see the mess and realize I've been derelict in my housekeeping duties, it comforts me to know that I can have the whole fun process over and done with in less than 10 minutes with very little effort or expense.
Here is what I use:
I like to keep a bottle of lemon juice around for cleaning purposes, but if I don't have it then white vinegar does the trick nicely.
- Put ~ 1 cup lemon juice (or vinegar) in a bowl.
- Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes.
- Don't open the microwave for a few minutes to let the steamed liquid loosen the food particles.
- Remove bowl (it's HOT!) and wipe down with cloth or paper towel.
It really is that easy.
Sometimes if I have a super heavy-duty cleaning job, I'll spray the interior of the microwave generously with some vinegar before I place the bowl in and heat it. I've never had a problem getting the gunk off when I do that.