Thoroughly cleaning your microwave is crucial when ensuring your kitchen is pristine. Regularly taking the time to clean your microwave helps maintain a hygienic and odor-free environment in your kitchen. Food splatters build up over time, leading to bacteria and unpleasant smells in your microwave. Keeping a clean microwave also ensures that your food will be heated evenly and efficiently, which helps prevent foodborne illnesses. If you neglect to regularly clean your microwave, the stains and grime buildup will become more challenging to remove over time. Regularly cleaning your microwave extends its lifespan, improves performance, and promotes a healthy cooking environment.
However, it is easy to make mistakes when cleaning your microwave that can lead to damage to the appliance and inefficient cleaning. To ensure that your microwave is thoroughly clean, here are some mistakes you should avoid:
Using Harsh Chemicals
Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners on the interior and exterior of your microwave. These cleaners can damage the surface of your microwave and leave behind residue or strong odors that can affect the taste and smell of your food. Opt for gentle and natural cleaning solutions such as mild dish soap or water and vinegar when cleaning your microwave.
Not Regularly Cleaning
It’s extremely important to regularly clean your microwave to prevent the buildup of stains, food splatters, and odors. If you do not regularly clean, it will be a more time-consuming and difficult process later on. Avoid this mistake by wiping down the interior of your microwave with a sponge or soft, damp cloth after every use. Do a deep clean weekly to keep your microwave sparkly clean.
Not Cleaning the Turntable and Accessories
The turntable and accessories in your microwave should be cleaned as well. If you neglect to clean these items, your microwave’s overall cleanliness and functionality will be compromised. Remove the turntable, support ring, and other removable parts to properly clean your microwave. Wash these parts in warm, soapy water. Wipe down the interior of the microwave where these parts are usually placed to ensure that your microwave is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Scrubbing the Interior
Avoid scrubbing the interior of your microwave too harshly. The interior is coated with protective enamel or paint, so if it is scrubbed too hard, the coating can be damaged. Use gentle wiping motions and let the cleaning solution sit for a few minutes to loosen stubborn grime before wiping.
Not Cleaning the Exterior
Cleaning the exterior of your microwave is equally important as the interior. Microwave exteriors usually accumulate grease, fingerprints, and dust over time. This makes your microwave look dirty. Wipe the exterior of your microwave with a soft, damp cloth or sponge.
Cleaning With Too Much Water
Avoid cleaning with excess water or solutions. This can lead to the liquids accumulating in the crevices or vents of your microwave. Excessive liquid can lead to damage to your electrical components and microwave malfunctions. Be sure to wring out your cleaning cloth or sponge and use a soft, dry cloth to wipe away excess moisture.
Ignoring Safety Precautions
Do not use metal scrubbers or utensils when cleaning your microwave. This can lead to damage to the interior and cause sparks. If you’re using boiling water to steam clean your microwave, remember to be cautious to avoid scalding.
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