Steps In Cleaning And Maintaining Your Microwave Oven

The microwave oven is perhaps one of the most important kitchen appliances these days. From reheating leftovers, making popcorn, to cooking dishes, its value is truly remarkable. However, it seems that it’s also often overlooked when it comes to maintenance and cleaning.

There may be different kinds of such oven available. However, their general cleaning and maintenance needs remain equally the same. The countertop microwave oven is perhaps the most common kind of them all. Usually, cleaning it involves getting rid of food particles stuck along the inside walls. Eliminating nasty odors is also a part of it.

Prior to cleaning, always ensure that you have unplugged the oven. Using an ordinary kitchen cleaning solution, spray the inside walls thoroughly. Allow it to stay there for a few minutes to make it work. If you want, you can also create your own solution. A paste made of baking soda and vinegar is highly effective. You may also use plain vinegar or club soda, and transfer them into a spray bottle.

Use a damp sponge or towel to remove the cleaning solution. You may rinse it once in a while with warm water if you deem necessary. Once completely clean, you can proceed to drying the walls with kitchen or paper towels. Different ovens may require different cleaning precautions. So if you own a GE microwave oven, for example, read the manual that comes with it.

Eliminating the smell of food heated in the oven is also an easy task. In a bowl of water, place 2-3 lemons which are sliced into thin strips. Let it heat in the oven for around 5 minutes. The same odor-eliminating effect can be achieved using a cup of water with a tablespoon of vinegar. Even plain bottled lemon juice works as well.

If you got an over the range microwave, you actually need to clean and maintain two appliances. Other than the oven itself, the vent part also needs attention. The first step is to detach the hood filter. For 5 minutes, soak it in a tub of warm water. Remove, then thoroughly spray with a cleaning solution of your choice. After 15 minutes, use a non-abrasive pad to clean, later on rinsing it with water.

Again using your choice of cleaning solution, spray the vent’s interior. However, avoid spraying on crevices and the light. Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes. Use a damp sponge or cloth to completely remove the solution. For hard-to-reach areas of the vent, use a small brush. Dry using kitchen towels, then reattach the filter.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on June 18, 2010

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