Top Ways to Make Sure Your Microwave Works Well And Lasts Long

These simple tips and tricks can help you take care of your microwave and ensure food hygiene

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: May 20, 2020 20:18:31 IST
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Microwaves are no longer a luxury appliance but a kitchen staple most middle-class homes have. From reheating dishes and making popcorn to baking cakes and cooking a meal, microwaves help cut kitchen time and increase efficiency.

Therefore, keeping your microwave clean and in good condition are super important, not only for appearance’s sake but also to ensure food hygiene and to make it run more efficiently, for longer. Here are some tips on how you can take care of your microwave.

Clean your microwave daily

This is the best way to avoid any food residue or food splatter from drying up and leaving behind a tough-to-remove stain. Just like you wipe down your kitchen counter and the stove every day, make it a habit to clean your microwave as well. Don’t just wipe the front door but also clean it from inside. Daily cleaning will ensure your microwave stays sparkling clean.

Say no to harsh treatment

When possible, cover your food with a lid (leave a small part uncovered to allow the steam to escape) while placing it inside the microwave to avoid splatters and spillage.

Avoid using abrasive cleaners to clean your microwave—a harsh utensil scrub or bleaching liquids can scratch the finish and damage the machine in the long run. Also, make sure you only use microwave-safe dishes and containers. Avoid putting anything made of metal inside your microwave. Be gentle with the door because closing it too hard and too often can damage it.

DIY tips to remove tough stains

Once a week, deep clean your microwave. To tackle gunk and stains, fill a microwave-safe glass or bowl with water up to the halfway mark and add a tablespoon of vinegar. Microwave it on high for five minutes. The walls of the microwave will steam up and this will moisten the hard-to-remove stains. After removing the glass container, wipe down the inside of your microwave with a clean soft cloth or a wipe or a paper towel.

To remove spills from the floor of your microwave, mix two parts baking soda with one-part water and apply this paste to the hardened mess. Let it sit for about five minutes and then wipe it off with a wet sponge or cloth.

Air it out

After cleaning your microwave, make sure it’s completely dry. Wipe it down well to remove all the moisture, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria, and leave the door ajar for a while. If you are using a commercial cleaner to clean the insides of your microwave, buy one that is designed for micro-ovens. And once you are done, leave the microwave door slightly open for some time for the fumes and odour to evaporate.

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