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The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave



How to Clean a Microwave

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Tired of battling all of the baked on food in your microwave? Well, guess what? You can finally put away all of the cleaners and elbow grease. Vinegar is the answer! Just fill a microwave-safe bowl with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, and nuke it for two minutes. Then, dip a sponge into the vinegar-water solution, and use it to wipe the food off of the walls of the microwave. It'll fall right off – no strong-arming required.

Why This Works

Heating the vinegar and water steams all of the food off, while the acetic acid in the vinegar sanitizes and deodorizes your microwave. Think of it as science at its frugal best.

Benefits of Cleaning with Vinegar

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • effective sanitizer
  • removes odors, rather than covering them up
  • environmentally-friendly


1) The vinegar-water solution will be very hot after heating. Wear gloves to protect your hands.

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