#SmartMamaLUTION #3 – Cleaning Your Microwave, WITHOUT Chemicals, Please!

Keep your home a Smart CLEAN Home this New Year!  Microwaves are common household appliances and often get more use than a traditional oven.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 90% of American households have one!  The appliance was invented in 1946 by Percy Spencer whose 1st “microwaved” food was melting chocolate!  Yummy!  Nowadays we use it for far more than melting chocolate.  We cook, warm, reheat and defrost foods on a regular basis.  It’s our go-to appliance, therefore it’s probably the appliance getting the dirtiest the quickest!

Keeping that, often most important appliance, clean can be a challenge.  Cleaning your microwave should include NO chemicals.  Have you ever cleaned it with an all-purpose cleaner to then smell it’s chemical cleaner scent for many uses thereafter as the remaining cleaner burns in the appliance? Yuck!

Clean It!

Here’s a quick way to stick to that resolution –keep your microwave clean – WITHOUT chemicals!  Today I want you to get a microwave-safe bowl (no plastic please) filled ½ way with water and slices of lemon, lime or orange – depending on your preferred scent.  Tablespoons of vinegar can also be added for it’s known cleaning powers. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat at HIGH for 4 minutes.

That's the bowl of water cleaning my microwave!

Moisture will accumulate throughout the walls of the microwave, loosening hardened splatters.  Use a paper towel or other clean rag to wipe down the inside, including ceiling, of microwave when the 4 minutes are up.  If some stains remain, just go through the cycle again.

Ultra Clean Microwave!


Would love to see some before and after photos of your microwave!  Take a photo or two of your microwave and write a quick blog post about how you did SmartMamaLUTION #3: Cleaning Your Microwave, WITHOUT Chemicals, Please!  You are invited to include a link to your post using the LINKY below.  If you do not maintain a blog, I welcome you to share a comment below about your cleaned microwaved!

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  1. Amanda 4 January, 2012 at 12:14 Reply

    OMG, love this one! I was just looking at my microwave yesterday and it desperately needs a good scrubbing! Can’t wait to get home after work and try it. =)

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