Microwave oven (by MK2010, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

We’ve all had a food explosion in our microwave, right?  Re-heating fish, pizza, spaghetti sauce, soup, beans…and then you run out the door to work, leaving the food particles to dry and stick, making it a cleaning nightmare.  Office microwaves can be the worst, with many people using the microwave and no one taking charge to clean it.

Office or home…here’s a great way to easily clean your microwave.  Steam clean it with water and vinegar.  It’s easy and non-toxic.

WikiHow provides four options for cleaning your microwave:

  1. Boil water and vinegar to steam, moisten & loosen food particles;
  2. Use half a lemon;
  3. Use dish soap;
  4. Use window cleaner

I decided to use water and DIY Lavender Vinegar Cleaner to clean a microwave that was looking pretty bad!  Here’s my process:

  1. Fill a microwave-safe glass Pyrex bowl halfway with water.
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon of DIY Lavender Vinegar Cleaner.
  3. Microwave for 5 minutes (it will be boiling rapidly).
  4. Carefully (hot!!) remove the bowl.
  5. Remove the glass turntable and wash this separately in the sink.  You can use dish soap or carefully use the hot water/vinegar solution.
  6. Wipe down the steamed food particles.

Voila!  Easy and quick!  I’m 100% sold on safe, non-toxic household cleaners and this is one more non-toxic cleaning method that works!

Baking soda, vinegar & lemons can be used to safely clean your home! (Lemon photo by Aka, Wikimedia Commons).

Each time we use non-toxic household cleaners, we’re saving money, supporting our long-term health, and helping protect the environment.  Another important step on our ecofriendly journey!

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