Cleaning Tips For Belfast

How to clean your microwave

For me, microwaves are a really awkward object to clean, and difficult to position myself to get any decent purchase on it and give it a good hard scrub. My microwave always seems to get very grubby very quickly, we use it a lot, especially on those busy days when there's no time for cooking, it might be a ready meal, some soup or even reheating a cup of tea I forgot to drink or got cold. But generally after a few days it looks pretty bad in there and if something spattered onto the roof I'm always thinking is that going to heat up and drop into the next food or drink that I heat up – yuch!

It would great to have a self cleaning microwave like a self cleaning oven or self defrosting freezer but… Anyway after looking around at a few different suggestions I thought I would try this : put a bowl of water and vinegar in a 50/50 mix into the microwave. I was advised to put a small wooden object like a toothpick into the bowl as well, apparently this stops it from boiling over, I don't know how or why, but it seems ok. Put the microwave on high for maybe 5 minutes, then turn it off. Wait for a minute or two to let it cool a little and then just wipe the insides down with some dry kitchen towel. All the grease and grime comes straight off leaving you with a spotless machine. I must say microwaves have always been a bit of a concern to me, stories from the late 80's and early 90's about them leaking microwaves and cooking peoples insides when they stood next to them, stay with me to this day. If you have any concerns about your microwave always clean it in a fashion you feel safe with, or refer to your microwaves manufacturer or your manufacturers instructions.