Frugal Living: How to Clean the Microwave with No Chemicals
For those of you who don't know, I grew up with severe asthma and allergies. In fact, I nearly died when I was 16 years old after a major allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock). For those reasons, it has always been very hard for me to clean with traditional cleaners. Even though I no longer deal with asthma and my allergies are better than they used to be (Praise God!), I still do not like to use harsh chemicals in my house.
After making my own cleaners for quite some time, I still struggled with removing hard stains like food stuck in the microwave and even in the oven. Then...I came across one of the best tips in the entire world, in my opinion, and I do it nearly every week.
If you want to remove hard stains in the microwave (or any stains for that matter) simply wet a washcloth with water and place it into the microwave. You can heat that up for 15 - 20 seconds. It will be HOT...that's your disclaimer...it's HOT so don't reach in and grab it with your whole hand until it has cooled for a few seconds.
Just by heating it, you've loosened the food in the microwave. Now (when it is safe), grab the washcloth and clean the microwave. As long as the washcloth is still warm, you should be able to easily wipe away the food. The key is the warm washcloth, if you have gloves that you can use then that is a good idea too.
I have also soaked the washcloth in white vinegar and heated that up as well. Either works fine but if you want to stick with the basics, just use water. I cannot tell you how many uses there are for this. I LOVE IT. LOVE IT...I say.
Just another disclaimer....This involves HEAT...don't touch something that is hot. If you decide to do so, I am not liable so no e-mails please. Play it safe folks.