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How-To: Cleaning The Microwave

Keeping it clean isn't always easy but it is possible!

Photography: Samsung (Main Photo)

The microwave is a very handy piece of home appliance—it's perfect for thawing frozen goods, reheating leftovers and most especially, cooking ready-to-eat meals for days when we just can't be bothered to prep a healthy dinner. However, with constant, almost-daily use, food splatters and spills can take over the walls of your oven and decrease its efficiency over time. To keep it running smoothly for years to come, here is a weekly cleaning regimen you can try: 

1. Fill a bowl with room temperature water and 5-10 lemon slices (You can also squeeze some of the juice into the water). Place it inside the microwave and turn it on high—around five minutes should do the trick. 

2. Let steam build up inside for a few minutes then carefully remove the bowl of water from the microwave. This helps loosen up any dried up grime and neutralizes foul odors.

3. Let it cool for around an hour. Wipe inside and out with a sponge dampened with just water to remove any residue. 

4. Using the same sponge, clean the rubber gasket around the door. 

5. If the window or handles are greasy, wipe it down with a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water using a soft washcloth. Let it air dry. 

PHOTOS and SOURCES: Samsung (Main Photo) | | | Apartment Therapy | Good Housekeeping

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