We all know how important it is to keep a high standard of hygiene around food. While cleaning a microwave oven can seem like a chore, it is something that should be done on a regular basis to keep appliances energy-efficient and germ-free. With microwaves, it’s easy to just close the door and forget about stains and smells, but burnt-on food can cause electrical sparking and affect the microwave’s performance. Here’s how to clean the microwave oven and keep it in great condition.
How to Clean a Microwave Oven the Traditional Way
When it comes to cleaning your own machine, it’s a good idea to check what the manual says before attempting any of the methods below. Most manufacturers recommend a method similar to the following steps for cleaning a microwave:
- Prevent splatter by loosely covering food with microwavable plastic film or other items like a lid or paper towel when using the microwave.
- Avoid explosions by ensuring covered containers allow steam to escape, and are made of microwavable materials.
- Never put metal, wood or certain plastics into a microwave.
- Clean up any spills straight away.
- Clean regularly with water, an anti-bacterial spray, and a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Check labels to choose a product that is suitable for the microwave, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to get the best results and avoid damaging your appliance.
- Consult the manual for specific care instructions.