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6 Microwave makeover cleaning hacks

          In today's day and age it's hard to imagine how we ever functioned without the convenience of a microwave oven. They are a staple in millions of kiwi homes, and rightly so, due to their ability to quickly and easily cook, reheat and defrost food. 

          But when was the last time you cleaned your microwave?

          We all know someone whose microwave looks like it's seen better days. Sometimes odours, stains, or remnants of spilled food can become a cause for concern, but it doesn’t mean you need a new one– it might just need a little makeover. Failure to keep your microwave clean can result in nasty odours when using the microwave and over time, built up food splashes may overheat and could cause damage to the interior compartment. 

          Cleaning your microwave takes no more than five minutes and is much easier than cleaning a conventional oven. Here's our handy guide to give your microwave a deep clean and restore it to its former glory. 

          1. Using lemon to clean your microwave

          Lemon is a wonderful natural disinfectant. If you cut one lemon in half and place cut side down on a microwave safe plate, add a few tablespoons of water and microwave on high until steam is produced, this will loosen any stubborn spillages or stains inside your appliance. Remove the plate and lemon after letting it sit inside the microwave for a further 5 minutes. 

          2. Making sure it's safe to clean your microwave

          Make sure to unplug your microwave before cleaning – you want to ensure that your unit is switched off from the power supply before you start cleaning it.

          3. How to wipe down the inside of your microwave

          Use a damp cloth or non-abrasive sponge to gently wipe down the inside walls of the microwave oven. If your microwave has a turntable, you can remove this to wipe down the area underneath, removing any hard to see food or spills. 

          4. How to clean your microwave turntable

          Use warm water and non-caustic soap* to clean the turntable – You can remove the turntable from the microwave and clean it by hand similar to how you clean a plate after cooking, keeping the turntable clean keeps your oven free of built-up spills that produce odour over time. Remember to fully dry your turntable before placing it back into the oven. 

          *If you use a cleaner, avoid spraying it directly onto any part of the interior oven as this may lead to damage. Instead, spray it onto a clean, damp cloth and wipe the inside of the oven until it's clean. 

          5. How to keep the exterior of your microwave clean

          Wipe the exterior of the microwave and door with a damp cloth or sponge. If using a commercial cleaning product, ensure it's non-caustic. If using a sponge, ensure it's not abrasive to avoid damage or scratches to 6. the paint.   

          6.How to avoid using too much water when you clean your microwave

          Avoid saturating your cloth or sponge in water. Remember that the microwave is an electric device and using too much water may lead to damage over time.   

          Remember, if there is any internal damage in your microwave, you might require a service or to replace your microwave.  Common signs of wear and tear might include rust or scratches on the paint – so be sure to keep an eye on your microwave’s condition next time you clean it. If it’s time to upgrade your microwave, browse our range here: 

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