By my estimation, about 16% of you are right now thinking I'm supposed to clean the microwave?
And most of the other 84% are thinking Didn't I just clean the microwave last summer? Is it time to clean it again already?
Yes, you should probably clean your microwave. And you should probably clean it every week...or maybe every two weeks if you don't use it very much.
But fret not: even if you haven't cleaned your microwave since approximately one hundred and fifty seven leftover spaghetti reheats ago, I can help! ( No, I won't clean your microwave for you. Or your fridge. Or your oven. I will however reorganize your closets in exchange for a bag of chocolate covered almonds and a subscription to Style at Home magazine.)
How to clean you microwave in 4 easy steps:
1) Put 1 cup of vinegar in a glass microwaveable bowl and microwave it on high until it's boiling and has covered the walls of the microwave in vinegary condensation. (this takes about 5 minutes in mine)
Let sit 3 minutes.
2) Carefully remove the bowl of vinegar. With a cloth or paper towel, wipe the surfaces clean. If there are some really stuck on messes, use a scrubby suitable for non-stick cookware.
3) clean the turntable in warm soapy dish water. Dry and put back.
4)Wipe down the outside of your microwave with a damp cloth.
Wasn't that easy? Since you are going to have a cup of warm vinegar when you are done, sprinkle some baking soda down your kitchen drain while heating the vinegar and then (carefully!) pour the warm vinegar down the drain. Bye-bye sinky stinkies!
(Note: consult your microwave's manual for any special instructions. It may, for example, have a grease filter that needs to be cleaned. So read the manual. Seriously.)