Don’t worry… you don’t have the wrong blog. I am still the world’s laziest cleaner.
I actually once really enjoyed cleaning back when I lived by myself and didnt have kids making immediate wrecks of my work- but those days are long, long gone.
Now when I have time to clean, I want to get as much done as possible. I just do NOT have time for scrubbing, wiping, sanitizing… and I have such active little kiddos I don’t really want them ingesting a ton of chemicals. So long story short, I am always on the lookout for easy and safe ways to sanitize the places we use the most- and there is nothing we use less than our microwave and stove.
Like many houses, our microwave sites right over our stove and the grill underneath it also has a fan. The fan grate gets full of nasty, disgusting, horrifying stuff. When we cook anything that gets steamy, the steam heads up to the fan grate and collects, and drips back onto the stove.
So to say I wanted a great way to clean it- without any harsh chemicals or really ANYTHING that isn’t food grade would be an understatement. Luckily, I found a super easy and fast way to use vinegar- yes- simple VINEGAR- to clean both the inside of the microwave AND the grate underneath. In FIVE minutes!
To get yours sparkling clean like mine, you’ll need:
– white vinegar (a decent amount- have 1/2 bottle on hand just in case)
-a microwave safe bowl
-a sink half full of warm water and 1 cup vinegar
-a sink sprayer
First off, start by filling your bowl up with water and about a cup of vinegar. Microwave it for four minutes.
While it is microwaving, gently pull on your microwave grate by its handle. Mine slid right out. Place it in the vinegar water bath and submerge it for a minute or two. Pick it up and spray it off with your sink sprayer- the grime will literally fall away into the sink. Spray the entire grate until clean, and then set out to dry.
When the microwave is done, CAREFULLY remove the bowl full of water. It will be extremely hot!
Take some paper towels and quickly wipe down the microwave. Since the water and vinegar was boiling, there will be steam droplets everywhere. These act to sotfen grease so you can just wipe it right off. If it doesn’t come off easily, add more vinegar and water to the bowl and microwave longer.
That’s it- you’re done!
This method was SO much easier than using harsh chemicals, and it is the first time my microwave has actually smelled fresh (and not just chemical-y) after cleaning. And it was the EASIEST way I have ever found to get the stuck on grunge off the top of the microwave. I can never seem to get all that gunk- but it just wiped right away.