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Aren't the summers relaxing?

Leisurely hours spent sidewalk shopping, a party or two with your best pals, and afternoons lounging with a margarita by the pool.

Ha.

The problem is that one of those parties ... well, it's at your house ... so people will be in your kitchen. And, have you seen your microwave? What is that anyway ... sauce, butter, popcorn, mold? It's amazing how even the biggest germ-a-fobe will let their microwave get the best of them.

Here's what you do: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with about 2 cups of water. Add some lemon juice, or a real lemon cut in half (squeeze out the juice into the water first.)

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Put the bowl in the microwave and set it on high for about 10 minutes. Then let it sit for a few minutes to let the steam penetrate the interior. Carefully remove the bowl and interior tray. Wipe down the interior with a damp cloth. All that gunk should now easily come off.

Wipe down (or wash) the tray in the sink, dry, and then return to microwave. For the outside, I usually stick with a spray kitchen cleaner and wipe with paper towels.

Why it works:
The steam from the water will loosen food particles better than any household cleaner, and the lemon will take away any smell that was previously left in there.

Who you'll impress: No one but yourself! You aren't ever going to admit that you let your microwave get that bad in the first place.



  • Norma

    Instead of a bowl of water I put paper towels. I get 2 or 3 sheets of towels and get them real wet, the water is almost dripping. Lay them flat on the bottom of the microwave and put it on hight for about 3 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes and them use the towels to wipe the sides and top. It comes clean almost immediately because of the steam from the towels.

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