Nuking Dinner isn’t a Victimless Crime
Everybody uses microwave ovens. They are an appliance that you will find in almost every kitchen you visit. Microwaves are even an appliance you can find in dorm or bedrooms atop many a mini-fridge. The convenience of the microwave oven has led it being probably THE most popular electrical appliance in use in the US today. There is a dark side to the popularity of the microwave, though. Since just about everybody uses them to cook just about everything, it is only common sense that this most used appliance would be one of the appliances most in need of some TLC in the cleaning department.
How to choose a microwave oven?
My first priority is to get one with a reasonable power consumption and is a convection/microwave oven combo. Why? to save space. It really depends on how much space you have in your kitchen for all of the different appliances? For me, I don’t have a lot of space to spare so I need to keep those in mind. If you can, choose the one with a self-cleaning function. Considering the amount of food and how often you are planning to use it, it really helps that you can clean it with a press of a button. Well, there are tons of features and price points, you really need to keep a cool head (don’t forget about your budget). If everything else fail, and you just want a neat list of all the features, check out the latest oven review 2015. This list is very useful as a last resort to double check all your wishlist and budget too.
How does it get so bad?
If you go a week or two without inspecting your microwave oven, you might be surprised by just how dirty the things can get. I put in some leftovers, wander around the kitchen for a minute, then go back and get my hot food. I don’t really sit there and look at the inside of the dinner-box when I am getting my food. I just use it and go on with the rest of my business.
See, a part of how the thing gets so dirty is that it sits there on the counter, or under the fume hood, or in the corner all nice and closed. I clean the outside of my microwave more often than I clean the inside of it, truth-be-told. I see when the outside is messy, but the only time I really look inside, I am already busy with retrieving a snack. The inside just suffers from never being readily visible when I’m not already busy.
How to clean it
You could opt for some regular retail cleaners. There is nothing wrong with that, and they typically do a fine job of cleaning the accumulated messy strata that cake onto the walls of your microwave. But, if you are anything like me, then you might have an almost magical loss of interest in doing something once you begin to dig out an armful of cleaning supplies. I know you may have heard this one before, but I want to tell you that a popular trick for cleaning the microwave is popular for a reason. Obtain a bowl. Fill it half-way with tap water. Pour in a bit of vinegar (a splash, or about an ounce if you want to get all measure-y). Nuke that bowl of water for about 60-90 seconds, so that it is steaming freely. Remove the (HOT) bowl, and use a cloth or sponge to wipe off the inside. Now, you can again neglect that microwave for another week or two.