Welcome to the chemist solutions series! I gave you a sneak peak last week about my crazy “mad scientist” thought process and a new series that will be starting!
I was excited everyone seemed to be looking forward to this fantastic new series that is going to be full of great information to make your life healthier, easier and better!
The first installment is all about the easiest, most effective best DIY microwave cleaner that I have been using for about eight years and swear by.
One of my pet peeves is a nasty microwave! It really grosses me out and gets under my skin…I have always been this way. When I worked in an office, there was always someone burning popcorn or splattering food all over the microwave, then leaving it!
Cleaning a microwave and getting rid of the scent can be a little tricky too. First off, store bought cleaners are pricey and full of unsafe chemicals that aren’t even necessary to clean with. When it comes to a microwave, the last thing you want to do is add an ingredient that will react with the microwave when it’s on.
Store bought cleaners don’t always work that great either. I have spent so much time scrubbing down a microwave and really using some “elbow grease” to get it clean.
But, there is a much easier, effective way to do so with this DIY microwave cleaner.
The star ingredients in this cleaner are simply vinegar, water, and lemon.
Vinegar is one of the best cleaning elements you will ever use. It is actually fermented alcohol which makes it highly acidic. This acidic property is what allows for heavy duty cleaning.
Water is another fascinating ingredient that helps with the steaming process. Lemon is perfect deodorizer too!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 lemon
In a small, microwaveable bowl, mix the water and vinegar together. Cut open the lemon and squeeze out all the juice, then throw the lemon halves right into the liquid.
The key is to use a smaller bowl so it heat up the solution faster. Add the bowl to the microwave and heat for 10 minutes.
After the 10 minutes, it should be boiling and steamy inside (if it isn’t, your microwave may not be as strong or your bowl is too big, just heat for longer if this is the case). With a towel, simply wipe the inside out. It should clean everything really easy!
Bonus: This hot steamy bowl of lemony vinegar can be used to clean off your stove top, sink or anything else in the kitchen that may have some extra junk on it!
You may see different DIY recipes online that have more ingredients, but I promise, they aren’t necessary. These three are all that you need for a perfectly clean microwave.
I have been making this little recipe for years and I shared it with my friend once. She was curious how it worked so well?
It is the steam effect that makes this work like magic! Boiling water steams fairly quick, but then adding in the acidic vinegar steam will allow for all food or stuck on items to just loosen and break apart!
So, now you have the recipe for the BEST DIY Microwave Cleaner that will save you time and money!
Come back next week for more chemist solutions for healthier, easier, and better living!