So a couple TV dinners have went off like a hand grenade in your microwave, and you’ve tried everything but a belt sander to remedy this mess. Have no fear here are a few quick, and easy tips to get your microwave back to respectability.
You’ll need a few things:
- A microwave safe cup, or coffee mug
- One oven mitt
- One spray bottle of all purpose cleaner
- One Scotch-Brite pad
- A few dry towels
First open your microwave. Wow what a mess! Now don’t bust your fingernails to get this problem solved. First fill your microwave safe cup, or mug with regular old tap water. Fill the cup to about 3/4.
Place the cup, or mug on the carousel plate, close the microwave door, and heat it for about five to six minutes. Just do it at regular power. What we want is to cause the water to come to a boil, and loosen the debris with steam. If you need more time then 5 minutes, go for it. Just be careful because upon completion this mug, or cup is going to be hotter than any gaming console on black Friday.
5 minutes later your microwave should have run its cycle, and be done. Open the door, and you will feel the steam if you have done this step properly.
Next grab you oven mitt, place in on your hand, and carefully remove the extremely hot cup; we don’t want your palm to be branded with “World Greatest Dad”. Just place it in the sink for now, and let it cool on it own. Do not run cold water over the cup, as it could crack.
Remove your oven mitt. Then remove the carousel plate, and track from the microwave. Place them in the sink as well, and pickup your all purpose sprayer. Set the sprayer to a wide angle spray, and give the interior of the microwave a little spritz. Three or four sprays will be plenty.
Moving forward pick up your Scotch-Brite pad, and scrub away at the interior of the microwave. Not much force should have to be expelled for this process, as the steam should have done most of the grunt work. In this process the microwave cleaning will seem like your making more of a mess. Don’t worry about that your just trying to loosen up any grease or build up.
Next grab a few dry towels, and wipe away all the muck that you have now created. Try and get the majority of this muck out of the microwave prior to proceeding to the next step.
Alright there is a light at the end of this microwave now, or maybe your microwave light was covered in grease prior, and your now just being able to see it. Again grab your all purpose sprayer, and give the microwave another three to four shots.
Now take a few more dry rags, and complete the cleaning of the microwave interior. Make sure the microwave is completely dry.
Your microwave should look like new again. If you notice paint that has chipped away that you couldn’t see before, or bare metal that is exposed it may be time for a new microwave. More than likely your microwave is now clean as a whistle proceed.
Now go back to the sink, and wash your carousel plate with just plain old dish soap and water. Do the same for the circular track if you have one. Dry these items off, and place them back in the microwave. Your cup, or mug should be cool enough now to bring it back to a safe temperature with luke warm. Wash it up and you are done.