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How to clean your microwave

Microwaves are such a smart invention that help us in many ways. We often forget that just like everything else in our house they need cleaning from times to times. Been heating up spaghetti and the sauce is now all over the insides of the microwave? Heating your leftover chicken and rice and tasting last nights salmon? Let me tell you that you definitely don’t want to leave leftover splattered food. Over time the grease and food give such a bad odor to your microwave and it can also change the flavor of the food you put in it. Plus who wants to put and heat up their food in a smelly dirty small box? Sounds terrible, right. I know cleaning it seems like hard work but it really isn’t that bad. All you need is your will to spend a couple of minutes taking care of it and some supplies you already have in your kitchen.

  1. Clean your microwave with a lemon.

I am going to start with the easiest trick I know. What you need? Lemon, water, dry cloth and… your microwave.

  • Add about ½ water in a bowl
  • Squeeze one lemon in the water and add the lemon halves as well
  • Microwave the mixture for 3 minutes
  • Leave that in for 5 minutes without opening the microwave. The steam needs to do its job
  • Remove the bowl and start wiping the insides of your microwave. If it has a turntable lift that as well and clean there
  • Don’t forget to clean your door as well
  • If there are spots that are harder to clean just dip the corner of your cloth in the lemon water and proceed with cleaning
  1. Clean your microwave with vinegar

Similar to the recipe above, this one includes water and a cloth. The only different ingredient really is vinegar instead of lemon and essential oil if you want. I always add essential oil since I can’t stand the smell of vinegar.

  • Add 2 cups of water in a bowl

  • Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and your essential oil

  • Microwave for 5 minutes

  • Leave that in for 3 minutes without opening the door. Just like the above recipe you should leave the steam do its job.

  • Remove the bowl and grab your cloth. Start cleaning and remove your turntable if you have one. Clean your door as well.

  1. Clean your microwave with dish soap

Literally the same process as the last two recipes. The only difference is that dish soap is involved.

  • Add 2 cups of water in a bowl
  • Drizzle some dish soap in the water and mix
  • Cook the soapy water for 3 minutes
  • Leave it in the microwave for 3 minutes without opening the door
  • Carefully remove the bowl, grab your cloth and start cleaning

 

  1. Clean your microwave with Window Cleaner

  • Mix one part warm water with two parts window cleaner
  • Dip a sponge in the mixture and start wiping the inside of the microwave
  • If there are any tough spots to clean soak them for a couple of minutes with the solution
  • Soak a cloth in water and wipe the inside. Keep in mind window cleaners contain harsh toxic chemicals so you should definitely wipe everything clean. You don’t want these chemicals to stick to your food
  • Leave the door open so the microwave can dry. If you think you need to double clean it with just water just to be extra sure you have cleaned the window cleaner
  • Clean the exterior of your microwave with the solution as well

 

Simple ways to keep your hardwood floors clean

 

Hardwood floors are definitely beautiful and classy, especially if you maintain them right. Fortunately cleaning hardwood floors is not something particularly hard. There are simple steps to follow which are going to guarantee you will be more than successful in the process.

 

General hardwood floor sanitation – a few tricks

 

The first thing to take notice of is whether your floor is prefinished or not. This is not as hard as it may sound. Prefinished hardwood floors have slightly raised edges. In case the surface is not glossy at all, chances are that the floor is either heavily stained or it is just unfinished. Prefinished floors are protected from water-damage and are very easy to clean. The unfinished ones would not pose much of a difficulty either, you will just have to be a little more careful not to leave them too moist in order to avoid damage. Remember, in case you cannot tell whether or not your hardwood floors are finished, it is always better to play it safe and opt to the gentler approach.

Start off by sweeping the floor using a soft-bristled broom. This is going to help you get rid of large pieces of dirt and soil, and thus only really small particles and dust will be left of the surface of your floor. Naturally, you can use a vacuum cleaner as well, but you should make sure that you have the right attachment in order to avoid damaging the wood.

The important thing to remember when you are tending hardwood floors is that you should neither overdo it nor underestimate the importance of proper regular cleaning. Sweeping and mopping your hardwood floors with clean water once or twice a week (depending on the traffic that it sustains) should be more than enough for every regular household. Additionally, if any spill occurs you should tend to it immediately by mopping, because even finished wood is prone to damage if you leave the spill for a long period of time.

 

In case special treatment is needed

 

Some spills and stains require special treatment. One good example of such a special case is the regular pet stain. You might need to use some special product in order to remove the damage, stain and bad odour. When picking up a detergent, you will not go wrong with a purpose produced hardwood floor cleaner. If you do not have access to such however, you can opt for a general cleaner that is usually to be found in every household. The items that you are to avoid at all cost are bleach, ammonia, abrasive cleaners or such that are prone to leave residue (including furniture cleaners and the likes). Those are going to damage the wood and have the opposite effect to the one you have been hoping for. After you mop the entire floor just concentrate on the area that has been inflicted with the stain. Scrubbing it with a cloth dipped into the cleaning solution would be the best approach. This should be the trick and it would be just as easy as it sounds.

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