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How To Clean Your Microwave

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Low angle view of baking soda with vinegar, natural mix for effective house cleaning Maintain the cleanliness of your microwave to ensure that it functions properly and that it removes any unpleasant smoke odors from your home.

How To Clean A Microwave Oven

Microwaves, like any other kitchen appliance in your Newcastle,WA, home, must be cleaned periodically to stay in top working condition. An unpleasant smoke smell can also appear if your device isn’t cleaned properly. If you need help restoring your after a kitchen fire, contact a fire restoration service right away.

Cleaning Tips After Every Use:

  • The inside of the microwave should be cleaned every time you use it.
  • Wipe the inside walls and the tray with a wet cloth right after use.

If food becomes hardened, place a bowl of water with a small amount of vinegar inside the unit and warm it up for several seconds. This acts as a steam clean to loosen the food particles. If the tray is especially dirty, place it in the sink filled with warm, sudsy water for a few minutes. Rinse and dry before replacing it.

Maintenance Steps For Periodic Cleaning

There are a few working parts within the appliance that need to be cleaned or replaced periodically. The charcoal filter should be changed a couple times a year. Since this filter absorbs pollutants, replacing it before it stops working helps to keep any smoke smell at bay. It’s important to note that the charcoal filter is only significant on units that have recirculating air. If your model vents to the outside, you can skip this maintenance step.

In over-the-counter ranges, the grease filter should be cleaned frequently. Manufacturer’s recommendations may vary, so follow the instructions in your operator’s manual. As a rule of thumb, however, once per month is sufficient to keep it working well. Remove the filter and place it in hot, soapy water. You can lightly scrub the filter with a soft brush if necessary.

The vent grill should be cleaned periodically as well. Refer to your owner’s manual for details on how to clean it.

Keep your microwave clean so that it functions well and removes unpleasant smoke smell from your home.

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