How to: Clean the Microwave

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In the past we've posted about cleaning sponges by nuking them in the microwave. However, one ATLA reader had a good question:

How do you get the stinky sponge smell out of the microwave?

Well, here's one solution that will also clean the inside. First, wipe out any excess crumbs. Then fill a microwave-safe bowl with about 1-2 cups of water. Add some lemon juice, or put in half a piece of fresh cut lemon (squeezing some juice out first) into the bowl...

Microwave until the water is boiling. Then let it sit for a few minutes to let the steam penetrate the interior. Carefully remove the bowl and interior tray. Wipe down the interior with a damp cloth. Wash the tray in the sink with dish soap, dry, and then return to microwave. For the outside, spray with a kitchen cleaner and wipe with paper towels. The main idea is that the steam from the water will loosen food particles, and the lemon will add a fresh smell.

Does anyone else have any tips for cleaning the microwave?

(Edited from a post originally published 6.12.06 - CB)

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