I’m one of those people who just pops a bowl of sauce in the microwave uncovered and then screams in horror when it explodes all over the place. When it looks like a food bomb has exploded in your poor microwave, there are quick ways to clean it, and simple tips to keep it from happening again.
To clean out your microwave, you can do one of two things- you can do what my fiance does and place a bowl of soapy water in the microwave and let it cook for about 2 or 3 minutes (depending on how filthy your microwave is), or you can do what I do and take a wet rag and pop it in the microwave for 1 minute, and then burn the crap out of your fingers trying to handle the rag that is steaming up your microwave. Whichever method you choose to use, the point is they WORK, in steaming up the debris stuck in your microwave making it simple to wipe out.
To clean out your microwave after steaming it up, simply take a napkin or coffee filter and wipe the microwave out. Ta-da! Squeaky clean microwave without having to spray it with harsh chemicals or really putting your back into it. If you have a super nasty microwave that hasn’t seen a cleaning tool since it was purchased (4 years ago) you can repeat the steaming method until the really stubborn gunk and grease comes out.
To keep your microwave cleaner longer, it’s obvious- cover your dishes when they hit the microwave! We keep a bag of coffee filters handy for just the purpose of covering spaghetti sauces and anything that pops in the microwave, causing an explosion of food particles all over the microwave. Simply draping a napkin, paper towel, or a coffee filter (which sticks to your food less) over your food while it’s heating up will keep the splatters at bay. Also, if putting an actual lid on your food (who woulda ever thought of that?) don’t close it tightly or else in about a minute you will hear a bomb exploding in your microwave as the lid is steamed off the bowl, followed by food happily coating your entire microwave. No bueno.
Hope these tips help to keep your microwave cleaner without having to strain your back to get all the crap out of it!