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We all know that high-intensity heat of the microwaves can result in an explosion of food inside them. It might have happened to almost everyone. The important thing is cleaning the microwave after the mess has been made so that it appears clean, spotless, and does not smell bad.

Using a microwave to heat your food that already has leftover food and stains all over its insides is not what you should be accustomed to.

Here we have some useful tips for you so that you can clean that mess and make your microwave look brand new from inside to outside.

Best Ways to Clean the Insides

You might have spent a lot to find that one cleaner that perfectly does its job and cleans your microwave as it has never been used. However, the easiest solution can be made from what you already have at home. No need to keep spending on microwave cleaners.

You will need:

  • A half-cup of water.
  • A half-cup of vinegar.
  • One tablespoon dish soap that cuts grease.
  • A spray bottle.

What to do?

  • First, remove turntables and trays and soak them in warm water that has soap in it.
  • Spray all over the insides of the microwave and on its door with the cleaner that you made. Then close the door.
  • Set its timer to one minute and press start.
  • After one minute, open it and wait a few minutes to make sure the insides are cool.
  • To wipe the insides, use a damp piece of cloth.
  • Do not forget to wipe the door.

And voila!

How to Get Rid of Tough Stains?

Stains can be tough, and most of the times, it is not easy to get rid of them. For tough stains, it is better to repeat the above process, but for red food stains, a spray cleaner that has bleach in it will work best. Though it is said that bleach damages the plastic, you must know what type of material your microwave is made up of in order to avoid using such cleaner and ending up even more disappointed.

It is better to avoid using harsh sponges and pieces of cloth for cleaning as they can leaves scratches. If you see discoloration on the insides from cooking or burning, use a microfiber cloth to make a little extra effort.

Magic erasers are also praised for their quality of wiping out scuff marks, but sadly, they are not suitable for removing cooked-on stains. For getting rid of red sauce stains, using bleach cleaner spray is the right choice.

Always remember that food stains, in order to easily come off, will need moisture. However, discoloration on the insides means that the surface is changed; hence it will not come out.

Bad Smell? Here’s What You Can Do

If you feel a certain type of smell coming from your microwave, you usually avoid using it. But running away is never a solution, so why don’t just fix it?

Heat (250ml or one cup) of water with (1 tablespoon or 15ml) of lemon juice or vinegar for 3 to 5 minutes in your microwave. Then begin with cleaning the insides with a soft detergent and warm water. Use a microfiber cloth to dry it entirely. Your microwave will no longer smell like a rat has died inside it. 

Replacing or Cleaning the Filters

On the microwave’s underside, you will see grease filters. These are the ones that require cleaning with water and mild soap every month or probably according to the status indicator of the filter. Behind the vent, the grille will find a charcoal filter at the microwave’s top front. This filter is the one that does not need cleaning but changing, and it must be replaced every five or six months according to the indicator of the filter’s status.

What to Do About Noises?

Rumbling or Thumping

These mostly come from the microwave’s turntable. If you hear noises, check if your turntable is not installed properly. Also, check whether or not the support rollers are operating finely.

Not Operating

If your microwave is not operating, here what you should consider checking:

  • The power you are providing is not enough for it to work. For example, if it is plugged into an inverter. Plug your unit into a wall outlet and see if it works.
  • The control is probably locked.
  • You might have accidentally set the timer. To stop it, try pressing cancel.
  • The microwave’s door is not properly closed. See if anything is blocking and try to close it firmly.
  • If your microwave is working fine, but the turntable is not moving (spinning), install it properly into its place.

Door Issues

Having problems in closing your microwave’s door?

First of all, see if something is blocking its door lock. There is a possibility that the door contact area requires cleaning. After this, make sure that you have placed your microwave on a level surface. Placing your microwave on an uneven surface might keep the door from opening easily. Lastly, ensure that the release button of the door is being pressed hard enough.

Light Issues

Cooktop, Vent, or Interior Light Is Not Working

Check if the power supply is connected and if the fuses and circuit breakers are in the right order of working. If they are all okay, ensure that the bulb is working.

On the microwave’s underside, you will see the vent or cooktop light. In order to replace it, first, remove the cover screw of the bulb and then the bulb. Install a new incandescent bulb. Close its cover and put back the screw to secure it.

The interior light bulb will be apparent, at the microwave’s top front, behind the vent grille and under cover of the bulb. Not all models offer the option to replace it so check the microwave’s user’s manual to know if you can replace it in your model. 

Conclusion

Everything works fine as long as it is taken care of. Furniture, home appliances, and every other stuff require proper attention and maintenance. That way, it becomes easier to preserve their life and quality.

Microwave is used on a regular basis in almost all households. Keeping it from messes and unnecessary damage can help you use it for a couple more years. Though microwaves that we have today are improved models, and there are very fewer chances of anybody getting hurt or burned from any mishap, it is still important to check its condition every month so that if it requires any repairing or fixing, it can be done as soon as possible before it causes further damage.