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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Getting Stubborn Stains off Your Microwave

Prevention is always better than cure. Yet stains and grime on kitchen is the bane of a cook's existence.

Cover food stuff like gravies with a microwave safe loose lid. This ensures that the walls of the microwave are not splattered with gravy. Be very careful while opening the lid. Use gloves and don't lean in too close. The escaping steam can burn you.
 In spite of all the care, you may still find ugly blotches sticking to your microwave. Don't get frustrated.

Here's how you get it off.

1/2 lime + 1 heaped tbsp of baking soda + 2 cups water microwaved on high for 5 minutes + wiping with a warm damp cloth immediately. Hot steam, lime and soda will have softened the grime making it easy to wipe off. 

Do this regularly, you don't have to worry about the foodstuff sticking to the walls, affecting the flavour/health of the food you are currently cooking. 

Regular microwave users can clean it every night with a warm damp cloth - just like you clean your LPG stove, when you are done for the day.  You can give it the lemon - soda treatment every fortnight.