Cleaning the Microwave with Vinegar

After yesterday’s cake-in-a-cup fiasco, I decided it was time to give the microwave a good cleaning. On Pinterest, I found and eco-friendly method using vinegar and water. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:

The method is very simple, and you can find it almost anywhere on the Internet. Just fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and add a dash of vinegar. Microwave for five minutes and wipe the inside of the appliance clean.

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We work our microwave pretty hard, and though we clean it regularly, there are some baked-on grease stains in there:

 I put the bowl of water and vinegar into the appliance and ran it for five minutes. I was a little worried that the whole kitchen would end up smelling like vinegar, but that turned out not to be the case. After the five minutes, I removed the bowl with oven-mitts (it will be hot!!) and wiped the inside with a microfiber cloth.

The results were somewhat disappointing. The grease stains in the corner were basically unaffected by the vinegar, which I would expect, but the method didn’t even make a dent in the baked on cake from yesterday. It was still hard and stuck firmly to the glass.

So I got out the Windex…

…which worked on the cake splatter, but not on the grease stain.

Next, I turned to Bon Ami cleanser.

Bon ami is French for “Good friend.”

A little better, perhaps, but by no means did it put the microwave back into factory condition.

What can I say? It’s clean, I know it’s clean, but the stains, like memories of cake-in-a-cup disasters, will always be there.

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