We have a white kitchen with white appliances. Our white microwave is right over our white stove... though I realized right at that very moment, the grill had not been cleaned in a really long time. The following post and pictures are going to be shocking... but rest easy though, I'm going to tell you how to clean your decade old microwave to look almost brand new!
|My eleven-year-old microwave grill after some "rescue" cleaning|
|Ain't nobody got time for that!|
Okay, brace yourselves, we are going in for a close up....
|I am so ashamed.|
Ug. So so SO gross. I went on the interwebs and the youtubes (I personally like saying them better with "s's") and found there are about 1 billion ways to clean these puppies. What I wanted was the most efficient, and easiest way to make this look like new again. First of all, did you know for example, that you can REMOVE this grill? Say wha? That's right, on top of most microwave grills are a few screws you can remove with a Phillips head screwdriver.
|screws along the top of your microwave... who knew??|
|Never before seen footage of the inside, behind the grill portion of my microwave|
|Nasty inner microwave filter that has never seen the light of day|
Okay so back to the grill I placed half of it in my sink and thought, this is stuck on grease, I need a de-greaser. The interwebs had a number of home remedies but I thought I would start with the easiest. My Lysol antibacterial kitchen spray cleaner, which is also a de-greaser would be my first attempt. I figured if it didn't work out I would move on to the "bigger guns". I sprayed half that grill down good and let it "soak" in the juices for a few minutes. Wouldn't you know it, but I started to see the stuck on grease start sliding off the grill into the sink. On my first try? Sa-weet!
I got out our trusty, older, just for cleaning toothbrush and scrubbed half of it and rinsed it off with hot water. You also have to flip it over and scrub the other side, which also has many nooks and crannies of grossness.
After more Lysol, hot water, a toothbrush, and even some Q-tips in the tight spaces, I could not believe how awesome half of the grill looked. I was actually giddy about this astounding change.
|half in light, half in "darkness"|
It looks brand-stinkin' NEW!
By the way, those nasty filters? Well did you know that there are two more of them UNDER the microwave for a total of three? They catch quite a bit of grease from your stove top and were also in desperate need of a deep cleaning. We popped all of them out and went a Googlin' to see what could be done. There were vinegar dip methods and steam methods, but the easiest suggestion was to pop them in your dishwasher and BAM... a miracle would happen.
|Holy cow... now that is CLEAN!|
|Still pretty shocked actually|
|Like new I tell ya!|
We popped all the filters back into the places and snapped the grill back into place. The whole microwave was gleaming with clean pride.
Of course, you can't clean the outside, and the deep dark never before seen before inside filters, and not clean the regular inside of the microwave where the food goes. For this we put 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar in a large glass bowl and microwaved for 3-5 minutes, which will boil the water and create steam. Once the timer dings, you let it sit and let it steam in there for another few minutes. When the water is a little cooler, open the microwave door, wipe down everything with a cloth or paper towel.
Not too shabby. Clean and disinfected too! I decided to blog about this because I was completely unaware of those filters in and under the microwave. How I missed this little tip in home ec class I will never know. Obviously grease and fuzz building up over time could possibly lead to a fire hazard and I wanted to pass these tips on to anyone else who might not even realize they were there and could be easily cleaned. Also, I am so please with how my grill looks now. I so wish I would have figured this out years ago, but so glad we could at least make it happen now and get such wonderful results.
|From shabby to chic on a Saturday afternoon|
Seriously I can't stop staring at my super clean microwave every time I saunter by it in the kitchen. It's like NEW!! I keep exclaiming to my hubby.
And to think... I have a leaky sink and a new faucet to thank for all of this. God bless the chain reaction weekend!!