Who hates cleaning the microwave? I'm with you girls. It used to be one of my least favorite things to do. In fact, I would clean the entire kitchen until it sparkled but leave the microwave untouched in hopes that no one would open the door and peek in. This was my madness until I discovered a secret tucked away in a magazine article a few years back. I don't know who discovered this concept, but its brilliant, easy, and it works. Here's what you'll need:.
1 incredibly dirty, food splattered microwave
1 coffee mug full of water
2 Tablespoons of baking soda
1 damp cleaning/dish rag
Make sure your coffee mug is microwave safe. Fill it with water leaving an inch at the top of the mug. Next, drop in your heaping tablespoons of baking soda. Don't stir. Place it in the microwave and turn it on for three minutes or however long it takes for water to boil in your appliance. When the water is boiling and the timer goes off, DON"T open the door. If you do, you will spoil the fantabulous event taking place inside your microwave. Something spectacular is happening inside your lightning speed heating machine. When 10 to 15 minutes have passed, open up the microwave and begin to wipe. This is going to blow your mind! It blew mine the first time I tried it. Every bit of food will wipe away. No muscle power or elbow grease required!
What's the dirty little secret? As the steam fills the inside of your microwave and the water molecules evaporate upwards, it carries with it particles of baking soda. The baking soda sticks to the food particles all over your microwave, causing the food to become unattached. "Abracadabra" the food wipes away.
As a side note, this also makes a great science experiment on the water cycle, water evaporation, and air pollution. If you want to teach this topic to a little one, just explain that as the sun heats up water on the earth, it evaporates up as water vapor into the atmosphere. As the water vapor rises, it carries with it any pollution we have created in the air. As the water reaches the sky and attaches to dust molecules it forms clouds. As the clouds become heavy, the clouds darken and precipitation begins to fall to the earth in the form of rain, sleet, snow, or hail. The pollution from the water then falls back down to the earth inside the precipitation, polluting our streams, rivers, and oceans. When we pollute the air with chemicals and trash particles the pollution spreads as it is carried up and then falls back down to the earth.
I'm a firm believer that we should take good care of the earth and our microwaves. If we care about the earth the Lord has given us, we should clean up pollution whenever we can. As far as your electromagnetic appliance goes, this little trick destroys pollution inside it's four walls and you don't have to dread cleaning it any longer!